Late Goal Helps Panama Beat U.S. at Copa America

Panama score late goal to win US (Panama/Copa America)

The United States suffered a devastating 2-1 loss to Panama at the Copa America, putting their hopes of advancing in jeopardy. Tim Weah’s reckless punch in the 18th minute earned him a red card, leaving the US shorthanded for most of the game.

Despite Folarin Balogun’s 22nd-minute goal, Panama equalized through César Blackman in the 26th minute. José Fajardo scored the winner in the 83rd minute, beating backup goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

Panama vs USA (Copa America)

Weah’s dismissal was a turning point, and coach Gregg Berhalter criticized the “silly” decision. “A moment of frustration led to an irreversible consequence,” Weah apologized on social media.

The US played with intensity but couldn’t overcome the numerical disadvantage. Captain Christian Pulisic expressed disappointment and pride in the team’s effort.

The US must now beat Uruguay and rely on other results to advance. Berhalter’s job may be on the line if the US fails to progress. Panama, meanwhile, is in a strong position to advance.

Coach Thomas Christiansen praised his team’s well-deserved victory and their ability to read the game. “We have achieved three fabulous points,” he said.

The US dominated possession but struggled to create chances. Panama’s victory was their third-ever win against the US in 27 meetings. The US faces an uphill battle, but Berhalter remains confident in his team’s abilities. “We believe in this group,” he said. “If we stay focused and execute a game plan, we’ll be OK.”