Panama stuns US 2-1 in Gold Cup

By FRED GOODALL | June 11, 2011 | 10:30 PM EDT

Panama's Luis Tejada (18) celebrates after scoring against United States goalkeeper Tim Howard, left, during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer matchon Saturday, June 11, 2011, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Luis Tejada scored in the 19th minute and Gabriel Gomez converted a penalty kick later in the first half, helping Panama stun the United States 2-1 on Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.

The victory was the first for the Panamanians in nine meetings with the Americans, who had never lost a match in the group stage of any Gold Cup, the tournament that determines the champion for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Despite the loss, the U.S. can clinch a spot in the quarterfinals by beating Guadaloupe in its final Group C stage match Tuesday night in Kansas City.