CLEVELAND, Ohio – In their only previous CONCACAF Gold Cup meeting, a successfully converted penalty kick by Gabriel Torres (85’) gave Panama a narrow 1-0 win over Martinique in 2013.
With their 2017 Gold Cup fates on the line, they’ll meet again Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium in the last Group B game for each. It is a tight race with only one of the sides – Nicaragua – eliminated from contention.
The United States and Panama top the table on four points each, but the Americans hold an advantage in the most goals scored tiebreaker. Martinique trails by a single point.
If the U.S. and Panama draw in their respective matches, they will both progress to the quarterfinals. If that happens, Martinique will be hoping that El Salvador falls tomorrow to Jamaica, in order to advance as one of the two best third-place teams.
Here are some storylines to watch:
- If it’s a draw that Panama needs, the Canaleros have been experts in seizing single points in Gold Cup play. Six of their last eight games in the competition have ended in a draw.
- Gabriel Torres scored for Panama against Martinique in the 2003 Gold Cup. Can he do it again? The forward was on target in Wednesday’s 2-1 over Nicaragua?
- Can Martinique advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals for the second time in five attempts?
- Martinique striker Kevin Parsemain is sitting on a team-record, three-game scoring streak in the Gold Cup. Is another goal in the cards for the 2017 edition’s joint-top scorer?