KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- The United States defeated Panama 1-0 on Wednesday night in its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Group D finale in front of a crowd of 17,037 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
Jozy Altidore scored the winner for the U.S. on a spectacular overhead effort from close range.
Altidore had the first clear-cut chance of the game in the 21st minute, forcing a fine save from Panama GK Jose Calderon.
Jose Fajardo proved to be a tough mark for the U.S. in the first 45 minutes, the Panama FW getting in behind the backline a handful of times.
The 66th minute saw the U.S. go ahead in rather theatrical fashion.
Just moments after Head Coach Gregg Berhalter put Christian Pulisic into the match, it was Altidore who stole the show.
Play was kept alive by Matt Miazga, who headed a corner kick back toward the goal mouth, and a misplaced Panama clearance led to Altidore’s acrobatic finish.
The win gives the U.S. the top spot in Group D. It will now shift its focus to Sunday’s quarterfinal with Curacao in Philadelphia, while Panama will play Jamaica for a spot in the last four.