Golden cup- usa defeated panama to get to the semifinals

Golden Cup- USA Defeated Panama to get to the Semifinals

The US was able to qualify for the Golden Cup semifinals after a penalty in extra-time left the team with a 2-1 score. The game was a close one; the Americans started with sloppy playing and, despite having better stats than Panama, were at first unable to open the score. The team missed easy shots and its defense wasn’t as aggressive as usual, leaving the Canaleros able to take advantage of the situation and even letting them score. Panama opened the score before halftime when, at minute 46, Blas Perez smashed the ball and bypassed US keeper Troy Perkins to end with the ball deep in the net. At halftime, we can be sure that American coach Bob Bradley gave a good talk to his players, especially since the team recovered easily at the beginning of the second half. Just four minutes into after halftime, USA leveled the score with a powerful shot from Beckerman, beating goalkeeper Penedo. After that goal, USA kept battling but was not able to score another goal in regulation. Panama kept up a strong defense, struggling to handle the pressure that the Americans were applying. With no more goals, regulation ended and an extra-time was held to decide which team would qualify for the semifinals. During the extra-time both teams kept fighting but a foul from Roman Torres, who kicked high at Kenny Cooper’s chest, gave the USA an opportunity for a penalty kick. Kenny Cooper performed the penalty kick, closing the game with the goal. The final score of 2-1 gave the Americans their qualification for the Gold Cup semifinals. At the end of the game, coach and manager Bob Bradley expressed his satisfaction at the effort brought by his players and hoped that they would have enough time to recover for their semifinals match on Thursday against Honduras. «It was a challenge to the team to be in that spot at halftime and I still felt good that the response was strong. When we didn’t finish the game in regulation, you still got a sense the mentality was ‘we’re going to take care of this thing.’ The players deserve a lot of credit for that,» Bradley stated. On the other hand, midfielder Beckerman said that this game against Panama took a lot from his teammates, especially because some of his them hadn’t played an over-time game in a long time. Beckerman stated that his team really needed to recover faster so they could prepare for Honduras, a great team looking for payback. The game against Honduras will be an exciting game to watch; we wish the best for both teams and hope to see great soccer at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Thursday, July 23th.

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