A Frustrating Start To Gold Cup for USMNT

USMNT, Gold Cup
The U.S. celebrates Dom Dwyer's goal vs. Panama. Photo: U.S. Soccer

Gold Cup Group Stage

United States 1
Panama 1

Goals: USA: 50’ Dom Dwyer (assist Kelyn Rowe); PAN: 60’ Miguel Camargo

Overview: With the 2017 Gold Cup serving as an audition for many on the U.S. Men’s National Team Roster ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia, the stock of some players rose with others took a step back. Among the notable performances today were Dom Dwyer, who in his second cap for the U.S. scored his second goal and was a force on offense. In addition, Kelyn Rowe was active throughout the match and a constant presence in the midfield for the American. He was also instrumental in setting up Dwyer’s goals. In goal, Brad Guzan was sharp and made several key saves, including a reaction save on a Gabriel Torres shot, the rebound of which would be put in the back of the net by Miguel Camargo. But the U.S. had frequent defensive lapses and appeared to lack the cohesion needed against better competition such as Panama. While the final two Group Stage matches vs. Martinique and Nicaragua should be easier tasks, Arena will nonetheless have opportunities for further evaluation.

Notes:

  • The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak under Bruce Arena to nine matches, going 4-0-5 since he returned to lead the National Team.
  • With his 50th minute strike, Dom Dwyer became just the ninth player in U.S. MNT history to score in each of his first two appearances. Dwyer also tallied in the 19th minute of the USA’s 2-1 win against Ghana on July 1.
  • Having made his international debut way back in 2009, Saturday’s start marked the first match in official competition for Dax McCarty.
  • Guzan appeared in his seventh-consecutive Gold Cup match, recording seven saves.
  • The match was played in front of a Tennessee-state record crowd of 47,622.

Quotable:
USMNT Head Coach Bruce Arena…
“We didn’t play well on the day. We didn’t deal well with their pressure, especially in the midfield.”

What’s next:
The U.S. men return to action on July 12 with its second Gold Cup Group Stage match against Martinique. Game time is 8:30 p.m. Eastern time at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.