Nicaragua 0 - USMNT 3

With Panama defeating Martinique in the first game of the day, the United States men's national team needed a win of three goals of more in its match against Nicaragua to clinch the top spot in Group B of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Americans opened the tournament with a disappointing draw against Panama, and they barely eeked out a win against Martinique.

With the three-goal margin of victory, the US clinched the group over Panama, which also collected the same seven-point haul during group play.

Rowe, who earned his first USA cap earlier this month, tallied in the 56th minute on short pass from Boston College alum Alejandro Bedoya inside the box.

Without Miazga's late goal, the United States would have been paired with Costa Rica, the Group A victor (2-0-1). The U.S.is now tied atop the group with Panama after squeaking out a 3-2 win over Martinique on Wednesday in Tampa.

Kelyn Rowe made it 2-0 when he finished from a nice assist from Alejandro Bedoya in the 56th minute. It took a slight deflection and beat Lorente to the near corner for Rowe's first global goal.

The increasing pressure in the second half also saw the U.S. MNT earn two penalty kicks.

The U.S. MNT will now wait for the final Group C matches to conclude before learning their quarterfinal opponent. Coach Bruce Arena is expected to avail himself of several additions to his roster - each team is allowed to add six players for the knockout stages. Dwyer's penalty, unfortunately for the USMNT, was saved.

The chances continued to mount for the U.S. MNT and the third goal came in the 88th minute.

But Matt Miazga scored an 88th-minute header - his first worldwide goal - to lift his side into top spot after Luis Fernando Copete had been sent off for Nicaragua.

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