Hosts US draw 1-1 with Panama in Gold Cup opener

Hosts US draw 1-1 with Panama in Gold Cup opener

Blame this disappointing result on an inability to protect a lead.

Bedoya is part of the USA team, ranked 35th in the world, that will play without stars such as Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Geoff Cameron and Clint Dempsey. On a hot day in Nashville, a couple of US players asserted themselves while a few others squandered a chance to do so with their poor play. "It's frustrating. It's disappointing".

After scoring in his US debut last weekend against Ghana, the England-born Dwyer put the Americans ahead in the 50th minute with a left-footed shot from nine yards that went in off the far post. The cooling break gave the Americans a much-needed breather as they started to find spaces down the wings with Zusi and winger Kelyn Rowe.

Dwyer recorded his second goal in as many games for the Americans, opening the scoring in their match Saturday against Panama in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

"I don't know if it's [about more of] a leadership role, [or] just playing a little bit better, but certainly our more experienced players have to do that", he said.

If a tournament full of awful dives, frightful refereeing, empty stadiums, amateur football players, and questionable fan behaviour is appealing, this tournament is the one for you.

I understand that you need 8 teams to make the knock-out stage work but the tournament is hurt with this format.

"A lot of people were watching those games this summer, and you see the type of competition you're up against", Bedoya said.

Bedoya made his 62nd worldwide appearance, most among players on the U.S. Gold Cup roster, and captained the Americans for the first time. Each of the last three games has ended in a 1-1 tie, including a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier March 28.

The U.S. entered 4-0-4 since Bruce Arena started his second stint as coach, replacing Jurgen Klinsmann in November.

The United States will meet Martinique on July 12 and Panama play Nicaragua the same day. However, their roster for this tournament could be called a "B" squad as two of their best players (Blas Perez and Jamie Penedo) are being rested for the stretch run of World Cup Qualifying. He hasn't scored since May 3 for his club in MLS play. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. He scored his first goal for team United States of America on a free kick in a friendly against Ghana earlier this month, and has shown the potential to be a quality two-way player.

Panama almost tied the game five minutes before Camargo's equalizer.

Panama responded well to falling behind and should have been level when Diaz somehow blazed over from a yard out after Gabriel Torres's header had been saved by Guzan.

In fact, Guzan provided one of the most marked bright spots during the match, Arena and his teammates said. "Defensively, we didn't do a good enough job getting enough pressure on the ball dealing with some of their numbers in wide positions".

USA coach Bruce Arena, whose priority remains the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, has opted to rest several first-choice players from duty.

Panama midfielder Miguel Camargo is a teammate of US goalkeeper Sean Johnson with MLS' New York City FC while midfielder Armando Cooper is a teammate of USA defender Justin Morrow with MLS' Toronto FC.

Having made his worldwide debut way back in 2009, Saturday's start marked the first match in official competition for Dax McCarty.

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