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Matchnight: Gold Cup

USA vs. Panama in Philly, 8 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura).

The winner will move on to Thursday's semifinals in Chicago to face Honduras, which edged Canada, 1-0, today.

USA LINEUP: Perkins; Heaps, Conrad, Marshall, Pearce; Holden, Pause, Beckerman, Rogers; Arnaud, Ching.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame commentary is encouraged. Enjoy!

By Steve Goff  |  July 18, 2009; 7:08 PM ET
Categories:  Gold Cup , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

hmm, why is Heaps getting another start?

Posted by: emanon13 | July 18, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

WTF, pause over Tino? thats crap pause sucks and holden is more effective for this team in the middle.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | July 18, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I think I've developed a reputation for being mild-mannered and very measured in what I say on Soccer Insider. I try to do that, in any case. I also completely avoid swearing, because it is inappropriate in this space.

The only thing I can say about seeing Heaps start that won't ruin all of that is that Bradley must not have watched the previous game. I saw him on the bench, but perhaps he was playing with an iPhone, or staring off into space.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 18, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"mild-mannered and very measured"

I got ya covered Chest . .. Krikey, Bloody dumb Arse, fargin icehole sonofuh IDIOT Bradley!

Heaps was terrible against Haiti? ENOUGH!

Posted by: delantero | July 18, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

So this is the lineup papa bradely trots out after that underwhelming Haiti game...Really?? Heaps?!? Arnaud? No Tino? REALLY????? Well guess we'll see around 10pm how this pans out...ugh

Posted by: DjB55 | July 18, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Those Gracie Combat commercials really freak me out...especially that slow mo horizontal bop in the parking garage. I'll take the acne ads over this any day.

Posted by: EssEff | July 18, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

yeah, this has 90-minute nail-biter all over it.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

either that or Heaps somehow breaks out and takes MotM honors. yeah, that's the ticket!

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

good pressure, but we need better crosses. and of course it would be nice if Ching could finish a bit more often.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

United 0 Colorado 1 in the 24th min.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Conrad just knocked heads pretty bad and looks very dazed. he's up but he is not all there and i would be surprised if he continues.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Conrad coming out, Goodson warming up. let's hope the central D can hold until he gets on.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

goal Panama. Blas Perez hammers one after a failed clearance off a corner. yar.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

U.S. 0-1 Panama at halftime.

quick analysis - not a terribly well-executed half by any measure. a few decent chances, but not much rhythm in the U.S. side. Panama was completely unthreatening other than once or twice. Marshall made a nice tackle and then Holden couldn't clear and we paid the price. this team could really use a more threatening player in central midfield, so maybe a "Tino-for-Pause" switch would be good, with Holden moving more centrally.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if Jimmy Conrad is taken to the hospital for observation.

Posted by: addick | July 18, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

beckerman!!!!!

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Ching has been getting the Wambach treatment, but that was a bit of a dive.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Emillio Now United 2 Colorado 1. Now USA's turn. Vamos USA doesn't sound right...GOOOO USA!!!! Let's see TINO!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Ching with a nice move to get a clear shot, but puts it high. same old story, same old song and dance, though it was about as much ball skill as i've ever seen from him.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Namoff United 3-1

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I love me some Troy Perkins. He should make the World Cup roster. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Posted by: Hobes | July 18, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Ching tries to draw an other foul in the box, but gets no call again. that one looked more like an actual foul.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

@dimesmakedollars
Ching often lacks for the Nats. A friend of mine points out that he is used differently by Bradley (back to goal) than at Houston. I could do without him.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is the officiating less than stellar?

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

i'm cracking on him, but only because he could have us with a comfortable lead. he's had a decent game and has been very valuable because of the attention he's been commanding from the defense.

but i think Arnaud has had a very nice game and i would rather keep him out there with Cooper for the last 15 minutes. guess we'll see how it works out.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@tfshea - yeah it's been a little inconsistent, though i would stop short of saying it has been out-and-out bad.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

What kind of friggin header was that Cooper?!

