Gold Cup Final: USA vs. Panama (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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By IVES GALARCEP

CHICAGO- The U.S. Men’s National Team will look to recapture the CONCACAF Gold Cup title we haven’t seen the Americans lift since 2007, and the U.S. will look to do so today against Panama (4pm, FOX) in Soldier Field, the same stadium where their last Gold Cup triumph took place.

Standing in the way of an American championship and Windy City celebration is Panama, which rolls into the Gold Cup riding a wave of confident after beating Mexico for the second time in the tournament to secure a place in the final.

Landon Donovan has been the player of the tournament, leading the U.S. attack, but he will go up against a tough Panama defense that has come together well despite missing captain Felipe Baloy. For Panama, Blas Perez will look to lead an attack that features another dangerous striker in Gabriel Torres.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s Gold Cup Final, so please feel free to follow along with the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Today’s SBI Live Commentary is after the jump):

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82 Responses to Gold Cup Final: USA vs. Panama (SBI Live Match Commentary)

  1. MBF says:

    How well do you think Beasley will hold up against Panama? D

  2. Coco says:

    Lineup just announced. It’s a midfield of Bedoya Holden Donovan corona. Bit surprising

    • Coco says:

      With beckerman of course

    • ec says:

      Love having both Bedoya and Corona! It’s like having two real wingers out there. Torres shows promise in the middle, but I’m not a huge fan of him out on the wing.

      • Dudester says:

        Sorry but Bedoya and Corona aren’t “real” wings.Bedoya is somewhat like a traditional wing, he can get past a fullback sometimes.Two real wingers in our player pool would be Joe Gyau and Josh Gatt.

  3. Ali Dia says:

    Ives– Do you think CONCACAF would have moved on the Klinsmann suspension if Mexico had defeated Panama. I doubt it would’ve happened — would’ve provided an unnecessary and barely deserved distraction to the anticipated clash of the traditional regional heavyweights.

    It’s hard for me not to think that the suspension was an opportunistic chance to give the appearance of fairness at a minimal price. Same old CONCACAF..

    It doesn’t really matter– as everyone has said, the USA players should be capable of taking care of the remaining business

    • Mig says:

      CONCACAF simply followed the FIFA rules and chose not to overrule the referee. CONCACAF did NOT engineer a separate ruling, they merely failed to overrule. No conspiracy, no drama. Happens all the time, all over the world.

  4. Jeff carter says:

    I’m stuck on a long road trip. Anyone know a radio station I can get on I heart radio to listen to the final?

  5. Shawn says:

    why is holden starting of mix?

  6. Dudester says:

    Panama with the first pressured attack in the 10 min.Beas an Corona get done down the left.

  7. biff says:

    This line-up, with Corona on the left for the first time in the tournament is making me nervous. Usually, the best policy is, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  8. Dudester says:

    Well well.Stu goes off the field for a knock to his knee.It looks to bee the right knee not his bum left knee that took the knock.

    • Dudester says:

      Not trying to be debbie downer.I’d venture to say the chances of him being the same player he was back in 10-11 are slim to none.

    • Big Red says:

      His left knee took the hit but his right knee seemed to be the one that bothered him. The trainers were doing a “Lachman” test on him continually which is used to check for an ACL tear. Usually you hear a click when you do the test and that means the ACL is intact. Curious why they kept doing it over and over. He seemed to be in pain which usually means a sprain and not an ACL injury.

      • Grant says:

        you were dead-on, Big Red.
        well done

      • edmondo says:

        Spot on…they just stated it’s a sprain. That is not as bad, I have had it before. Depending on how severe it is, he should be fine in a few weeks. I wonder how much of it is a result of the fact that his body is not used to playing every 3 days and could take a while to acclimate.

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        I always understood part of the reason you “test” both is one is a “control” to see if the sideways movement on the other is comparable. You’re concerned if one knee shifts more than the other.

        Also was a weird situation where he hurt one knee noncontact but also maybe hyperextended the other a little knocking knees.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      I think he hurt it a step before most everyone thinks. I think you see the twitch on the step before he knocks knees or puts the right back down. No contact at that point.

      The rate at which he’s walking strikes me as either a real good or bad sign.

  9. Shawn says:

    looks like he hyper extended it

  10. Citronomics says:

    Ok… So far I’m impressed with Beckerman. His speed of play is quicker (as it should be today) and mixing up passes well. Not saying he’s the solution at D-mid in Klinsi’s 4-2-3-1 but comfortable with him (given his body of work in this tourney) as a backup to Bradley or JJ.

  11. petedx says:

    Looks like Torres tried to put that cross in with a part of the body not meant for that sort of thing.

  12. deepvalue says:

    Appeared Beckerman might have kicked him in the stones.

  13. RB says:

    I’d like to know how many touches Rimando already has in this game…

  14. Dudester says:

    One of Beck or Mix need to look up and make a pass out of the back.We know it prob wont be Beck so it’s up to Mix.More importantly there needs to be some runs from the front four for this to be possible, they look pretty stagnant in transition.

    • Dudester says:

      One of Beck or Mix need to look up and make a p@ss out of the back.We know it prob wont be beck so it’s up to Mix.More importantly there needs to be some runs out the front four for this to be possible, they look pretty stagnant in transition.

