Team USA looks for at least a shred of redemption, facing Panama for third-place honors in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and the match will be available to watch live online Saturday. Wednesday’s brutal loss to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal was the worst upset that the USA Men’s National soccer team has ever suffered and may have even put head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s job on the line.
A second straight defeat to a lower-ranked opponent will certainly set off a major overhaul of the USA program. Saturday’s game will be a rematch of the Group A finale, which saw Panama hold the Americans to a frustrating 1-1 draw on July 13.
To watch the Team USA vs. Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup Third-Place match live online, use the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff for the next-to-last game of the 2015 Gold Cup is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern Time, 1 p.m. Pacific at PPL Park in the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pennsylvania, on July 25.
Panama ended up in the third-place game thanks to a controversial penalty kick call that gave Mexico a 2-1 victory in the semifinal game between the two countries immediately following the crushing 2-1 USA loss to Jamaica.
“Obviously the team is disappointed. The fans are disappointed,” said Klinsmann after Wednesday’s shocking defeat. “We wanted to play in the big final Sunday.”
But the team not only wanted to play in the final, USA soccer fans as well as experts expected the team to advance to what would have been the sixth consecutive Gold Cup final, reasserting the dominance over the tournament that the USA shares with Mexico.
While third-place matches often seem like a grind for teams in big tournaments, the USA should be able to find plenty of motivation, to prove that the loss to Jamaica was a fluke, the result mainly of bad luck rather than of a tangible decline in the team’s development.
Goalkeeper Brad Guzan made at least one major mistake that led directly to what proved to be the winning Jamaica goal. But by the team World Cup qualifiers, which begin next year, senior keeper Tim Howard plans to be back with the team following a year-long break.
Can the USA Men’s National Soccer Team find some degree of redemption by winning third place in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup? Will Panama hand the USA a second straight humiliating upset? To find out, watch the USA vs. Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place match live online from suburban Philly by visiting Fox Sports Go at this link, or by paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go, available at this link.
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