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Make it five.
The U.S. men’s national beat Panama, 1-0, in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on Sunday, as the federation claimed the regional tournament for the fifth time in front of 57,920 fans at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
The Americans also won in 1991, 2002, 2005 and 2007. Only Mexico has won the Gold Cup more times with six.
Brek Shea scored the winning goal in the 69th minute, just 42 seconds after subbing into the game, and he’ll never have as easier one as he knocked in a ball that looked like it was already going in.
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann was banished to watching from a suite as he served a suspension after being ejected in the semifinals. His team extended its record winning streak to 11 games (a 10-game home winning streak matches a federation best).
Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson played a full 90 minutes for the U.S. up front. He notably had a late miss that led to this unforgettable Klinsmann moment.
Landon Donovan naturally was named tournament MVP with five goals and seven assists. The U.S. outscored opponents 20-3
The win came with a cost, however, as midfielder Stuart Holden suffered what is feared to be a serious knee injury. It would be another brutal blow in what has been a career decimated by injury.
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