United States edge minnows Martinique in Gold Cup win

Olimpa could only parry a 20-yard strike from Arriola and Gonzalez was on hand to poke in his second worldwide goal.

Paul Arriola looked set to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead within minutes of halftime, only to be denied by Les Matinino backstop Kevin Olimpa.

Martinique's stunning equalizer came eight minutes later, with Parsemain getting another goal in fortunate circumstances.

Panama temporarily moved to the top of the group ahead of the USA-Martinique match, which followed.

But Martinique only had two minutes to celebrate.

However, Martinique responded and incredibly drew level within 12 minutes.

What: The United States will take on Martinique in Group B play in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

United States' Paul Arriola, lower left, falls as he and Martinique's Johan Audel (11) go after the ball during a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. All in all this was a fairly inexperienced starting XI and no player showed that more than Cristian Roldan, who made his debut on Wednesday, and started brightly by cutting down passes and taking Martinique attackers off the ball before settling into an average performance. Kevin Parsemain's deflected strike hit the post in the 32nd minute, then Stephane Abaul lost his man on a corner kick and directed a skipping header inches wide of goalkeeper Brad Guzan's righthand post. Parsemain was a thorn in the U.S.'s side and should have scored after a awful giveaway from Eric Lichaj in the first half.

Throughout the first half, the United States had chances to score but couldn't capitalize. In Wednesday's first match, Panama scored twice in a seven-minute span early in the second half to overcome a deficit and defeat Nicaragua, 2-1.

Soon after, though, Martinique (1-1-0) responded against a softening US defense. And in the 74th minute, a series of deflections after faulty USA defending resulted in a shocking equalizer.

Martinique, on three points, while face Panama on Saturday while the Americans take on Nicaragua, who have yet to claim a point.

FC Dallas center-back Matt Hedges also struggled.

The U.S., which opened last weekend with a 1-1 tie against Panama, completes group play Saturday against Nicaragua in Cleveland.

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