Can Jordan Morris and the USMNT get past Nicaragua?


In the final game of Group B action at the 2017 Gold Cup, the US men's national team put together a much-improved performance in a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua.

Panama advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals with a resounding 3-0 victory over Martinique on Saturday in Cleveland. Panama's 3-0 shutout of Martinique in the early game meant the USMNT started knowing they would need the three points and three goals to take 1st-place.

Rowe, who earned his first US cap earlier this month, tallied in the 56th minute on short pass from Boston College alum Alejandro Bedoya inside the box.

Panama and the USMNT were tied in goal differential after two matches, but the USA had the lead because of a goals-scored tiebreaker. Panama forced a 1-1 draw in the first game of group play for both teams when Miguel Camargo scored in the 60th minute. In the 56th minute, Zusi forced an errant pass that Bedoya intercepted and played to Dwyer.

Shortly after the restart, Dom Dwyer earned a penalty for the U.S., but his subsequent spot kick was blocked by Nicaragua goalkeeper Justo Lorente. The New England Revolution midfielder made no mistake, beating Lorente to the near post.

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The U.S. MNT will now wait for the final Group C matches to conclude before learning their quarterfinal opponent. Arena can also make up to six changes to his roster with players on the preliminary roster being added to the mix.

But the second goal came just seven minutes later, with Bedoya providing the assist once again.

Matt Miazga's goal off a Graham Zusi free kick in the 87th minute secured the necessary goal differential to win the group.

Four minutes into the second half Dwyer was yanked down in the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot.