United States opens as fave vs. Panama in Gold Cup final
The United States and Panama will square off in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final Sunday and the Stars and Stripes have opened as -200 faves.
The Americans steamrolled their way through the tournament and had little trouble disposing Honduras by a score of 3-1 in the semifinal. Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan paced the U.S. with a pair of
goals after Eddie Johnson opened the scoring in the 11th minute.
The American side could be at a disadvantage in the final as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann could miss the match
after being dismissed from the semifinal. Match referee Walter Quesada ordered Klinsmann ejected Klinsmann after complaining and slamming the ball down in a show of frustration following several non-calls.
CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North American, Central America and the Caribbean, will reportedly make its decision by Friday.
The U.S. is a perfect 5-0 heading into the final and has outscored opponents 19-4 as it tries to win its fifth Gold Cup.
Panama upset Mexico 2-1 in the other semifinal Wednesday. It was the second time they have beaten Mexico by that scoreline in the tournament.
Apart from a 6-1 thrashing of Cuba, Panama has not looked as convincing throughout the tournament. They defeated Martinique by an unimpressive 1-0 scoreline and drew 0-0 with lowly Canada.
Sunday's final kicks off at 4 p.m. ET at Soldier Field in Chicago.**Odds courtesy of Bet365.