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Gold Cup: USA vs. Panama

In CONCACAF Gold Cup, Football on July 16, 2009 at 18:33

By Joe, http://www.Bettingexpert.com

USA are favorites to retain the Gold Cup for the consecutive third time and Panama will be their obstacle in the quarterfinals. This match will be played in Philadelphia which last hosted a full international game in 1968. A win here for the Americans could see them face either Canada or Honduras in the semifinals.

USA is one of the strongest teams left in the tournament and they won group B to reach the quarterfinals. Team USA have forced to reduce their squad list to 18 players. Last week, they saw the departures of Freddy Adu and Benny Befihaber as they returned to their European clubs.  This week, Steve Cherundolo, Michael Parkhurst and Charlie Davis have also left the squad to join their European teams’ preseason. Charlie Davis has left for France in order to complete his move to his new club Sochaux. Coach Bradley can take advantage of the tournament’s stipulation of calling up an additional of six players to his squad. However, Coach Bradley has confirmed that he will not be requiring any call ups for now.

Panama qualified for the quarterfinals after acquiring 4 points in Group C. They beat Nicaragua 4-0, drew against Mexico and lost to 2-1 to Guadeloupe. Coach Gary Stempel knows that Panama has never beaten USA before in their football history. He would be hoping that he could mark at least a point against USA. Panama knows that they are the underdog going into the game against USA.

Both teams met in the 2005 Gold Cup edition and USA required the penalties to beat Panama in reaching the semifinals. USA went on to win the 2005 Gold Cup and they could take the same route again. Panama is looking to avenge for their defeat 4 years ago and they will not go out without a shout. USA looks stronger than their last meeting. They have scored in every match and they will most likely continue this ritual, look at mybet as they are offering 1.30 for USA win.

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