Prediction: United States vs Panama

But unlike years past, this Gold Cup falls just before World Cup qualifying in September and with many teams still fighting for a spot in Russian Federation, some countries won't feature their strongest lineups, especially the USA and Mexico. Saturday's match earned McCarty his eighth cap for the national team since his USA debut in 2009, and additionally marked his first-ever appearance in an official competition for the USMNT.

Dom Dwyer had given the American side the lead five minutes into the second half but Miguel Camarago equalised on the hour to earn an excellent point for Panama at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Despite getting just 10 touches in the first half, Dwyer was able to score a true poacher's goal, an instinctual swipe that beat the Panama keeper to give the USA a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.

The U.S. had won its previous 13 Gold Cup openers and dropped to 30-1-4 in Gold Cup group-stage play, with the lone defeat against Los Canaleros in 2011. Torres' blistering strike near the penalty spot was blocked by Guzan, but Camargo was first to the rebound and squeezed a low drive under Guzan to tie the match at 1-1. He set up Dwyer's goal, and played a role in some of the better attacking moments from the U.S.

Next up for the a Wednesday match against Martinique in Tampa, Florida. "I thought defensively we didn't do a good enough job getting pressure on the ball".

With matches remaining against Martinique and Nicaragua, the US should get at least four points before all is said and done.

Matches with Martinique and Nicaragua remain in group play, so the US shouldn't be in any danger of missing the knockout round. The 2017 edition separates 12 teams into three groups of four, with the top two finishers from each group and the two best third-placed teams qualifying for the quarterfinals.

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On an afternoon with temperatures in the high 80s, there was a hydration break in the first half and action slowed in the latter stages. Despite this, there are still some decent players who play on some popular clubs in Europe and the MLS on the national team.

United States of America will be buoyed by a partisan home crowd but if they don't score early then the pressure will build on this largely experimental team.

"The second goal is to try to find guys who will continue to be able to contribute to the team for World Cup qualifiers and eventually in the World Cup next year".

"We need to make sure we're better all around the pitch in closing guys down", USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. Despite the fact that the Martinique team still does not have the right to participate in the World Cup, but participates in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Bedoya replaces Paul Arriola at wide midfield and Gonzalez took over for Matt Hedges in central defense, paired with Matt Besler.

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber was on hand.

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