Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Ka-sey Kel-ler!

USA: Gold Cup Champs (ISI)
Originally uploaded by mfishkin.
The Washington State native brought home the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the US on Sunday, winning a penalty shootout vs. upstart Panama 3-1 after a scoreless draw and a scoreless 30-minute overtime period. Keller, who has played for clubs in England, Spain, and Germany, stopped the plucky canaleros on numerous occasions throughout the match, but set the tone for the US win early in the shootout. Keller guessed correctly, dove to his left, and stoned Luis Tejada to open the tiebreaker and rattle the Panamanians’ confidence. After Santino Quaranta scored for the US, Jorge Dely Valdes hit the crossbar. After Chris Armas’ shot was saved, Felipe Baloy scored for Panama. After Landon Donovan gave the US a 2-1 lead, Alberto Blanco missed the net entirely. Finally, the US’ Brad Davis, in only his second international appearance, buried his penalty shot, giving the US their third Gold Cup title.

National team soccer now gives way to some MLS-European exhibitions, as AC Milan takes on Chicago on Tuesday (9pm), DC United hosts Chelsea on Thursday night (espn2) and the MLS All-Stars take on Fulham on Saturday in Columbus (ABC, 3:30pm). The US gets back in the World Cup groove on Wednesday, August 17th vs. Trinidad at Rentschler Field in Hartford, CT.

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