Gold Cup: United States 1, Panama 0

The U.S. Gold Cup breakdown following a 1-0 victory over Panama in the championship match at Chicago’s Soldier Field:

6 matches

6 victories

20 goals for

4 goals against

2 shutouts

1 trophy

The celebration was dampened by another injury to midfielder Stuart Holden. During the match, the USSF issued a statement saying he had suffered a knee sprain that would require further evaluation and testing. Afterward, however, Juergen Klinsmann said he feared a serious setback.

Klinsmann will regather a largely, if not completely, European-based squad for an Aug. 14 friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo, then begin preparations for 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on Sept. 6 in San Jose (CR) and Mexico four days later in Columbus, Ohio.

Since a 4-2 friendly loss to Belgium on May 29 in Cleveland, the Americans have won 11 straight by a 35-8 margin. (Ten of those matches were on home soil and 10 were against CONCACAF opponents.)

SCORING

USA: Brek Shea (Alejandro Bedoya), 69th minute.

LINEUP

Rimando; Parkhurst, Goodson, Besler, Beasley; Beckerman, Holden (Diskerud 23rd); Bedoya (Gonzalez 89th), Donovan, Corona (Shea 68th); E. Johnson.

Video of Holden’s injury:

Video of Brek Shea‘s 69th-minute goal:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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