The United States men's national team was expected to secure all three points in its Gold Cup opener against Panama on Saturday, but the Central Americans weren't having it. Panama, a consistent threat in recent Gold Cups, held the U.S. to a 1-1 draw in Nashville on Saturday in Group B.
After a scoreless first half, the U.S. got an early goal from Dom Dwyer, but Panama battled back and got an equalizer to split the points.
Dwyer's goal came in the 50th minute off a fine pass from Kelyn Rowe, with the recently naturalized citizen finishing well to the far post:
But just 10 minutes later, Panama equalized through this finish by Miguel Camargo.
It was an even match overall when it comes to possession and chances, but it felt all match long like Panama was the more dangerous side. The result is great for Panama and not that great for the U.S., but with a team of players that doesn't have a whole lot of chemistry just yet, hiccups were expected for the Americans.
This is a draw that doesn't really impact USA's chances of advancing too much, considering it will still play Nicaragua and Martinique, two teams that should give the U.S. little trouble.
The Americans return to action on July 12 against Martinique.
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