CHICAGO -- It took Brek Shea less than a minute to give the United States a goal.

And the Gold Cup title.

Shea scored 42 seconds after coming into the game as a substitute, and his goal in the 69th minute gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. It is the fifth Gold Cup title for the U.S., but it's first since 2007. The victory also extended the Americans' winning streak to a record 11 games, four more than their previous best.

When the final whistle sounded, the Americans on the bench raced onto the field to join their teammates. Several players jumped up and down, and hugs and high-fives were exchanged. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who watched the game from a luxury box after being suspended for his tirade over the officiating in the semifinal, quickly made his way down to the field, pumping his fists in the air as he walked.

The Panamians, meanwhile, could only watch in disappointment. They came into the game full of confidence after beating Mexico twice during the tournament, but never really threatened the United States.

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    US players celebrate after defeating Panama 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Landon Donovan #10 of the United States holds the Most Valuable Player trophy after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann celebrates the team's win against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Members of the United States celebrate winning the Gold Cup after defeating Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Bill Hamid #22 and Eddie Johnson #26 of the USA celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Fans watch game action between USA and Panama at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    A fan holds up a photo of Team USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann during the team's win against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won 1-0. Klinsmann was banned from the bench during the match after being ejected during the semifinals. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Clarence Goodson #21 of the USA celebrates with his daughter after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Fans watch game action between USA and Panama at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Clarence Goodson #21 of the USA celebrates with his daughter after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Clarence Goodson #21 of the USA celebrates with his daughter after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: USA players celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: USA players celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    US fans watch play between the US and Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US defeated Panama 1-0. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: USA players celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Bill Hamid #22 and Eddie Johnson #26 of the USA celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Bill Hamid #22 of the USA celebrates after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: USA players celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

  • Championship - 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: USA players celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    DaMarcus Beasley (L) of the US and Blas Perez of Panama fight for the ball during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Blas Perez of Panama gets a pat on the head from a teammate after the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final against the US on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US fans cheers during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final against Panama on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Leonel Parris (C) and Roman Torres (L) of Panama vie with Brek Shea of the US during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Jairo Jimenez (C) of Panama vies with Brek Shea of the US during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    US players DaMarcus Beasley (L) and Kyle Beckerman celebrate after the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final against Panama on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Eddie Johnson of the US drapes a flag over his shoulders after the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final against Panama on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won the match 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Landon Donovan (2nd R) and Brek Shea (R) of the US celebrate after Shea scored against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Landon Donovan of the US celebrates after the US defeated Panama 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Landon Donovan (2nd R) and Brek Shea (R) of the US celebrate with their team after Shea scored against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The US won 1-0. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Brek Shea (C) of the US scores the winning goal as Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo (L) and Landon Donovan (R) of the US look on during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Donavan had the assist on the goal by Shea to defeat Panama 1-0. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Landon Donovan of the US celebrates after the US defeated Panama 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Landon Donovan (L) of the US fights for the ball against Roberto Chen of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Fans enter Soldier Field for the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match between the United States and Panama on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Kyle Beckerman #14 of USA fights for the ball with Gabriel Torres #9 of Panama in the first half at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field July 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Fans of the United States cheer as their team enters the field for warm-ups before taking on Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Panama fans tailgate before the start of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final between the United States and Panama at Soldier Field July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    Fans before the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match between the US and Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago , Illinois. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Landon Donovan #10 of the United States battles with Alberto Quintero #19 of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Michael Parkhurst #15 of the United States knocks the ball away from Alberto Quintero #19 of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    Landon Donovan (L) of the US vies with Panama's Alberto Quintero during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Mix Diskerud #8 of the United States heads the ball away from Alberto Quintero #19 of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Alejandro Bedoya #20 of the United States grabs Anibal Godoy #20 of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Fans enter Soldier Field for the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match between the United States and Panama on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: USA players celebrate after a win over Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The United States defeated Panama 1-0. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Kyle Beckerman #14 of the United States is pushed to the ground by Alberto Quintero #19 of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    Eddie Johnson (L) of the US fights for the ball against Carlos Rodriguez (R) of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Fans before the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match between the US and Panama at Soldier Field in Chicago , Illinois. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Landon Donovan #10 of the United States battles with Alberto Quintero #19 of Panama during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match at Soldier Field on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • Panama v United States - 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship

    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Gabriel Torres #9 of Panama and Joe Corona #6 of USA fight for the ball in the first half at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field July 29, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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    CHICAGO, IL - JULY 28: Fans of Panama cheer outside Soldier Field before the CONCACAF Gold Cup final match against the United States on July 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    Eddie Johnson (L) of the US vies with Panama's Roberto Chen during the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


The only downer on the day for the Americans was another injury to Stuart Holden's right knee. He collapsed to the ground after colliding with another player in the first half and grabbed at his right knee. He was able to walk off the field on his own, but U.S. Soccer later said he had sprained the knee and it would need further evaluation.

Holden missed almost 2 1/2 years because of injuries to his right knee, only returning to the U.S. squad in late May.

The U.S. had been the class of the Gold Cup, outscoring opponents 20-4 in the tournament. Klinsmann used a mostly young team, and its confidence appeared to grow with every victory.

Though Klinsmann and his players had insisted his one-game suspension wouldn't change anything - "We're going to use it a little bit as a rallying cry," Landon Donovan said Saturday. "We want to win the trophy for him." - they lacked their usual sharpness early on. Donovan and Eddie Johnson both struggled to get free, covered closely by Panama's dogged defense.

But they found their rhythm in the second half, creating several chances. The best came in the 56th minute, DaMarcus Beasley chipped a ball into Donovan, who was in front of the goal at the near post. Donovan got his head on the ball, but not at the angle he wanted and it flew wide of the net. As the crowd groaned, Donovan threw back his head and Beasley swatted the red flag in the corner.

The Americans were still scratching to create something - anything - when Shea replaced Joe Corona in the 68th minute. He didn't waste any time making his presence felt as the Americans pushed forward again.

Alejandro Bedoya fed Donovan, but he muffed the shot. The ball continued to roll past Panama's Roberto Chen and on toward the net. Parked inches from the goal line, Shea stuck out his left foot and tapped the ball past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo for his second international goal.

The Americans had a chance to double the lead in the 84th minute when Shea fed a wide-open Eddie Johnson 2 yards from the goal. But Johnson couldn't finish it, sending the ball flying over the cross bar.