Panama have a chance to knock Chile out of the Copa America and join their CONCACAF friends (USA and Mexico) in the quarterfinals if they beat Chile this evening. Thanks to a terrible pass by a center back and some fumbling goalkeeping work, they got an early lead against the Chileans.
Last night’s screw-job that robbed Panama of a Gold Cup upset over Mexico was so egregious, the Mexican press and even some of the players themselves can’t help but cop to getting lucky. Here are some examples of Mexico’s collective sheepishness.
You thought Mexico advancing to the Gold Cup semifinals on a bullshit penalty was peak CONCACAF? You, my friend, must be new to world soccer’s most consistently embarrassing continental confederation.
Today’s Gold Cup quarterfinal between Trinidad and Tobago and Panama came down to penalties. That’s never a good thing, and both teams decided to prove a point, apparently.
The USMNT is taking on Panama in an international friendly today, and Michael Bradley just scored an Olimpico from the corner.
Soccer can be a cruel even in victory. This photo is of the U.S.'s Terrence Boyd tearfully embracing Panama's Felipe Baloy, after two late goals from the USMNT officially eliminated Los Canaleros from the World Cup. But the sport can also be generous in defeat: the U.S.'s win singlehandedly kept alive its fiercest…
This, from Mexico's Raúl Jiménez, came in the 85th minute, four minutes after Panama had just equalized and bummed all of Mexico out. Jimenez brought them all back to life with a bicycle kick laser that left Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo rooted to his spot. Look at him. Either it's going wide or, aw crap it's good.
In all honesty, I played organized baseball till I was 14. I stopped not long after I similarly bailed on a simple curveball. I'm no expert, but I'm gonna guess this kid from Panama hasn't seen too much breaking stuff before.
The US Men's National Team have been dominating Panama throughout the Gold Cup final match, and in the second half, it felt like US Soccer were going to break through. In the 69th minute, substitute winger Brek Shea tapped in a cross that beat the keeper over the goal line, just 42 seconds after coming on.
Panama forward Gabriel Torres tried to put his body on this first half cross in the Gold Cup final. And he succeeded, just not with the part of his body he might have wanted. (Fox using this sequence as the outro to its halftime montage was cold.) h/t to @KingHarris_ [Fox]
While tonight's Gold Cup match at the Rose Bowl between Panama and Mexico didn't produce large-scale riots like the recent exhibition in Las Vegas between Liga MX sides Club America and Chivas del Guadalajara, the end result was the same: Idiots and garbage on the field.
Mexico played Costa Rica tonight at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City in a match everyone thought was Mexico's to lose. They didn't lose, but Mexico were frustrated by the plucky visiting side, and by the 78th minute, the score remained 0-0. That's when Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz ran over to take a corner kick, and…
When you think of Bruce Chen, you think: trailblazer. The journeyman starter may have to fight to crack the Royals' rotation in spring training, but he's going to make some baseball history in March. Chen will become the first major leaguer to play for China when he pitches in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Perhaps…
Edgar Sosa, a former Louisville guard who's now playing for John Calipari's Dominican Republic team in the FIBA Americas Championship, broke his leg after going up for a shot in a game against Panama today. There's video here of the break itself and a look at the totally unnatural state of Sosa's shin, but be…