US tops Panama at Reliant, advances to Gold Cup final

US tops Panama at Reliant, advances to Gold Cup final

Credit: AP

Jamaica goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts can't stop a goal by United States' Clint Dempsey during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal soccer match Sunday, June 19, 2011 at RFK Stadium in Washington. The U.S. team won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM

HOUSTON—Clint Dempsey scored in the 77th minute off an assist from Landon Donovan, and the United States advanced to the Gold Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Panama on Wednesday night.

The Americans will play in the biennial tournament’s championship game for the fourth straight time after avenging a 2-1 loss to Panama on June 11.

Freddy Adu made a long-awaited return to American soccer in the second half, and set up the winning play with a cross-field pass to Donovan, who played in his 27th consecutive Gold Cup match to extend his own record.

Donovan then threaded a pinpoint pass through the Panama defense to Dempsey, who slid as he redirected the ball into the low corner of the net.

The U.S. will play the winner of Honduras-Mexico semifinal for the championship at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

 

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