February 21, 2018

USMNT Can't Top Panama

10 July 2017, 12:57 | Marlene Fleming

1:41 | Planet Futbol Juan Carlos Osorio's suspension before Gold Cup changes everything for Mexico

1:41 | Planet Futbol         Juan Carlos Osorio's suspension before Gold Cup changes everything for Mexico

Dom Dwyer scored his second goal in as many games for the U.S. Men's National Team in a scrappy 1-1 draw against Panama at Nashville's Nissan Stadium on Saturday.

The U.S. had just played in its first World Cup in 40 years, winning a berth made possible by Mexico's suspension after using an overage player in Olympic qualifying, and was three months into former Mexico boss Bora Milutinovic's U.S. reign.

Following a scoreless first half, newly-minted USA citizen Dom Dwyer bagged his second goal in as many matches to give the US the lead in the 50th minute.

He is the ninth player in United States national team history to score in each of his first two worldwide appearances.

As for captain, Zambrano said Bernier will likely lead the team.

At the opposite end, US goalkeeper Brad Guzan dove at full extension to push Miguel Camargo's right-footed curler just wide of the far post.

The United States, which had won its previous 13 Gold Cup openers, dropped to 30-1-4 in Gold Cup group-stage play. Torres' blistering strike near the penalty spot was blocked by Guzan, but Camargo was first to the rebound and squeezed a low drive under Guzan to tie the match at 1-1. I think our team has a lot of depth. He set up Dwyer's goal, and played a role in some of the better attacking moments from the U.S. That would be more than enough to get through to the next round.

"We didn't play well on the day", USA coach Bruce Arena said. The composure he showed on both goals - the first on a breakaway when he was played clean on the French Guiana net by Cavallini, and the second a sharp finish off of a setup from Jackson-Hamel - was that of a seasoned veteran, not an inexperienced teenager. The Central Americans also beat the the third-place match in 2015.

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After that, the slate gets much easier with games against Martinique on July 12 in Tampa and Nicaragua on July 15 in Cleveland.

Although the majority of the top soccer leagues around the world are now in the offseason, there are important matches taking place on the global stage.

That all of Canada's great work was almost undone by a disastrous two minutes when it allowed French Guiana to get back into the game should not overshadow the many positives on this night.

Toyota joins CONCACAF as first-time sponsor of the Gold Cup, the preeminent national team tournament of the North, Central America and Caribbean region.

Alejandro Bedoya and Gonzalez started in place of Arriola and Matt Hedges.

First-half goals from Dejan Jakovic and Scott Arfield, who both netted at senior worldwide level for the first time, appeared to have Canada in control of the Group A clash at Red Bull Arena.

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber was on hand.

But while USMNT fans can hope for-and probably expect-better results, their Gold Cup campaign didn't get off the the smoothest of starts Saturday afternoon.

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