Gold Cup Pick 'Em: editors predict USMNT vs. Panama

Each week during the MLS season, the editors share their picks ahead of league matches. This time, they take a crack at Sunday's Gold Cup final match between the United States and Panama at Soldier Field (4 pm ET, Fox/Univision Deportes/UniMas).

Disagree? Make your voice heard in the comment section below!

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Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


As much as the US offense has devastated opponents, this time the defense takes the spotlight. Goodson-Besler are strong, and that spells trouble for Perez, Torres & Co.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


There's been no more impressive team besides the US than Panama in this tournament. Fundamentally sound, well-coached and electric when needed. The US will be truly tested here. And they'll sweat to get this done.

Kristel Valencia


It won't be easy. Panama are well organized in defense and very dangerous in attack with Perez and Torres. However, the US is stronger collectively. They are much more solid in attack, with many individualities that can solve the game. And, oh yeah, Landon Donovan.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


OK, the US have finally convinced me not to go with a shutout. But I just don't think their attack can be stopped at this point – even against a Panama team that's been the clear No. 2 this tournament.

Andrew Wiebe


Make it 11 straight and a Gold Cup title. This Panama team isn't sneaky good. They're just good. They'll push the US more than any other side has so far this tournament, but still won't topple the hosts. Landon Donovan caps his resurgance with a cup, which captain DaMarcus Beasley hoists to the delight – and relief – of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


Seems like destiny at this point for the US, and I'm not sure that Klinsmann's absence will alter that. Panama's forwards will be tough to deal with, but Los Canaleros know that they'll have their hands full with the US attack as well, meaning they can't throw numbers forward all game. The US will dictate the pace and even if Panama score first, the Americans have enough fire power to answer the call.

Diego Pinzon


I haven't seen any US side this quick and effective in a long time. Panama is the most organized team of the competition so far, and will prove to be the best test for the US yet. Both come with a lot of confidence, but those amazing one-twos and first time passes we've seen from Landon and Co. will decide the match.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


The USMNT finally meet their match in a Canaleros team that can give them a physical battle and challenge the Americans on the flanks. Key is where Dely Valdes lines up Quintero: on the right vs. Beasley or the left vs. Parkhurst?

Nick Rosano


This one could go all the way to extratime -- and I think it will. In the end, though, the US is a better team on paper, they are just as confident as their opponents, and the attack is clicking in a big way. It'll be a nail-biter of the final, and the US will come out on top.



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