Ream Wins 15th Cap; USA 1-1 Panama (AET - Pens: 2-3)

  • July 25, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Tim Ream won his 15th international cap on Saturday, playing 120 minutes in USA's penalty shoot-out defeat to Panama - after the game had ended 1-1, following extra-time.

After tasting defeat at the hands of Jamaica in Wednesday's semi-final, the States' grip on the Gold Cup came to an end. They were, however, granted the opportunity to fight for third place against the team they beat in the 2013 final, Panama.

Ream, who hadn't featured since the group stage victory over Haiti a fortnight ago, was recalled to the starting line-up at PPL Park, in Pennsylvania, as Jurgen Klinsmann gave outings to a number of players whose services had been scarcely used throughout the tournament.

The Wanderers defender was selected to play at left-back, a position which has seen him win back-to-back Player of the Season awards at Macron Stadium, although one that remains unfamiliar on the international stage.

Panama took a surprise lead shortly after the break, as Roberto Nurse latched on to a through ball, got the better of John Brooks and fired beyond Aston Villa's Brad Guzan in goal.

Former Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur forward Clint Dempsey was introduced as a substitute on the hour and he brought the host nation level nine minutes later, as a bursting run from DeAndre Yedlin was finished off at the far post by the now Seattle Sounders man.

Neither side could find a winning goal in the final 20 minutes, ensuring extra-time was to follow - during which Ream received treatment on the sidelines after a heavy collision with Guzan.

With all three substitutions made, Ream returned to the action and completed the rest of the game, although no further goals were forthcoming and the game headed to penalties.

Aron Johannsson and Dempsey netted the USA's opening two spot-kicks, while Roman Torres and Abdiel Arroyo did the same for Panama, before the game shifted the way of the visiting side.

Fabian Johnson fired over the crossbar for the States, giving Armando Cooper the chance to put Panama ahead - only for Guzan to keep the score level with a save down the middle of the goal.

Luis Mejia repeated the achievements of Guzan from the following kick, keeping out USA's Michael Bradley, allowing Harold Cummings to fire his side ahead from the next penalty.

DaMarcus Beasley was fifth choice for Klinsmann's side, who tasted defeat yet again as Mejia denied him from the spot to secure a 3-2 shoot-out victory for Panama - who recorded victory against a team ranked 28 places above them in the latest FIFA standings.

United States of America: Guzan, Chandler, Gonzalez (Beasley 90), Brooks, Ream, Wondolowski (Dempsey 60), Bradley, Zusi (Yedlin 60), Crespin, Johnson, Johannsson
Subs Not Used: Beckerman, Diskerud, Bedoya, Rimando, Alvarado, Evans, Zardes, Yarbrough, Gordon
Booked: Johnson, Chandler, Yedlin
Goals: Dempsey 69

Panama: Mejia, Machado, Cummings, R Torres, Davis, Cooper, Camargo (Stephens 46 (Pinzon 90)), Godoy, Quintero, Blackburn (Arroyo 88), Nurse
Subs Not Used: Gomez, Perez, G Torres, Henriquez, Calderon, Patrick
Booked: Cooper, Godoy, R Torres
Goals: Nurse 54

Penalty Shoot-Out:
GOAL - USA 1-0 Panama - Johannsson (USA)
GOAL - USA 1-1 Panama - R Torres (Panama)
GOAL - USA 2-1 Panama - Dempsey (USA)
GOAL - USA 2-2 Panama - Arroyo (Panama)
MISS - USA 2-2 Panama - Johnson (USA)
MISS - USA 2-2 Panama - Cooper (Panama)
MISS - USA 2-2 Panama - Bradley (USA)
GOAL - USA 2-3 Panama - Cummings (Panama)
MISS - USA 2-3 Panama - Beasley (USA)

Referee: David Gantar (Canada)
Venue: PPL Park (Chester, Pennsylvania, USA)
Attendance: 12,598

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