  15. Shawn says:

    sub in brek shea for bedoya and switch sides with corona

    also get mix more touches hes a good conductor and has good composure and vision

    • chris says:

      Should’ve moved bedoya in the middle, corona out right and put shea out left. Mixx doesn’t move out of the center circle

      • Shawn says:

        what are you talking about? have you been watching

        • chris says:

          Bedoyas been involved in every dangerous play for the us. He plays in the middle for club. Mixx gets the ball twirls and passes it right back to the defense

        • chris says:

          Bedoyas been involved in every dangerous play for the us. He plays in the middle for club. Mixx gets the ball twirls and p@sses it right back to the defense

  16. chris says:

    P@ssing the ball backwards every f*ckin time does nothing. Move off the ball, take people on holy sh!t

  17. Mike R says:

    John Obrien JR is done.

    Is there anyone coaching this team? Seems like our game plan is give the ball to te center backs and let them pass it back to each other then launch it 30 yard in the air for a turnover.

    Panamas gameplay is to hit the ground for anything

  18. Francois says:

    Another suspect Referee, typical. Doesn’t help that the Panaminians are going down if a fly touches them today.

  19. biff says:

    Just do not understand why Torres, after starting basically the whole tournament on the left with the USMNT an attacking machine, was benched for the final with Corona moved to the right for the first time. Why tinker like this in the final.

  20. Mikebsiu says:

    At the game now, no clear chances for the USA. We need to create more chances.

  21. Jeter says:

    Man I hope Stuart Holden is ok. It’s always those situations where there’s minimal contact but the injury is severe. He got bumped on his left knee but the pain seems to be in his right knee. I’m unsure which knee he had surgery on.

  22. Shawn says:

    you could tell the knee injury wasnt that severe

  23. deepvalue says:

    Will Panama get tired?

  24. Dudester says:

    Drop beck who does very little passing going forward and sub in Torres.Hopefully that will mean quicker and more insisive p@ssing out the back.Question is can Torres and Mix do the same job defensively that Becker does.

  25. Dudester says:

    Drop beck who does very little p@ssing going forward and sub in Torres.Hopefully that will mean quicker and more insisive p@ssing out the back.Question is can Torres and Mix do the same job defensively that Becker does.

  26. Crown Heights says:

    obvious A-team
    ————————-Altidore————————-
    Dempsey——————————————Donovan
    ————————-Bradley————————–
    ————-Cameron————-Jones——————-
    F. Johnson—————————————–Chandler
    —————Besler————–Gonzo——————
    ————————-Howard————————–

    • Shawn says:

      this

    • chris says:

      Chandler had a really bad year. He hasn’t shown he’s better than Cherundolo

      • The Imperative Voice says:

        Dolo, like Holden, can’t stay healthy enough to merit any sort of preference.

        But I did think Chandler was not playing as well when he came back. I agree there.

        But we keep trying to use him L and he’s R. If Dolo is out and we’re considering Cameron or whatever why not Chandler. I think we see where either FJ or Beasley can hack the L so forcing a switch is unnecessary.

      • Crown Heights says:

        Cherundolo’s a founding father–gotta love him. I just see Chandler as the heir-apparent, and Cherundolo’s still getting back in form.

        Also, figuring out where Zusi fits in is fun

    • BrianK says:

      Not so your A-team is so obvious. Is Cameron a lock? Is Chandler,…his future is actually quite murky at this point and no so sure he will even be in the squad. Gonzo,….you think Goodson will have anything to say about that?

  27. Shawn says:

    reffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Francois says:

    That’s a penalty everyday of the week. How is that not a penalty for a handball?

  29. Francois says:

    Oh Landon, you’ve gotta put that on frame.

  30. Shawn says:

    diskerud has been very good

  31. The Imperative Voice says:

    They look better this half. First half was them bunkering and then throwing Quintero at us. This is starting to open up a little and we’re getting down the flanks.

    • The Imperative Voice says:

      I’d like to see more combination play in the midfield. Little too positional.

  32. petedx says:

    So does the 4th official always check substitutes nails? I just saw him looking at Shea and they made the Panama sub get out a nail clipper and trim his earlier.

  33. Shawn says:

    bnrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

    i was right

  34. Dudester says:

    Where is Pablo Ramirez when you need him? This other guy that Univision uses is annoying as f*ck.

    • MLS_Soccer_Talker says:

      Pablo Ramirez is annoying. This new guy is at least tolerable.

    • Judging Amy says:

      Hilarious to me that anyone could be less annoying than Pablo Ramirez. Dude is a complete clown.

  35. Dudester says:

    Oh yeah figures, he’s doing the chivas game.

  36. Dudester says:

    EJ slacking on the run to goal after giving it to Landon who tries to give it back.

  37. The Imperative Voice says:

    Quit sloppiness and kickball please.

  38. deepvalue says:

    EJ is gassed. Put someone in to run it out.

  39. Dudester says:

    Hit that first time on your favored left peg Brek.

  40. Dudester says:

    Brek looks slower off the mark than he was before the foot injury.Seems to have trouble cutting different directions.He looks less mobile than when he tore up MLS for that one season.I wonder if we underestimate how long it will take him to get back to that top form.

  41. Limey says:

    From the list of players not named Diskerud (clear MotM) who would you pick as (2nd best) player for the US?

  42. Shawn says:

    USA USA USA!!!!!!!!

  43. Ronster says:

    I thought the award ceremony was going to be on Fox Soccer Channel – all we got is a lousy Man U rerun!