2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals: USA vs Panama | USA wins 1-0

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USA and Panama will again face each other and renew their rivalry on Wednesday June 22, 2011 for the CONCACAF 2011 Gold Cup semifinals match-up at theĀ  Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States. The match kicks-off at time 7:00 PM EST / 23:00 GMT.

United States can avenge an earlier round loss and can book a spot in the final with a win against Panama in the semifinals in Houston on Wednesday. The encounter will be only 11 days since they were upset 2-1 in the first round by Panama, which ended the United States’ 26-game unbeaten streak in first round matches.

Complicated for several reasons. The United States has improved its defense since that encounter, solidifying its backline by moving veteran captain from left fullback to central defense and Eric Lichaj to left back. Panama will have to play without striker Blas Perez, whose physical presence was critical in the first meeting. Perez will serve a one-game suspension for a red card during the intermission between regulation and extra time in its quarterfinal shootout win over El Salvador. Los Canaleros still have striker Luis Tejada, who has been involved in goals in all four of Panama’s Gold Cup games.

Match: USA vs Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011 Semifinals
Date: June 22, 2011 (Wednesday)
Venue: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET, 23:00 GMT

The winner of USA-Panama semifinals match will face the winner of the other semifinals match between Honduras and Mexico for the Finals on Saturday.

UPDATE: United States beats Panama 1-0, advances to the Gold Cup 2011 Finals. Texas native Clint Dempsey found the back of the net in the 77th minute.

(Source: ESPN) Clint Dempsey scored in the 77th minute off an assist from Landon Donovan, and the United States advanced to the Gold Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Panama on Wednesday night.

The Americans will play in the biennial tournament’s championship game for the fourth straight time after avenging a 2-1 loss to Panama on June 11.

Freddy Adu made a long-awaited return to American soccer in the second half, and set up the winning play with a cross-field pass to Donovan, who played in his 27th consecutive Gold Cup match to extend his own record.

Donovan then threaded a pinpoint pass through the Panama defense to Dempsey, who slid as he redirected the ball into the low corner of the net.

The U.S. will play the winner of Honduras-Mexico semifinal for the championship at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.

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