Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Three In A Row

The USA-Panama quarterfinal marks the third consecutive Gold Cup that the teams will meet in the knockout phase. In the 2005 final, 120 minutes wasn't enough to decide a winner, the U.S. capturing the crown after winning 3-1 in penalties - including a PK from a young Santino Quaranta.

Two years later, with Bob Bradley stood at the helm of his first major international tournament, Foxborough served as the site of the quarterfinal pairing. Landon Donovan scored his record-setting 10th career goal in the Gold Cup and Carlos Bocanegra added the insurance as the U.S. collected a 2-1 win en route to their second consecutive regional championship.

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