The final game of Group B is upon us, and the United States Men’s National Team has not had the best of performances so far. The Yanks look to make amends for two poor outings tonight against Nicaragua in Cleveland.
Luckily for the Yanks, they couldn’t face better opponent for the circumstance. Nicaragua has lost all five of its Gold Cup matches all-time, and did not score a goal until the other day off a Carlos Chavarria strike against Panama. This will be the first time that these two countries face each other and Los Pinoleros Albiazules will be the 97th different nation the USMNT has faced.
Two Americans are chasing historic marks. Dom Dwyer rested against Martinique, but will look to become just the third ever U.S. player to score a goal in each of his first three caps, joining Alexander Rae and Eddie Johnson.
Jordan Morris could also join an elite list tonight. After his brace secured a win on Wednesday, Morris will look for a similar performance tonight. Only five Americans have ever scored more than one multi-goal game at the Gold Cup, and the Sounders man will look to join the list.
Head Coach Bruce Arena made eight changes on Wednesday, and more changes are to be expected tonight. However, Arena will put the team first over giving players opportunities as the Yanks have not secured a place in the knockout round entering the final game.
The U.S. is currently sitting in first place in Group B, albeit tied with Panama with four points. Both teams have the same goal differential but the U.S. has scored more goals to win the second tiebreaker. A win or draw for the Yanks will qualify them for the next stage. If the U.S. manages to pull the unthinkable, and lose to Nicaragua, then the situation will get a little trickier.
Of the 23 players Arena has called up all but three have featured. It is possible, and likely, that goalkeepers Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson will not see the field at all this tournament. Matt Miazga is the lone field player to not see the field, but that should change sooner, rather than later.
A final interesting story line is where to watch the game. The Yanks are being pushed aside tonight by boxing, MLB, an auto race (on tape delay), and Star Trek. The Gold Cup match will air on FXX. If you have never even flipped to this channel before, this should help:
- DirecTV 259
- DISH 125
- Verizon 191, 691
- Comcast 727
- AT&T 128, 1128
For more viewing options read below.
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson(New York City FC).
Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges(FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City).
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Chris Pontius(Philadelphia Union), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy).
Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC).
Goalkeepers: Justo Lorente (UNAN FC), Henry Maradiaga (Real Estelí FC), Diedrich Tellez (Diriangen FC).
Defenders: Luis Copete (Comerciantes Unidos), Cyril Errington (Real Estelí FC), Oscar Lopez (Managua FC), Henry Niño (Jaco Rays FC), Josue Quijano (Real Estelí FC), Manuel Rosas (Real Estelí FC), Erick Tellez (Diriangen FC), Bismarck Veliz (Chinandega FC).
Midfielders: Daniel Cadena (Njarðvíkur), Elvis Figueroa (Real Estelí FC), Luis Galeano (Real Estelí FC), Bryan Garcia (Real Estelí FC), Marlon Lopez (Real Estelí FC), Maykel Montiel (UNAN FC), Bismarck Montiel (Managua FC), Luis Peralta (CD Walter Ferretti).
Forwards: Juan Barrera (Comunicaciones FC), Carlos Chavarria (Real Estelí FC), Jorge Hurtado (CD Walter Ferretti), Eulises Pavon (CD Suchitepéquez).
How to Watch
Match Time: 7 p.m. ET.
Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium — Cleveland, OH.
TV: FXX, AFN Sports, Univision.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, fuboTV, Univision Deportes, Sirius XM (radio).
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @ussoccer and @TheManeLand. Also, be sure to follow @StarsAndStripesFC.
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