United States proved itself as one of the CONCACAF giants. Had struggled in qualifying, Bob Bradley's foster children eventually successfully penetrate the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
In the semi-finals which took place in Relliant Stadium, Houston, Texas Thursday, June 23, 2011 overthrew host Panama with the score 1-0. Earlier, in the group stage C, the two teams met. At that time Panama give surprised after overthrew the U.S. 2-1.
Not wanting to be embarrassed again, the U.S. tried to retaliate in the game this time by trying to control the game from the first round. Panama also seeks to attack, but the tough defense to do Carlos Bocanegra et al make them difficult to penetrate the nets host.
Panama's best chance came 61 minutes, the ball only sideways thin on the left side of the U.S. goal. 66 minutes, U.S. coach Bob Bradley make the turn formation. Their striker, Juan Agudelo Freddy Adu was replaced so that the U.S. play with 6 midfielders.
Clint Dempsey play as a lone striker. The new entrance, directly Adu making opportunities. Benfica midfielder is run through the Panama defense yet again wasted opportunities.
Ultimately the goal that the public awaited the host came on 76 minutes. Landon Donova cooperation, Freddy Adu and Alejandro Bedoya produce goals who scored by Clint Dempsey.
The Fulham midfielder scored the only goal in this match. The U.S. also cruised back to the final, after 2009 do the same. The U.S. is now awaiting the winner between Mexico and Honduras who will soon take place.
United States : Tim Howard, Carlos Bocanegra, Steven Cherundolo, Eric Lichaj, Clarence Goodson, Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan (Landon Donovan 46), Alejandro Bedoya, Juan Agudelo (Freddy Adu 66), Clint Dempsey
Coach: Bob Bradley
Panama : Jaime Penedo, Roman Torres, Adolfo Machado, Luis Henriquez, Felipe Baloy, Gabriel Gomez (Anibal Godoy 86), Nelson Collins (Gabriel Torres 86), Armando Cooper (Luis Renteria 71), Quintero, Almicar Espinosa, Luis Tejada
Coach: Julio Valdes