[USA-PANAMA] History repeats as the USA will face Panama Sunday for the Gold Cup title in Chicago without its head coach. Just like in 2005 when U.S. coach Bruce Arena had to sat in the stands for the USA-Panama final after being tossed in the semifinal against Honduras, Jurgen Klinsmann was handed a one-game touchline ban after being tossed by Costa Rican referee in Wednesday's semifinal against Honduras.
Klinsmann was ejected from the technical area
late in the match against the Catrachos for what Concacaf stated was "showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner."
Klinsmann apologized for getting upset
after a series of non-calls by Costa Rica referee Walter Quesada on fouls Honduran players committed on American players. As for his suspension, he said, "It is
what it is."
Klinsmann assistants Martin Vasquez and Andreas Herzog would be co-coaches and share
responsibilities on the sidelines Sunday.
According to FIFA disciplinary rules,
Klinsmann will be allowed to sit in the stands but not allowed in the U.S. locker room.
The FIFA disciplinary rules 18.3 do state:
"An official who has been sent off may give instructions to the person replacing him on the substitutes’ bench. He shall, however, ensure that he does not disturb the
spectators or disrupt the flow of play."
In 2005, the late Glenn Myernick served as coach while Arena watched in the stands as the USA beat
Panama in a shootout for the third of its four Gold Cup championships.
The USA is riding a 10-game winning streak -- the longest in its history -- and has scored 19 goals in five Gold Cup
Klinsmann has changed the U.S. lineup every game. The three big decisions he will have to make before heading to the stands:
-- Clarence Goodson or Omar Gonzalez besides Matt Besler in the middle of the backline? Gonzalez, one of four
call-ups for the knockout phase, was called in for the semifinals after being allowed to skip the quarterfinal match against El Salvador but to just about everyone's surprise did not start. Goodson
responded with key passes on two of the three U.S. goals in the 3-1 win over Honduras in the semifinals.
-- Mix Diskerud or Stuart Holden in central midfield with Kyle Beckerman? Diskerud started the quarterfinal and scored the fifth goal; Holden started the semifinal
against Honduras. The likely starter: Diskerud.
-- Joe Corona or Alejandro Bedoya at right midfield? Corona
started -- and scored -- against El Salvador. Bedoya got the nod -- and assisted on both Landon Donovan goals -- against Honduras. Corona, who had started three
of the first four games, has the edge.
The other change from the quarterfinals was to start Eddie Johnson, another of the knockout phase call-ups,
over Chris Wondolowski. Klinsmann will surely stick with Johnson, who has looked very dangerous in his two outings, while Wondo cooled off after opening with
five goals in his first two games.
Gold Cup Champions:
1991: USA 0 Honduras 0
(USA wins in shootout)
1993: Mexico 4 USA 0
1996: Mexico 2 Brazil 0
1998: Mexico 1 USA 0
2000: Canada 2 Colombia 0
2002: USA 2 Costa Rica 0
2003: Mexico 1 Brazil 0 (OT)
2005: USA 0 Panama
(USA wins in a shootout)
2007: USA 2 Mexico 1
2009: Mexico 5 USA 0
2011: Mexico 4 USA 2