PHILADELPHIA – What was essentially a third string U.S. national soccer team remain in contention to win their third straight CONCACAF Gold Cup following a 2-1 comeback victory over Panama last night.
Kenny Cooper’s penalty kick in the 105th minute completed the victory and a secured a semifinal berth against Honduras for the tournament’s host nation.
Blas Perez had put Panama ahead in stoppage time of the first half. Kyle Beckernman’s equalized with his first international goal in the 49th.
Match: United States vs. Panama
Date: July 18, 2009
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup — Quarterfinal
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees
PAN — Blas Perez 46+ minute
USA — Kyle Beckerman (Davy Arnaud) 49
USA — Kenny Cooper (penalty kick) 105
USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 16-Jay Heaps, 4-Chad Marshall, 12-Jimmy Conrad (capt.) (3-Clarence Goodson, 46+), 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers (21-Brad Evans, 110); 11-Brian Ching, 22-Davy Arnaud (17-Kenny Cooper, 77)
Subs not used: 13-Colin Clark, 15-Sam Cronin, 18-Luis Robles, 20-Santino Quaranta
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo; 5-Roman Torres, 23-Felipe Baloy (capt ), 14-Armando Gun; 3-Luis Moreno, 6-Gabriel Gomez, 16-Manuel Torres, 20-Rolando Escobar (15-Ricardo Phillips, 78), 10-Nelson Barahona (11-Victor Herrera, 96); 9-Jose Luis Garces, 7-Blas Perez
Subs not used: 2-Carlos Rivera; 8-Alberto Blanco, 12-Oscar McFarlane, 18-Luis Tejada, 21-Amilcar Henriquez
Head Coach: Gary Stempel