Found July 29, 2013 on
CHICAGO — U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann likes to describe Brek Shea’s style of play as “unpredictable.” Nobody could have predicted this. Just 42 seconds after coming into the game as a substitute Sunday, Shea scored, and his goal in the 69th minute gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Panama and the CONCACAF Gold Cup title. It is the fifth Gold Cup title for the Americans, but their first since 2007. It also is the first international title as a coach for Jurgen Klinsmann, who won the 1990 World Cup and 1996 European Championship with Germany. “I was there just to put it away,” Shea said. This was the 11th straight victory for the Americans, four more than their previous record, and they likely will leapfrog Mexico as the best team from the North and Central America and Caribbean region when the next FIFA rankings come out Aug. 8. When the final whistle sounded, the Americans on the field began celebrating while the rest of the team raced off the bench. Several players jumped up...

Klinsmann starts Corona in only lineup change

U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made one change to his lineup for the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama on Sunday, starting Joe Corona in place of Jose Torres. Corona did not play in Wednesday's semifinal against Honduras, but he has two goals in the tournament so far. He scored in the 5-1 victory over El Salvador in the quarterfinals and also in the 4-1 victory...

Jurgen Klinsmann’s Disappearing Act Shows What Happens When Soccer Coaches Become Fans (GIF)

A suspension forced Jurgen Klinsmann to watch the United States win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup from afar, but he was always close to the action. Klinsmann, head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, watched the Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Panama game from a luxury box at Soldier Field in Chicago. He was forbidden from sitting on the bench or having any contact...

USA win their fifth Gold Cup topping Panama 1-0 – Quotes

U.S. MNT head coach JURGEN KLINSMANN On his leadership as a coach after the Gold Cup victory: “Looking back, whenever you lose a game, that’s just a normal part of football globally. You get criticized if you win the games, things are not nice. It’s just normal. We said that we want to start a path that hopefully guides us to Brazil 2014 with a deeper pool of player that gives...

Johannsson declares USA eligibility

United States men's national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann will have another attacking option up his sleeve. AZ Alkmaar forward Aron Jóhannsson announced on Monday his intention to become a United States international player. Jóhannsson, a dual national who had eligibility for the United States and Iceland national teams respectively, revealed his decision on Facebook. "...

USA builds momentum in Gold Cup

July was supposed to be a minor diversion: a group of fringe players and B-listers, playing in a tournament stripped of its meaning. A summer frivolity - perhaps even a waste of time. We may look back instead and see the 2013 Gold Cup , and the USA's fifth win in this continental tournament , as a major step forward for a national team that had looked lost only four months prior...

Johannsson asks for switch from Iceland to US

The U.S. Soccer Federation says forward Aron Johannsson wants to switch his national team from Iceland to the United States. Johannsson, a 22-year-old Mobile, Alabama native, grew up in Iceland and scored one goal in 11 appearances for Iceland's under-21 team. He appeared in eight qualifiers for the 2012 UEFA Under-21 Championship, which means he can't switch affiliations...

USMNT Takes Gold Cup Title Over Panama

((HT: Fox Sports)) After another Brek Shea goal (who thought the HQ would say that regarding the USMNT offense, like, ever...???)- 42 seconds in after being called in as a substitute- the Gold Cup final went to the United States in front of 59,000 at Soldier Field in Chicago. After only having three goals scored against them leading up to the last game in the tournament, Panama...
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