U.S. open Gold Cup play with a draw vs. Panama, 1-1

U.S. open Gold Cup play with a draw vs. Panama, 1-1

"I think we're going to face a team a little different than the team we saw in Panama in March", Arena said. "We want to continue to build on what we started in January and improve the program". USA coach Bruce Arena called in a handful of younger and new players to the Gold Cup, presumably to scout their fit with the national team before it continues its World Cup qualifying schedule later this year.

Davies, who only recently acquired his Canadian citizenship and has impressed with the Vancouver Whitecaps this season, was played in all alone in the 60th minute and showed a lot of poise to convert his breakaway. Dax McCarty was also good in his first United States appearance in quite some time. But the US had frequent defensive lapses and appeared to lack the cohesion needed against better competition such as Panama.

The United States' second match is against Martinique on July 12, with Panama facing Nicaragua on the same day.

Group A consists of Honduras, Costa Rica, French Guiana and Canada.

So maybe we were too quick to anoint Kellyn Acosta as the ready-for-primetime option who could step into the USA full-strength squad at the age of 21.




After this result, both teams will be looking to post a huge goal differential over their next two games to finish on top of Group B. Martinique and Nicaragua aren't just in for two tough matches against superior squads, but games where their opponents will try their hardest to run up the score. A showdown with the United States at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on July 26th is highly likely. El Salvador 19/2 (03:00) An alternate Mexico side will compete in the 2017 Gold Cup after their top players took part in the Confederations Cup.

All of the players except for Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo) are based in Mexico. Mexico is coming off of a disappointing performance in Russian Federation, and will similarly rest their top talent for Gold Cup. Arena said he plans to rotate players in every match, so we'll still see plenty of more players who haven't seen the pitch, but we might not see any more of some of the guys who got a wasted their chance today.

Still, all that being said, who actually wins the Gold Cup will probably come down to the big three.

Gabriel Torres, formerly of the Colorado Rapids, will be expected to shoulder most of the scoring load, but the likes of Abdiel Arroyo and Ricardo Clarke will gain some experience and give Gomez some additional options when World Cup qualifying matches resume in September.

As the Gold Cup falls under Federation Internationale de Football Association rules, the former Chelsea midfielder and current Delhi Dynamos star will not be allowed play in the tournament. Sure, but the fact remains he has looked good in both of his national team appearances and he has done enough to merit more opportunities. Mexico is favored to at least reach the final of the tournament, if not win it.

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