The 2013 Gold Cup has come to an end and it had a very solid FC Dallas flavor to it. Former FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea came on in the second half for the United States and immediately found his name on the scoresheet as he bagged the game winner, or as some would say the Cup winner over Panama on Sunday.
Shea's second half goal completed the wild roller-coaster ride that was his Gold Cup with the US. He would have one bad game and the follow it up with an important goal.
Shea nearly had an assists on a crafty play that found a wide open Eddie Johnson in the penalty box but the Seattle Sounder's shot sailed over the bar. That would have been a nice insurance goal for the US.
In seven Gold Cup meetings between the two countries, the US have six victories, scoring all nine of their goals in the second half. The Americans have also eliminated Panama in the past five editions of the tournament.
The US dominated the possession in Sunday's game over Blas Perez and Panama. The Panama attack rarely got anything to Perez but he made sure to insert himself into the game as much as he possibly could, something that Dallas fans will hope to see this coming weekend when the club travels to Seattle.
The US sealed their first Gold Cup title since 2009. The win also extended the Yanks unbeaten run to 11 games, a new all-time record.