Gold Cup betting: US look to continue dominance of Panama

Jul 27, 2013 |
US star Landon Donovan is joint top scorer with 5 goals in the Gold Cup.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
US star Landon Donovan is joint top scorer with 5 goals in the Gold Cup.
Photo By - USA Today Sports
The USA and Panama square off in the final of the Gold Cup at Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday. The United States national squad will gun for its fifth Gold Cup since the inception of the CONCACAF tournament in 1991 and its first since 2007.

Following a fairly dominant five games in the tourney, the United States are the -250 favorite for the match, but will be without head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on the touchline. The boss was handed a one-game suspension after arguing the officiating in the USA's 3-1 victory over Honduras in the semifinal. Assistant coach Martin Vasquez will serve as head coach for Sunday's final.

USA v Panama (-225, +320, +650)

Over 2.5 goals: -118
Under 2.5 goals: -105

Site: Soldier Field, Chicago
Game time: 4 p.m. ET

The United States have steamrolled its way to the Gold Cup final scoring in bunches and establishing itself as the dominant force in the biennial CONCACAF tournament. The Americans have outscored its foes by a combined score of 19-4 in five Gold Cup matches. The strike partnership of Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski has been dynamite for the US tallying five goals apiece thus far.

Panama has played quite well in the tournament in its own right and defeated Mexico 2-1 in the semifinal. Panama's lone blemish is a 0-0 draw with Canada, but that featured a mostly second-string squad because they had already clinched a spot in the next round prior to kickoff. Los Canaleros are paced by striker Gabriel Torres who, along with the aforementioned Donovan and Wondolowski, is joint top scorer in the tournament with five goals.

* The two nations last played on June 11 in a World Cup Qualifier. The USA defeated Panama by a score of 2-0. Eddie Johnson, who is in the
Gold Cup squad, scored the second goal in that match.
* The USA last tasted defeat to Panama in the Gold Cup in 2011. Panama won 2-1 in the Group C match.
* The USA has played over the 2.5 goal total in four of its five matches.
* Panama has played over the 2.5 goal total in three of its five matches.
* The Americans have won nine, lost one and drawn twice in the last 12 matches against Panama.

Probable XI's:

** Odds as of 2:45 p.m. ET.
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