Posted by: Hobes | July 18, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

great play by Pearce to keep a ball in, then delivers a great cross right on the head of Cooper. but he sends it over. *sigh*

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

A match always suffers a bit on a skinny pitch.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

What was that? Double-dribble?

Posted by: Reignking | July 18, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Rogers has not built on his success from the first game, which is disappointing.

Heaps to Cooper leads to a decent save.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice effort by Cooper...

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking a US goal before end of regulation...

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

United picks up 3 points 3-1

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Good possession here. Get a goal fellas!

Posted by: Hobes | July 18, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Heath Pearce has had a very good game and almost had the go-ahead goal. very impressed with him.

but where is our 3rd sub here?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Penalty!!!

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

PENAL PENAL PENAL PENAL PENAL! Drawn by Cooper. Pretty legit call it seemed.

Posted by: Hobes | July 18, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, he made it but if he had moved back any further, he would have been at mid field!

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

And it's in. Cooper took it. 2-1 USA with 15 minutes to hold on.

Posted by: Hobes | July 18, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Yessssssss!!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

i half expected Donovan to emerge from the crowd to take that one.

well done, Kenny. but that was darn close to bouncing back off the post.

and yeah, it seemed like a legit call. studs into Cooper's stomach is pretty egregious and they've been committing a lot of hard fouls all game.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@tfshea lol i thought the same thing. I was hoping Perkins would come running in from the left side and put it home.

Posted by: Hobes | July 18, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@dimesmake$ - Agree Panama has been borderline dirty. US bunch has been pretty scrappy though.

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Perfect strike by Cooper on the penalty.

Posted by: Reignking | July 18, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

one minute!

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Not a big Bradley fan but he has put a lot of new faces on the field. Hopefully some of them will come through when they are needed.

Posted by: tfshea | July 18, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If Thursday's Honduras rematch is 10% as good as in the group stage, it'll be a barnburner.
G-nite ladies, see you Thursday!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 18, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Panama is scum. I know the ref sucked tonight because Panama should have been down to 9 players in extra time, but that is no excuse. They struck one of the security guards for the stadium. That's pathetic.

If there are any refs in CONCACAF who read this (wishful thinking): a studs up challenge is a red and a professional foul or jersey tug is a yellow. This is not what I would call the beautiful game. This game is typical of soccer in this region and it is pathetic.

Despite all that the US played with a lot of heart. Heaps even played well. However I do not understand why Quaranta did not play over Cooper. Cooper should have had a hat trick. He made opportunities, but blew three to four good chances for a goal. I think if you are over 6'2 you should be able to score with your head.

Posted by: no_recess | July 18, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

defense was rock solid (even Heaps!), and no one had a really bad game out there. the forwards should have had about 5 goals between them, though. once again, finishing was a glaring weakness in a game that we really dominated.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 18, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Whee, another Central American team going bonkers late or after a game. Twice in the same competition, first Mexico, now Panama. Of course, no one had more right to complain than Canada on their penalty call, but you didn't see them shoving, bumping, and attempting to bully the refs during or after the game.

So, stay classy, Mexico and Panama. Oh, wait... nevermind.

Posted by: freeholdsouth | July 18, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Err Mexico is technically in North America...

Posted by: Yarrr | July 19, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow! I wasn't expecting to be, but I was really impressed with our boys tonight vs Panama. The second half, of course. That is one of the best team efforts from a Nats team I've ever seen. That is, how everyone fought and really worked for each other. Maybe my opinion is a result of my expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. Standouts: Beckerman, Ching, Marshall, Pierce (!). Pierce looked a step ahead of everyone, which I don't usually see.

Posted by: EssEff | July 19, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Conrad looked f*cked up! I thought he was going to die on the field...

Posted by: alan19 | July 19, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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