Mercifully, and not one millisecond too soon, the US national team’s humbling run at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is over after a penalty kick shootout defeat (1-1, 3-2 PKs) to Panama in the third-place game at PPL Park on Saturday.
The USMNT, out-shot 25 to 5 (12 to 2 on target) by Los Canaleros on the day, was thoroughly outplayed for the fifth time in sixth games (Honduras, Haiti, Panama, Jamaica and now Panama once again) at this Gold Cup. At home. By Panama.
After an opening 45 minutes that saw Panama create the game’s only real goalscoring chances — including a goal-bound ball cleared off the line by Tim Ream — Panama broke the scoreless deadlock in the 55th minute, when Roberto Nurse got in behind the USMNT back line, cut inside past a lumbering, lazy John Brooks challenge, and slotted the his left-footed shot around Brad Guzan and inside the far post.