Panama to Roll vs. Nicaragua in July 12 Gold Cup Match

The Americans (1-0-1) jumped to the top of the Group B standings and all but sealed a quarterfinal place ahead of Saturday's group finale against Nicaragua (0-2-0) in Cleveland.

Soon after, though, Martinique (1-1-0) responded against a softening USA defense.

Gonzalez put the U.S. ahead 1-0 in the 53rd minute, pouncing on a rebound of a shot at the door of the Martinique goal after Paul Arriola's shot was stopped by keeper Kevin Olimpa.

To their credit, the USA men stepped things up and Morris scored the gamewinner a few minutes later, but Martinique never should have been close to earning a point.

The game might have gone in a different direction but with the US up by two Brad Guzan gave up a shocking goal at the 66-minute mark to let the visitors back into the match.

Arena's side were 2-0 up with 25 minutes plus added time to go, surely cruise control time for a side of this relative caliber playing against a hearty group of Championnat National all-stars.

62nd minute, 1-0 USA: U.S. manager Bruce Arena is making his first sub.

Dom Dwyer scored the lone goal for United States of America against Panama, but it wasn't enough as the match ended 1-1. Although the Yanks generated eight corner kicks and a few risky free kicks with their control of the ball, they were beaten to almost every one by a Martinique defender.

48th minute, 0-0: Paul Arriola hits the crossbar from six yards out!

The Gold Cup is all about looking at candidates for a possible World Cup 2018 roster - nothing is yet assured, of course - in the eight or so positions that are up for grabs. "We knew coming out in the second half that we had to change a little bit and be a little more aggressive, and I think we did that as a team". They got on the board thanks to a goalkeeping error, when Brad Guzan whiffed on a routine save off a shot by Parsemain. The United States is playing with nearly no urgency, precision or energy right now.

Why They Win: The opponent sleep-walks through the first half and all those shots from defenders, midfielders get closer to the net. As good as the team looked as far as runs and build-up play go - and at times, likes the ones above, they looked damn good - they were abysmal finishing.

"This venue is among the best in our country, so we're excited about it", Arena said.

After taking the stunning leap to USMNT player while still in college, after leading Stanford to the NCAA championship in his junior year, after scoring 12 goals in 34 appearances as a rookie and helping the Seattle Sounders to win the 2016 MLS Cup, Morris found himself stricken by a serious case of the sophomore jinx.

Cristian Roldan, who chose to play for the US rather than Guatemala or El Salvador, injects a bit of skill into the team. Zardes, who had struggled throughout the match, earned the assist with a good run down the left flank and a cross that landed right in Morris' path.

On a humid night in Tampa Bay, a squad of seasoned professionals, albeit a squad without much experience at the ever-hyped global level and without much time playing together as a unit, took to the pitch of Raymond James Stadium.

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