US, Panama hunt Gold Cup third
The United States and Panama will play off for third in the CONCACAF Gold Cup football tournament today at Lincoln Financial Field here today. Kick-off is 4 p.m. (3 p.m. (Jamaica time).
Both teams suffered disappointing semi-final losses at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Wednesday, by the same scoreline.
The Americans lost to Jamaica for the first time in their own country, going down 2-1.
Jurgen Klinsmann, the US team's head coach, expressed disappointment at the loss, but vowed his team would be trying its best to claim third.
"The team is disappointed because they wanted to play the big final in Philadelphia," Klinsmann said. "We want to finish off in style in front of our fans," he added.
Panama, in the meantime, lost a hot-tempered battle against Mexico.
After a goalless first half, Armando Cooper gave Panama the lead.
However, Mexico who had a one-man advantage from the 25th minute when Luis Tejada was red carded, won the match with penalties scored by long-time midfield stalwart, Andres Guardado.
There were multiple interruptions during the match as Panama contested the controversial sending off and Guardado's first penalty, which was conceded at the 89th minute when Panamanian defender Rom·n Torres went down under a challenge and was adjudged to have handled the ball.
United States referee Mark Geiger was attacked by the Panamanian players for the call, one of several occasions on which he was rushed by the losing team.
They also did that after the second penalty was awarded in injury time, when Tejada was sent off and finally, as the game was blown off.