Brek Shea scored in the 69th minute to give USA a 1-0 victory over Panama in Sunday’s title match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
With the win the USA stretched their winning steak to a team-record 11 matches and won their first Gold Cup since 2007.
As you would expect, Landon Donovan was involved in the US goal. It was Donovan’s run that drew the attention of Panama’s defenders, leaving Shea witb a simple tap in at the back post.
Donovan, who was named the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup’s best player, was at his brilliant best all tournament, scoring 5 goals and assisting on most of the other American goals.
But it wasn’t just the goals and assists from Landon. His set-pieces were brilliant all tournament, and his movement between the midfield and forward line was terrific. But most of all it was great to see Landon Donovan play with a smile on his face again. His passion for the game and for the US colours, were there for all to see.
“It’s been tremendous,” said Donovan, humbly, about his Gold Cup return, still unsure of what the future holds, whether Klinsmann will bring him back into the fold for qualifying and for another, and likely last, FIFA World Cup next year in Brazil. “I’ve enjoyed being part of a team that doesn’t have any ego.”
There is no way that Klinsmann can not have Donovan in the squad for the World Cup qualifiers in September, and based on his current for, Donovan’s name has to be one of the first ones on the team sheet alongside Howard, Dempsey, Altidore and Bradley.