USA to face Panama in final

Landon Donovan scored twice at Arlington's Cowboys Stadium as the United States beat Honduras 3-1 to book their place in Sunday's Gold Cup final, where they will meet Panama.

Last Updated: 25/07/13 at 09:25 Post Comment

Landon Donovan: Helped USA reach final

Landon Donovan: Helped USA reach final

The veteran LA Galaxy forward, on whom his country so often rely, struck the second and third goals for Jurgen Klinsmann's team after Eddie Johnson opened the scoring.

Johnson provided an early breakthrough in the 11th minute when Donovan smartly forwarded a pass from Clarence Goodson into the striker's path. Still 35 yards out from goal when he collected the ball, Johnson surged forward and in behind the Honduras defence before clipping a firm shot high and beyond the reach of goalkeeper Donis Escober.

The US were two goals in front and firmly in charge by the 27th minute, when Donovan hit his first of the contest.

This time a headed flick to Nick Rimando's goal kick by Eddie Johnson found Alejandro Bedoya on the right of the penalty area. Bedoya staved off the close attentions of two defenders to flick a pass inside, onto the chest of Donovan, and he made poking home right-footed from 10 yards look easy.

There was a momentary scare for the home team when shabby defending allowed Nery Medina to power home a header from Marvin Chavez's free-kick in the 52nd minute.

But Donovan immediately restored the two-goal cushion when Goodson's long pass over the top allowed Bedoya to dash beyond the defence and drill a low cross from the right that was converted on the run from just inside the six-yard box.

Donovan was substituted in the 72nd minute, to a warm reception, while head coach Klinsmann was dismissed from the technical area late on for apparently saying too much to referee Walter Quesada after some heavy Honduran challenges.

Mexico were victims of an upset in the second semi-final as Panama won 2-1 to set up a clash in Chicago with the United States for the title.

Blas Perez put Panama into a 13th-minute lead by blasting a fierce shot inside the near post from 10 yards out and to the right of goal.

Luis Montes headed Mexico level in the 26th minute, converting a cross from the left delivered by Marco de la Mora.

But Roman Torres had the decisive say on the hour mark, charging in to nod in a corner curled over from the left by Gabriel Torres.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Gerrard turned down Euro move

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to sign for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Premier League fixtures on Sky Sports: Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City live on bumper 2015/16 opening weekend

Chelsea will begin their title defence exclusively live on Sky Sports, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City also on bumper opening bill.

Skrtel and Allen to sign new Liverpool deals

Martin Skrtel is reported to have agreed a new three-year Liverpool contract and could soon be followed in putting pen to paper by Joe Allen.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company