U.S. Will Play Gold Cup Championship Without Coach Klinsmann

The U.S. will play Panama in the Gold Cup soccer championship without coach Juergen Klinsmann who was suspended yesterday for one match by the Concacaf Disciplinary Committee.

Klinsmann was suspended after he was ejected by a Costa Rican referee for protesting a challenge on one of his players in the U.S. 3-1 semifinal victory over Honduras.

The disciplinary committee said Klinsmann showed “dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner” during the game July 24 in Arlington, Texas.

Klinsmann can’t appeal the decision under FIFA rules.

The U.S. meets Panama tomorrow in the championship at Soldier Field in Chicago. Panama advanced to the final with a 2-1 victory over two-time defending champion Mexico.

The U.S. won the last of its four Gold Cup titles in 2007, two years after it beat Panama in the Central American country’s only prior visit to the final. Mexico won the past two editions of the biennial tournament to take its tally to six, while Canada is the only other nation to claim the trophy, in 2000.

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