On Saturday night Panama and the United States will meet for the second time in the Gold Cup in the third and fourth place play off. Panama were excellent through the entire tournament but they failed to win a game , Panama's success is based on their solid defence and ability to counter attack. With Tejada and Torres both finding the net during the tournament they will be the key men for Panama's attack, Panama play a counter attacking style of football but in their earlier game against America Panama took the lead and for long periods looked the better team.
This Gold Cup has been a somewhat disappointing tournament for the United States. Media in the US is lookng for Klinsmann to be sacked which may be a sign of how far soccer and it's general coverage has come in the states. Americans love to win and hate to lose and the loss to Jamaica in the semi final did not go down well. Jurgen Klinsmann took some justified criticism in his team selection and tactical naievity but overall the American team just performed poorly in the semi final. Clint Dempsey is the key to everything good that the Us does and most of the play will revolve around the Seattle Sounders center forward.
This game is one of those ones that neither team really wants to play but given that it is a home game for the US and the fact that they were so poor in the semi final I think we get a big performance from the US here and I am taking the US -1 on the handicap. Look for the US to put in a big performance to support their coach.