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Team USA claims fifth Gold Cup title

1-0 win over Panama runs Americans' winning streak to 11 games
07/29/2013 2:35 PM ET
By Mike Tanowitz

Team USA claimed a fifth Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over Panama on Sunday.(AP)
Even without suspended manager Jurgen Klinsmann, the United States Men's National Soccer Team kept their victorious ways going on Sunday, topping Panama 1-0 at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday to take home their fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and run their record winning streak to 11.

Brek Shea netted the cup-clincher in the 69th minute - scoring just 42 seconds after coming into the game as a substitute - and Landon Donovan, whose whiff on a crossing pass actually helped allow Shea to net the winner, was named tournament MVP after recording five goals and seven assists during the Americans' run to the gold.

For a player coming off a self-imposed sabbatical of four months, the 31 year-old Donovan certainly had a fantastic audition to remain on the top squad once World Cup qualifiers start up again, and Klinsmann, who is known for choosing his roster based on form not reputation, acknowledged how it would be nearly impossible to keep the U.S.'s all-time top goal scorer off the World Cup roster.

''He deserves every compliment for this tournament,'' Klinsmann said.

Not all news leaving the match was good, however; midfielder Stu Holden, who just returned to the national squad in May after missing more than two years with various knee injuries, left the match in the first half with what was diagnosed as a right knee sprain, and Klinsmann said after the match that it looks like another "very serious" injury.

''We are very, very sad for him,'' Klinsmann said. ''We are very concerned about Stuey's situation. It looks like a very serious knee injury.''

Holden did, however, get to join in the post-match celebrations, as teammate Omar Gonzalez carried the midfielder around the pitch on his back so he could fully enjoy the on-field spectacle.

The USMNT's next action will be a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on August 14, and they will begin the final stages of their hexagonal World Cup qualifier with a road match against Costa Rica on Sept. 6.

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