US win CONCACAF Gold Cup
The win was the 11th in a row for the United States without their suspended manager for one match.
REUTERS - The United States capped off a dominant tournament with a 1-0 victory over Panama to capture the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday.
Brek Shea broke through with the only goal of the game in the second half to give the United States their first Gold Cup title since 2007 and make up for back-to-back defeats to Mexico in the last two finals.
While they were thrilled with the result, the Americans hope it is also a springboard to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"Hopefully this is just the beginning for a lot of us," Landon Donovan told reporters. "We want to be a part of the bigger picture. This is not the end."
The United States had outscored their opponents 19-4 in their five games leading up to the final but Panama, who eliminated Mexico in the semi-final, proved a serious test for the home side at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The United States dominated much of the game but were unable to make it count until the 69th minute when Donovan set up the game-winner for Shea.
Donovan was named the tournament's most outstanding player after he displayed a splendid performance and helping the United States to clinch the trophy.
Panama's Jaime Penedo, who allowed just four goals in five games, was named the tournament's top goalkeeper for the second time.
"We were all hopeful, we all wanted to win," said Panama coach Julio Dely Valdes. "But we all go away feeling we gave it our all. I said I wanted to walk away from the Gold Cup feeling good, and I do."