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July 28, 2013 | By Jack McCarthy
CHICAGO - Juergen Klinsmann said there was no team better than the United States in the last month of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament. The Americans showed their coach exactly why Sunday in the final. The U.S. didn't allow a single shot on goal and picked up the game's lone score on an opportunistic shot by midfielder Brek Shea in the 68th minute. The 1-0 victory over Panama gave the U.S. its fifth Gold Cup championship. "You want to win it in a way that you feel you deserve it," said Klinsmann, who watched the game from a Solder Field luxury suite while serving a suspension.
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SPORTS
July 28, 2013 | By Jack McCarthy
CHICAGO -- Brek Shea wasted no time giving the U.S. men's soccer team it's biggest lift on Sunday. The backup midfielder entered the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game at Soldier Field in the 68th minute and 42 seconds later to break a soreless tie. Panama failed to answer and the U.S. secured a 1-0 triumph and its fifth Gold Cup championship in front of a largely pro-USA crowd announced at 57,920. The victory extended the Americans' winning streak to 11 games in 2013, four more than its previous best of seven in a row in 2007, the last time the Americans won a Gold Cup trophy.
SPORTS
July 26, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann will not be on the sidelines Sunday when the U.S. plays Panama in Chicago in the Gold Cup final after the American coach was suspended by a CONCACAF disciplinary committee for his actions in the closing minutes of Wednesday's semifinal win over Honduras. With the U.S. in control of that match -- which it eventually won, 3-1 -- Klinsmann became angry with Costa Rican referee Walter Quesada, who let rough play by the Hondurans go unchecked. When U.S. captain DaMarcus Beasley was fouled roughly from behind in front of the U.S. bench in the 87th minute, Klinsmann slammed a soccer ball to the turf and shouted at the official, who stopped the match and sent the coach off. Unlike 2005, when then-U.S.
SPORTS
July 25, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. predict who will win Sunday's Gold Cup final between the U.S. and Panama. Join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times Panama has played well in the Gold Cup, beating Mexico twice. But it won't beat the U.S. The Americans are on a roll of historic proportions. They've won 10 in a row for the first time in the century-long history of U.S. soccer. Their 19 goals in five games is a Gold Cup record for the team.
SPORTS
July 24, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
For the second time in 11 years, Mexico won't play in the Gold Cup final. Panama made sure of that Wednesday, turning a first-half goal from Blas Perez, a second-half score from Roman Torres and some brilliant goalkeeping from Jaime Penedo into a 2-1 win over Mexico in front of 81,410 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Panama, which beat Mexico, 2-1, in the Gold Cup opener, will play the U.S. in Sunday's final in Chicago. The U.S. advanced with a 3-1 victory over Honduras in Wednesday's first semifinal game.
WORLD
July 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Panamanian authorities have charged 33 crew members of the North Korean freighter seized at the Panama Canal with endangering public security by attempting to traffic undeclared weapons, local news media reported Thursday. State prosecutor Javier Caraballo said the weapons trafficking charges could result in sentences of up to six years if the crew members are tried and convicted, the Panama City newspaper La Prensa reported on its website. Caraballo also reported that the 35 crewmen on board when the freighter was intercepted July 10 were "contentious" and refusing to cooperate with investigators.
SPORTS
July 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Justin Campbell of Simi Valley threw a complete game, striking out six, to lead the US 12U national team to a 2-0 victory over Panama on Wednesday in the International Baseball Federation World Cup in Taiwan. Campbell, the younger brother of Simi Valley High pitching standout Matt Campbell, allowed three hits in six shutout innings. He struck out the side in the final inning. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
WORLD
July 17, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - North Korean officials on Wednesday called for Panama to release the crew members of a cargo ship being detained while authorities search it for Cuban missile components and other war materiel. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the crew should be released because Panamanian authorities were looking for drugs, but had not found any, according to news reports. The Chong Chon Gang container ship remained docked on the Caribbean coast of Panama on Wednesday. Jose Raul Mulino, Panama's security minister, said in a TV interview that his country was awaiting the arrival of experts from the U.S. and Britain who could evaluate the “enormous quantity of armaments” involved.
WORLD
July 16, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The Panamanian government has discovered what appears to be “sophisticated missile equipment” hidden in the hull of a North Korean container ship that had set sail from Cuba and was slated to head home via the Panama Canal, President Ricardo Martinelli said late Monday. Martinelli divulged the details of the discovery to Panamanian media and in a pair of brief posts on his Twitter account . The Panamanian newspaper La Prensa reported that Panamanian officials had initially suspected that the ship, the Chong Chon Gang, was carrying drugs, and detained it in the port of Cristobal, on the Caribbean coast, near the Panama Canal entrance.
WORLD
July 16, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Cuba announced Tuesday that the missile parts the Panamanian government found hidden in a North Korean cargo ship heading home were part of a stash of aging military equipment in need of repair. Cuba's Exterior Relations Ministry said the North Korean ship contained 240 metric tons, or about 529,000 pounds, of "obsolete defensive armaments" that were being sent to North Korea to be repaired and returned to Cuba; it said it also carried about 10,000 tons of sugar. Among the armaments, the ministry statement said, were two antiaircraft missile systems, nine missiles "in parts and pieces," two MIG-21s and 15 engines for such planes.
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