The United States Men’s National Team opens up its 2017 Gold Cup in Nashville tonight against Panama.
This is set to be the 19th match between the two countries, with the Yanks dominating the series. The U.S. is 12-2-4 all time against Los Canaleros and 5-1-3 in Gold Cup play. Although Panama has trouble coming out on top, it nearly always manages to keep it close. Only twice has the U.S. won by more than two goals — a 6-0 win in 2004 and a 3-0 win in 2005 — and half of the wins have been decided by one goal.
The lone win for Los Canaleros in the Gold Cup against the Americans came in the last tournament. Clint Dempsey’s and Roberto Nurse’s second-half goals canceled each other out, and the third-place match went into extra time. The extra time periods were goalless, and the game went to penalty kicks. Fabian Johnson, Michael Bradley, and DaMarcus Beasley all failed to convert their spot kicks, and Panama came away with the win.
Good for the U.S., this team could not be any different from years ago. Of the 23-man roster, 19 players are different, as well as the head coach. U.S. Head Coach Bruce Arena called up a mix of veteran and youth players, all on the cusp of breaking into the first team.
There are few certainties in this starting XI, but after some impressive performances last week against Ghana it makes the starting XI a little easier to predict. Brad Guzan will be in net, and Dax McCarty, Kellyn Acosta, and Dom Dwyer all made it nearly impossible for Arena not to include them.
The rest of the team will most likely stay the same as well. The only changes to expect are for Alejandro Bedoya to be inserted into the lineup. I would like to see Seattle’s Cristian Roldan in the number ten position, but as he did not get any minutes against Ghana he will most likely be coming off the bench.
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: Jose Calderon (CD Marathon); Orlando Mosquera (Tauro FC); Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC).
Defenders: Roberto Chen (Deportivo Arabe Unido); Eric Davis (FC DAC 1904 DunajskA Streda); Fidel Escobar (Unattached); Roderick Miller (Atlético Nacional); Michael Amir Murillo (New York Red Bulls); Luis Ovalle (Unattached); Angel Patrick (Deportivo Arabe Unido); Jan Carlos Vargas (Tauro FC).
Midfielders: Edgar Yoel Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula); Miguel Camargo (New York City FC); Armando Cooper (Toronto FC); Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes); Gabriel Gomez (Atlético Bucaramanga); Leslie Heraldez (Deportivo Arabe Unido); Josiel Nuñez (CD Plaza Amador); Valentin Pimentel (CD Plaza Amador).
Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (Danubio FC); Ricardo Clarke (Unattached); Ismael Diaz (FC Porto); Gabriel Torres (FC Lausanne-Sport).
How to Watch
Match Time: 4:30 p.m. ET.
Venue: Nissan Stadium — Nashville, TN.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, fuboTV, Univision Deportes.
Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, follow along at @ussoccer and @TheManeLand. Also, be sure to follow @StarsAndStripesFC.
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