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USA vs Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup Predictions and Preview Who Will Win
CONCACAF GOLD CUP – THIRD PLACE PLAY OFF – USA vs Panama
Finally a long running CONCACAF tournament is reaching its final few matches the finalists have been decided. Semifinals were played between four teams: USA vs Jamaica and Mexico vs Panama. Excitement was high and all four teams played to their best potential. We all know that in the game of football, there is always controversy in decision making and the same was visible in the semifinals as well. The final two teams to compete for the title would be Mexico and Jamaica. The loss for USA and Panama is considered to be highly controversial in the respective semi-final matches played by two teams.
Heartbreaking Loss for Panama in Semi-Finals
Players protested after the final whistle was blown in the match between Mexico and Panama which ended in a 2-1 loss for Panama. A penalty kick was given in 89th minute with just 5 minutes away from the closure of the match (counting the additional minutes). Even Andres Guardado considered the penalty as missing and this has sparked a huge controversy in the match. Panama has called Concaf as corrupt thieves due to the exit in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup by losing to Mexico on Wednesday. It has been an emotional exit for team Panama as they fought valiantly in the complete game. Earlier they were reduced to 10 players in the first half while leading to 1-0. American referee later only pointed to handball from Captain Roman Torres which sparked controversy. With penalty kick given to Mexico, they pounced on the opportunity and leveled the score. Even the replays showed that it was a wrong decision from referee Mark Geiger. In the extra time, Mexico was able to score the double which ended in a win for Mexico and a heartbreaking loss to Panama. Panama defender called it a big corruption issue and also stated that CONCACAF can play the final and fill the pockets. Panama is now all set to play against USA in the third place play off on 25th July Saturday which would be another clash to look forward as both USA and Panama would be looking to end up on third spot.
Major Upset for USA
It was a historical match on Wednesday as CONCACAF witnessed the biggest upset in Gold Cup in which Jamaica defeated the defending Champions USA. It was free kick from Giles Barnes which ended in a shocking climax to the match between USA and Jamaica as hosts got dumped in the semifinals. Defending champions USA has missed out for the sixth straight championship finals despite efforts from Michael Bradley. Clint Dempsey has admitted that the team has not been able to build enough chances and USA was unable to find an equalizer as Jamaica team has pulled off the biggest upset in the history of Gold Cup. Now USA has to face Panama and It would be desperate match for both teams as they would be looking forward for the last ditch effort to secure some honor by winning the third place play off against Panama.
Gold Cup 2015 has witnessed some of the exciting matches till now and even the last third place play off would be no different than any. Both USA and Panama would be looking forward to third place playoff to be played on 25th July 2015. Looking at the current form and performances of both Panama and USA team in their previous encounters, it looks like a heck of a match is waiting for the football sports lovers. Both teams are looking strong and would be looking to win this match and complete their Gold Cup 2015 campaign with a win.
Gold Cup – Group A play USA vs Panama
Date – Monday, Jul 13, 2015
Time – 9:30pm EST
USA vs Panama Who Will Win
USA will win this Match 3:2
An upset is highly unlikely, although the score may be closer than expected.
Team Line up
Goalkeeper: Nick Rimando
Defense: Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Omar Gonzalez, Brad Evans
Midfield: Mix Diskerud, Graham Zusi, Michael Bradley, Gyasi Zardes
Forward: Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson
USA vs Panama Team
USA – Guzan; Johnson, Alvarado, Brooks, Chandler; Yedlin, Beckerman, Zardes; Bradley; Dempsey, Altidore
Panama – Penedo; Henríquez, Torres, Cummings, Machado; Godoy, Gómez; Pimentel, Quintero; Tejada, Pérez
You can watch this game live on Abu Dhabi Sports 3, BeIN Sports Espana, BT Sport Extra, Fox Sports 2 HD, Sport TV1, SportKlub 1, Fox Soccer 2GO, Univision Deportes