The United States rallied to defeat Panama in overtime to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Cup on Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Head coach Bob Bradley opted to give the starting nod to forwards Brian Ching and Davy Arnaud, who was then replaced by Kenny Cooper in the 77th minute.
The midfield was anchored by Haiti hero Stuart Holden, Kyle Beckerman, Logan Pause and Robbie Rogers who gave way to Brad Evans in the 110th minute.
The backline started with Jay Heaps, Chad Marshall, Jimmy Conrad and Heath Pearce while Troy Perkins got the nod as goalkeeper over Luis Robles.
Conrad's night ended prematurely right before halftime when a collision with a Panamanian player forced the team captain to the sidelines leaving Clarence Goodson to hurriedly enter the game.
It was moments after the IK Start man's entrance when Panama struck first, as Blas Perez gathered a loose ball which had deflected off of Holden from a corner, and fired the ball into the roof of the net.
Coach Bradley's squad was forced to play catch up at the start of the second half but soon found the equalizer in the 49th minute courtesy of Beckerman, who notched his first career international goal.
Rogers had lofted a pass to Arnaud towards the Panamanian back post. The KC Wizard then played it back into the area for Beckerman who rocketed a shot into the upper right corner of the net.
The two teams were still deadlocked after 90 minutes forcing the extra time, which saw the US take control of the match.
The gamewinner came in the 105th when Holden once again served as the play maker sending a pass into the box Cooper. As the Hoops attacker wound up to shoot, he was the victim of a flying karate kick by Panamanian defender Roman Torres, for which the referee signaled a clear penalty.
The foul earned Torres a yellow card and awarded the FC Dallas man a penalty kick who then curled his effort just inside the left post for the deciding goal. The game ended in chaos with two Panamanians attacking the refereeing crew. Mexican referee Benito Archundia issued two red cards after the match, to Panamanians Torres and Felipe Baloy
The Stars and Stripes will now take on Honduras in the semifinals on Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.