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U.S. is headed to Gold Cup final

Updated: June 23, 2011, 12:36 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Perhaps Landon Donovan is better coming off the bench after all.

Entering the match as a substitute for the second game running, Donovan's inch-perfect pass found Clint Dempsey lurking at the far post in the 76th minute, and the U.S. attacker stabbed the ball home to give the U.S. men's national team a 1-0 Gold Cup semifinal victory over Panama.

It was a vindication of sorts on a multitude of levels for the U.S. team. Manager Bob Bradley's gutsy ...

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