Game Notes: United States v Panama
Action from the last CONCACAF Gold Cup match between the USA (white jersey) and Panama on July 25, 2015, in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Mexsport)
67Games Played34
134Goals For47
49Goals Against43

Match Officials

Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (Mexico)
4th Official: Roberto Garcia (Mexico)


United States: none
Panama: none

Single Caution

United States: none
United States: none

Nissan Stadium –Nashville, Tennessee, USA
July 8, 2017 –4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local)


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup: United States 1, Panama 1, 2:3 pens (July 26, 2015) … After a semifinal defeat to Jamaica, the U.S. and Panama played to a draw for a second time in the 2015 edition thanks Clint Dempsey’s 70th-minute equalizer. The Americans, however, fell on penalties to finish fourth in the tournament, their worst finish since going down to guest entrant Colombia --also on penalties --in the 2000 quarterfinals

• 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 JurgenKlinsmann after a pair of losses to open the fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup … previously managed the side from 1998-2006, helping the U.S. to the 2002 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 … also won five MLS Cups as a manager with D.C. United (2) and the LA Galaxy (3)

• Qualification method: automatic North American entrant

• Previous Gold Cup Appearances: 13 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

• Gold Cup Record: GP-67; W-51; D-8; L-8; GF-134; GA-49 … 67 games played and 51 wins are most Gold Cup history … Averaging exactly 2.00 goals per game in Gold Cup

• Best Finish: Champion-5 (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) … defeated Panama (1-0) in 2013 final (BrekShea 69’) … five titles are second-most in Gold Cup history behind Mexico’s 7 … competed in nine Gold Cup finals
• Top GC Scorer: Landon Donovan (18 goals) … Donovan is tournament’s all-time leading scorer, six ahead of Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves and the USA’s Clint Dempsey

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: currently sits in third in fifth round of CONCACAF qualifying (GP-6; W-2; D-2; L-2; GF-11, GA-8) … Remaining fifth-round matches: Costa Rica (H); Honduras (A); Panama (H); Trinidad &Tobago (A) … overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-12; W-6, D-3, L-3; GF-31, GA-11 … seeking 8th consecutive World Cup Finals appearance dating back to Italia ‘90

• Scored at least one goal in 18 consecutive Gold Cup matches … last shutout in 5-0 loss to Mexico in 2009 final, which was USA’s worst margin of defeat in Gold Cup history

• Currently riding two-game GC winless streak, longest in team history

• Record against Central American opposition: GP-32; W-26; D-5; L-1; GF-65; GA-17 … only GC group-stage loss came against Panama, 2-1, on June 11, 2011

• Has won all 13 previous group openers, recording clean sheets in eight … complete record in openers: GP-13; W-13-D-0; L-0; GF-35; GA-6 … Averaging 2.69 goals per game in openers (1.83 in all other matches)


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup: United States 1, Panama 1, 2-3 pens (July 26, 2015) … Roberto Nurse gave Panama 1-0 lead in 55th minute of match for third place … after Clint Dempsey (70’) equalized, game went to penalty kicks, where Roman Torres, Abdiel Arroyo and Harold Cummings all converted from the spot to help Panama prevail in first GC third place match held since 2003. … also marked a second consecutive GC in which Panama finished ahead of either the U.S. or Mexico

• Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez (since February 2014) … an experienced international coach who has managed his native Colombia twice, as well as Ecuador and Guatemala … took Ecuador to the 2002 World Cup finals

• Qualification method: 2nd place, Copa Centroamericana(Record: GP-5; W-3; D-1; L-1; GF-4; GA-2) … tournament held at the EstadioRommel Fernandez in Panama City

• 2017 Copa Centroamericanaresults (round robin): 0-0 draw v Belize, 2-1 win v Nicaragua, 0-1 loss v Honduras, 1-0 win v El Salvador, 1-0 win v Costa Rica

• 2017 Copa Centroamericanascorers: Abdiel Arroyo, Armando Cooper, Roderick Millier, JosielNunez (1 goal)

• Previous Gold Cup Appearances: 7 (1993, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)

• Gold Cup Record: GP-34; W-10; D-14; L-10; GF-47; GA-43

• Best Finish: Runners up-2 (2005, 2013) … fell to U.S. in 2005 final, 1:3 on penalties, after a 0-0 … lost to U.S. in 2013 final, 1-0, on a BrekShea goal (69’)

• Top GC Scorers: Blas Perez (11 goals), Luis Tejada (10 goals) … neither Perez (36-years-old) nor Tejada (35) are on this year’s roster after both featured during the 2015 tournament

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: currently sits in fourth in CONCACAF fifth round (GP-6; W-1; D-4; L-1; GF-4, GA-4) … Remaining fifth-round matches: Mexico (A); Trinidad & Tobago (H); United States (A); Costa Rica (H) … overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-12; W-4, D-5, L-3; GF-11, GA-9 … seeking first-ever World Cup finals berth … would qualify for an inter-confederation playoff with a fourth-place finish

• Finished third in 2015 GC without winning any of six games, posting an overall record of 0W-5D-1L

• Only Central American team ever to earn a Gold Cup victory over the United States … defeated U.S., 2-1, on June 11, 2011, in group play (own goal 19’, Gabriel Gomez 36’ pen.) … lost 1-0 to U.S. in 2011 semifinals … Record against North American opposition: GP-16; W-3; D-6; L7; GF-14; GA-18 … has neither scored nor conceded more than two goals in any match against U.S., Mexico or Canada

• Record in group openers: GP-7; W-4; D-1; L-2; GF-12; GA-13 … never failed to score in a group-opening match … all four victories in openers have come by one goal

• With five goals, forward Gabriel Torres was joint-top scorer in 2013 GC with Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski(both USA)

• Scored 1 goal in each of last six GC games … conceded at least one goal in last nine GC outings

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