The United States beat Panama in the final of the Gold Cup, 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout, after regulation and extra time ended scoreless before 31,018 people yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J.
The United States won its third Gold Cup, the soccer championship for the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
"We've got to rally the troops, get the Band-Aids out and try to get 11 guys on the field to play on Aug. 17," said U.S. Coach Bruce Arena, referring to the World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago. "The travel, the heat, the field conditions, the officiating, it took a huge toll on us."
Santino Quaranta of D.C. United, Brad Davis and Landon Donovan made penalty kicks for the U.S.
U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller stopped Luis Tejada on Panama's first penalty kick. Felipe Baloy scored, but Jorge Luis Dely Valdes hit the crossbar and Alberto Blanco sent his shot over the bar.
Valdes almost gave Panama the lead in the 75th minute of regulation, but his shot from four yards hit the post. He also had a shot stopped by a diving Keller six minutes into overtime, and Blanco missed a scoring chance when he pushed his shot outside the far post six minutes later.
The U.S. was making its fifth appearance in a Gold Cup title match, having won the tournament in 1991 and 2002. Panama was playing in a Gold Cup final for the first time.
Defender Oguchi Onyewu (Sherwood) was one of three United States players selected to the all-tournament team.
* CHELSEA 1, AC MILAN 0: Chelsea's Arjen Robben scored in the 13th minute in the first of a series of exhibition games in the United States.
The teams played in front of 26,208 people at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. AC Milan will meet the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field on Wednesday; Chelsea and DC United will play Thursday at FedEx Field.
"This is the Chelsea of last season," Manager Jose Mourinho said. "We were more confident and had more quality in attacking situations."
* U.S. WOMEN 3, ICELAND 0: The United States won an exhibition in Carson, Calif. Danielle Fotopoulos scored two goals and Shannon Boxx had one as the U.S. continued its undefeated shutout streak in 2005.
During that stretch, the United States has scored 21 goals.
Inter Milan Trip Is Back On
Inter Milan has decided to go ahead with its preseason tour of England after initially canceling the trip over fears of terrorist attacks.
The initial decision not to go prompted criticism from British authorities.
"They just wanted that bit of reassurance that everything was okay. We've given them that," Britain's sports minister, Richard Caborn, told Sky TV.