U.S. To Face Panama

The United States Men's National Team, after going undefeated in the group stage, has drawn Panama in the quarterfinals of the 2007 Gold Cup. The game will take place this Saturday from New England at 4 p.m. ET.

Panama ends the group stage with a record of 1-1-1, finishing third in Group C after defeating Honduras, battling to a tie with Cuba and narrowly losing to Mexico. They were, in fact, the only team to be victorious over white-hot Honduras, downing them 3-2 in the first game of each team's Gold Cup campaign.

The United States finished first in Group B at a perfect 3-0-0, the only team to make it through the group stage without a loss or tie. The Nats were triumphant over Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and El Salvador in the group stage, scoring seven goals and conceding zero.

Panama, now ranked 52nd in the world, was on the wrong side of a 6-0 game in October 2004 when they faced the U.S. in World Cup qualifying. In that game, MLS stars shined brightly as Landon Donovan scored the first two goals of the match and Eddie Johnson later added a hat trick.

Donovan and Johnson have a goal each this time around - DaMarcus Beasley leads the team with two goals. Former New England Revolution star Clint Dempsey and current Revs star Taylor Twellman have both added a goal each, as has Brian Ching of the Houston Dynamo.

In case you are keeping count, that's MLS players 4 - Yanks abroad 3.

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