The United States seeks its fifth Gold Cup championship on Sunday against Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.
The Americans have blistered through their five opponents in the 2013 Gold Cup, scoring a tournament-high 19 goals and only allowing four scores.
Meanwhile, world No. 51 Panama has largely surprised, beating Mexico twice in the tournament.
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
When: Sunday, July 28 at 4 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox, Univision
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go
Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski are tied with Panama's Gabriel Torres with the tournament lead in goals (five), while Donovan has notched a tournament-high seven assists.
United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann has been suspended "for showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner," according to Nancy Armour of the Associated Press, per Yahoo! Sports. Klinsmann was ejected in the 87th minute of Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Honduras.
Klinsmann held Donovan out of the USA's most recent string of World Cup qualifying matches, but has been handsomely rewarded for starting the 31-year-old in the Gold Cup. At this point, it's basically a foregone conclusion that Donovan will be starting in the Americans' next slate of World Cup qualifying matches starting in September.
But it hasn't just been Donovan who has showed up in the Gold Cup. Numerous American players have made it tough for Klinsmann to pencil in a starting lineup. First, it was Wondolowski, who scored his five goals in the USA's first two matches. Then, it was Eddie Johnson, who scored just 14 minutes onto the pitch against El Salvador in the quarterfinals, then followed it up by opening up the scoring against Honduras in the semifinals.
Don't forget about midfielders Alejandro Bedoya and Joe Corona, as well as Stuart Holden, Kyle Beckerman and Mix Diskerud.
As for Panama, Gabriel Torres has been a force, scoring five goals and adding the game-winning assist in Panama's 2-1 victory over Mexico on Wednesday.
Goalkeeper Jamie Penedo will have his hands full against the USA's offensive attack. He played superb football against Mexico. Most notably, his finger-tip save off the foot of Isaac Brizuela kept Mexico from equalizing in the 79th minute.
Panama has a capable back line, but it's hard to imagine Penedo won't be tested at least a few times in the final. He's likely going to have to put together a brilliant performance for Panama to upset the United States.
If the Panamanians can keep it a low-scoring contest, they have a shot. But if the USA puts together a few tallies, it's going to be difficult for Panama's offense to keep up.
The United States has won the teams' last three matchups, but Panama did defeat the USA in the group stage of the 2011 Gold Cup. The last time the two sides met in the Gold Cup final was in 2005, when the Americans won on penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation.
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