The U.S. and Panama faced each other earlier in the tournament in Group A play. That match ended in a 1-1 draw. Panama and the U.S. will be desperate for a victory after disastrous semifinal results.
In the semifinals, the U.S. was simply outplayed by Jamaica and lost 2-1. Panama on the other hand can legitimately claim that it was robbed of a place in the final. In Panama's semifinal match against Mexico, Mark Geiger awarded a penalty to Mexico in stoppage time.
Mexico converted the penalty, tying the game and sending to extra time. Ultimately, Mexico won the match 2-1. The penalty looked to be incorrectly awarded and the president of CONCACAF, Alfredo Hawit admitted that Mark Geiger made "officiating errors" in that match (Yahoo News).
Expect a tense and physical affair. Despite the USMNT's poor play against Jamaica, I expect it to win 2-1. If the U.S. doesn't win this match Jurgen Klinsmann will certainly be in danger of losing his job.
U.S. v. Panama
When: 4 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 25th
Where: PPL Park, Chester, Pennsylvania
TV: Fox Sports 2, Univision, Sportsnet World (Canada)
Online: Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports 2 Go, Univision Deportes En Vivo, Sportsnet World Now (Canada)