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USA boss Bradley happy to get past 'hard' opponents Panama

USA head coach Bob Bradley was delighted to see his side advance into the Gold Cup final with a hard-fought victory over Panama on Wednesday night.

The US got revenge on the Panamanians, who they lost to in the group stage, by defeating them 1-0 in the semi-final in Houston.

The win was set up by Landon Donovan, who crossed to the backpost for Clint Dempsey to stab home, and Bradley was happy to see a winning effort from his side who will now face-off in their fourth straight decider when they meet Mexico in Pasadena on Saturday.

"It was a hard game for sure," Bradley said. "In all ways, I thought that the mentality of the group was looking for ways to win. In the first half, I thought in stretches we had pretty good rhythm with the ball.

"The second half got harder. Panama did a good job of keeping things very tight. Now you have to look for different ways to win the game. Defensively, they're solid and I felt we put a very good play together to score a great goal."

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