The U.S. national soccer team claimed its fifth Concacaf Gold Cup after beating Panama 1-0 in front of some 50,000 spectators at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
Substitute Brek Shea scored the only goal in the 69th minute, just seconds after coming in for Joe Corona.
The tally came on a cross from Alejandro Bedoya that slid just out of the reach of U.S. tournament MVP Landon Donovan to end up on the foot of Shea, who earlier scored the winning goal against Costa Rica in the final match of the group stage.
The U.S. side went 6-0 for the competition, putting up 20 goals.
After upsetting six-time Gold Cup champion Mexico in the semifinals, dark horse Panama concentrated on defense against the potent U.S. attack and never mounted a serious threat.
It was the 11th consecutive victory for the United States in all competitions.
Assistant coach Andreas Herzog was on the bench for the Stars and Stripes, as Concacaf banished manager Jürgen Klinsmann to the press box after he was sent off during a match against Honduras.