USA v. Panama: 2011 Gold Cup Semifinal Preview

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USA v. Panama: 2011 Gold Cup Semifinal Preview
The U.S. Men's National Team looks to exact revenge for its first ever loss in Gold Cup group stage play, as they take on their conquerors, Panama, in Wednesday's first semifinal at 7 p.m. EST.

After falling to Los Canaleros 2-1 in the second game of Group C play, the American soccer scene was in turmoil. Bob Bradley's seat was hotter than hell's recliners, as America's favorite scapegoat absorbed much of the brunt for a historically awful loss.

And fairly so — the U.S. are a better, more talented team than the Panamanians, and any such loss should be met with both disappointment and criticism.

However, after rewatching the game film — credit a tasty concoction of journalistic impartiality, CONCACAF TV's On Demand Feature, and liquid courage — it became clear that Bradley's tactics weren't necessarily to blame.

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