Game Notes: United States v Martinique
Matt Besler (pictured) started for the USA in its draw with Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (Photo: AFP)
United States Martinique
68Games Played12
135Goals For9
50Goals Against24
Match Officials
Referee - Henry Bejarano (Costa Rica)
AR1 -  Carlos Fernandez (Costa Rica)
AR2 -  Geovany Garcia (El Salvador)
4th -Juan Gabriel Calderon (Costa Rica)
Unite States:  No
Martinique:   No
Single Caution
United States: No
Martinique: Antoine Jean-Baptiste, Sebastien Cretinoir, JeanManuel Nedra, Yoann Arquin
Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida, USA

United States

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): United States 1, Panama 1 … Dom Dwyer scored his second goal in as matches for the United States, but the Americans were held to a draw for a

third consecutive time against Panama in GC play … result marked first time in 14 attempts the U.S. did not win a group opener

• 2017 Gold Cup Results: 1-1 draw v Panama (Dom Dwyer 50’)

• Head Coach: Bruce Arena (since November 2016) … Arena began his second stint in charge of the U.S. in November 2016, when he took over from Jurgen Klinsmann after a pair of

losses to open fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup … previously managed the side from 1998-2006, guiding U.S. to 2002 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals &

two GC titles (2002, 2005) … also won five MLS Cups as a manager with D.C. United (2) and the LA Galaxy (3)

• Qualification method: automatic North American entrant … Gold Cup Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

• Gold Cup Record: GP-68; W-51; D-9; L-8; GF-135; GA-50 … 68 games played and 51 wins are most Gold Cup history

• Best Finish: Champion-5 (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) … defeated Panama (1-0) in 2013 final (Brek Shea 69’) … five titles are second-most in Gold Cup history behind Mexico’s 7 …

competed in a tournament record nine Gold Cup finals

• Top GC Scorer: Landon Donovan (18 goals) … Donovan is competition’s all-time leading scorer, six ahead of Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves and the USA’s Clint Dempsey

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (WCQ): currently sits in third in fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying (GP-6; W-2; D-2; L-2; GF-11, GA-8) … overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-12; W-6,

D-3, L-3; GF-31, GA-11 … seeking 8th consecutive World Cup Finals appearance

• 2018 FIFA WCQ, CONCACAF fifth round results: 0-2 loss v Mexico (H), 0-4 loss v Costa Rica (A), 6-0 win v Honduras (H), 1-1 draw v Panama (A), 2-0 win v Trinidad & Tobago (H), 1-1

draw v Mexico (A) … Remaining fifth-round matches: Costa Rica (H); Honduras (A); Panama (H); Trinidad & Tobago (A)

• Scored at least one goal in 19 consecutive GC matches, which is the longest-active streak among 2017 GC entrants … Mexico owns longest streak in tournament history, scoring in 31

straight games dating back to 2003 before a 0-0 draw v Guatemala on July 12, 2015 … last shutout in 5-0 loss to Mexico in 2009 final, which was USA’s worst margin of defeat in GC

• Currently riding three-game GC winless streak, longest in team history … record for longest-ever GC winless streak by a past champion is held by Canada, which went winless in seven

consecutive matches before their 4-2 victory over French Guiana on July 7 to open Group A

• With his goal against Panama, Dom Dwyer became just the fourth player on the United States’ current tournament roster to have scored a GC goal … Joe Corona (2); Gyasi Zardes,

Omar Gonzalez (1)

• Scored 1 goal in each of last three GC games … last five GC goals scored in 2nd half … 4W-0D-0L in games following a draw in same GC edition

• GC Record against Caribbean opposition: GP 19; W-17; D-1; L-1; GF-50; GA-10 … faced 18 consecutive Caribbean sides without defeat before 1-2 loss v Jamaica in 2015 GC

semifinals … scored an average of 2.63 goals per GC match against Caribbean teams, and 1.73 against all other foes combined

• Previous GC meeting v Martinique: 2-0 win on July 14, 2003, in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Brian McBride 39’, 43’)


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup: Martinique 2, Nicaragua 0 … Kevin Parsemain and Steeven Langil scored on either side of halftime to help Martinique its second victory in as many

group openers and take the outright lead in GC group play for the first time in team history

• 2017 Gold Cup Results: 2-0 win v Nicaragua (Kevin Parsemain 35’, Steeven Langil 66’)

• Head Coach: Jean-Marc Civault (since September 2016)

• Qualification method: 4th place, 2017 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup … Gold Cup appearances: 5 (1993, 2002, 2003, 2013, 2017) … Gold Cup Record: GP-12; W-3; D-2; L-7;

GF-9; GA-24

• Best finish: Quarterfinals-1 (2002) … fell on penalties (5:6) to Canada after playing to a 1-1 draw (own-goal 63’) … advanced out of group thanks to first-ever Gold Cup win, 1-0 over

Trinidad & Tobago (Patrick Percin 51’)

• Top GC Scorer: Kevin Parsemain (2 goals) … with goal against Nicaragua, became first player from Martinique to score in multiple GC tournaments

• 2016/17 Caribbean Cup results: (1st Round) 3-0 home win v British Virgin Islands, 4-1 away win v Dominica; (2nd Round) 2-0 home win v Guadeloupe, 4-0 away win v Dominica; (3rd

Round) 2-1 away win v Dominican Republic; 2-0 home win aet v Trinidad & Tobago; (Semifinals) 1-2 home loss v Curacao: (3rd Place) 0-1 home loss v French Guiana … Overall record:

W-6; D-0; L-2; GF-18; GA-5

• 2016/17 Caribbean Cup scorers: Steeven Langil (4 goals); Yoann Arquin (3); Kevin Parsemain (2); Stephane Abaul, Johan Audel, Jean-Sylvain Babin, Mathias Coreur, Jordy Delem,

Bruno Grougi, Daniel Herelle, Antoine Jean-Baptiste (1)

• Posted shutouts in two of last four GC matches after keeping just one in first eight

• Scored multiple goals for second time in GC play with 2-0 win v Nicaragua … victory also helped Martinique avoid first three-match GC losing streak in team history … attempting to win

consecutive GC matches for first time

• One of two 2017 GC entrants, along with French Guiana, that competes in CONCACAF competitions, but is not a FIFA member

• GC Record against North American opposition: GP-6; W-1; D-1; L-4; GF-5; GA-17 … lone win and draw both came against Canada

• Lost 9-0 to Mexico on July 11, 1993 in Gold Cup debut, a match that remains the most lopsided result in tournament history … conceded more goals in 1993 edition (14) than in

remaining four appearances combined (10)

• Johan Audel has one goal in two career UEFA Champions League games … scored for Lille in 1-0 away win over Rabotnicki on August 23, 2006

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