Backup goalkeeper Luis Mejia saved two penalty kicks in the shootout, and an inspired Panama team ended a trying week with a medal, beating the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup third-place game Saturday.
Michael Bradley put a corner kick into the net in the 27th minute, and the United States snapped a five-game winless skid with a 2-0 victory over Panama on Sunday.
American coach Jurgen Klinsmann selected 14 players who could make their national team debuts, including Dallas forward Tesho Akindele, last season’s Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year; Columbus midfielder Wil Trapp; Tepic forward Julio Morales; and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes. Morales is eligible to play for the U.S. and Mexico.
Jermaine Jones is a 32-year-old American that is currently playing for Turkish club team Besiktas and the United States Men’s National Team as a defensive midfielder.
Get to know more about United States men’s national soccer team midfielder Michael Bradley.
The United States will be missing Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley for its World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama.