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USA vs Panama takes place in the Gold Cup 2013 Final on Sunday afternoon with the United States looking to claim their 11th straight win and extend their record breaking run even further by claiming the CONCACAF crown. The game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
The United States will have to complete their Gold Cup campaign without influential head coach Jurgen Klinsmann by their side. He has been banned from the sidelines in today's game after throwing a soccer ball in anger during the United States' semifinal match. Some will feel the punishment of missing the final is quite harsh, but Klinsmann will be disappointed at missing the final and will regret reacting in anger to a series of heavy tackles on his players from the opposition during that semifinal.
For Panama, they are in dreamland right now, as not many had expected them to get through to this year's final. They gained an emotional win over Mexico in their semifinal – their second win over the Mexicans in this tournament alone following their opening game win against them.
The Panama and Mexico semifinal was a tense affair, and for long periods it was tough to see which way things would end up going, however, eventually a late goal saw Panama gain the victory that brings them to today's final against the United States.
The last time these two teams played in a Gold Cup final, the United States came out on top after winning a dramatic penalty shoot out. The United States will be hoping to make things a bit easier this time around and gain the win in regular time. However, Panama will be looking to complete their dream and cause another upset today, and gain revenge for their Gold Cup final loss to the USA in the past.
USA vs Panama takes place in the Gold Cup 2013 Final on Sunday afternoon with kick off at 4 p.m. ET, and all the action can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.