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USA vs. Panama, Gold Cup Group B: time, TV channel, and how to watch online

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The USMNT opens Gold Cup play with their toughest match, followed by the rest of Group B

Jamaica v United States
Jordan Morris looks to split the defense.
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Three Big Storylines:

  1. The USMNT starts group play with easily their toughest opponent in the group stage in Panama. Expect Bruce Arena to go with mostly the same starting XI that beat Ghana 2-1 last weekend. Dom Dwyer was active and scored in his debut for his new country but the Sporting Kansas City striker generated enough chances that it could be said he could have done more to solidify a starting spot. Kellyn Acosta looks to be locking down his hold as a first team starter in the middle of the field for not only the Gold Cup but the upcoming World Cup qualifiers as well.
  2. Panama have had recent success in the Gold Cup making the semi-finals or better in each of the last three tournaments. In 2015 they finished third, beating the USA on penalty kicks in the consolation game and also drawing against the USMNT in the group stage. In 2013 Panama were the runners up to the USMNT knocking Mexico out in the semi-finals and in 2011 they topped Group C behind a 2-1 win over the USMNT before losing in the semi-finals 1-0 to the USA after a 76th minute Clint Dempsey goal proved to be the winner.
  3. With the best two third place teams from the group stage of the Gold Cup advancing to the knockout rounds and the United States and Panama widely expected to advance in the top two spots from Group B, today’s second game of the double header featuring Martinique v Nicaragua will be a high stakes match. With fans filing out of Nissan Stadium after the featured match, it will be up to the respective teams to bring energy to what is likely their most important match of the Gold Cup. Nicaragua was essentially out of the Gold Cup before the tournament started. They were down 3-1 on aggregate to Haiti for the last qualification spot in the 81st minute of the return leg playoff. Nicaragua proceeded to score three goals in the closing minutes to clinch their Gold Cup spot and knock out Haiti.

From a Sounders Point of View:

Last week when the USMNT played their warm up match against Ghana, your author talked about how Cristian Roldan is poised to possibly take the next step and how the Gold Cup traditionally provides a stepping stone for someone not in a predicted World Cup 23-man roster to make the leap to that roster. Everything said last week still applies as we open the Gold Cup, but unfortunately Roldan was an unused substitute on Saturday and has yet to be given that chance to take.

Jordan Morris came on for Dom Dwyer in the 76th minute and immediately made a positive impact running at players and stretching a tired defense. Morris should have had an assist to Alejandro Bedoya off a beautiful left footed cross but the Ghanaian keeper made a spectacular save. Look for Morris to continue his role as late game substitute running at a tired defense.

Martinique features current Sounder Jordy Delem and their all time leading goal scorer is former Sounder Kevin Parsemain.

Roman Torres was not called in by Panama and is still with the Sounders.

National TV Listings:

USMNT v Panama

Date/Time: Saturday, 1:30 PM

Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

TV: FOX, Univision & Univision Deportes

Streaming: Fox Sports Go & Univision Deportes

Martinique v Nicaragua

Date/Time: Saturday, 4:00 PM

Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

TV: FS2 & Univision Deportes

Streaming: Fox Sports Go & Univision Deportes

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