Game Notes: Nicaragua v United States
USA players (pictured) celebrate after scoring against Martinique in a CONCACAF Gold Cup game on July 12, 2017, in Tampa, Florida, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)
Nicaragua United States
5Games Played69
1Goals For138
12Goals Against52
Match Officials
Referee - Melvin Matamoros (Honduras)
AR1 - Christian Ramirez (Honduras)
AR2 -  Ainsley Rochard (Trinidad & Tobago)
4th -Oscar Moncada (Honduras)
Nicaragua:  Carlos Chavarria
United States:   No
Single Caution
Nicaragua: No
United States: Justin Morrow
FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio, USA


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Panama 2, Nicaragua 1 … Carlos Chavarria’s strike from distance gave Nicaragua its first-ever Gold Cup goal. But their lead would last only 64

seconds in a game that left them still in search of their first-ever Gold Cup point

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 0-2 loss v Martinique; 1-2 loss v Panama (Carlos Chavarria 48’)

• Head Coach: Henry Duarte (since December of 2014) … has coached primarily at Costa Rican club level, most notably taking the reigns of Herediano for the 1997-98 season

• Gold Cup Appearances: 2 (2009, 2017) … Gold Cup Record: GP-5; W-0; D-0; L-5; GF-1; GA-12 …Best Finish: Group Stage-1 (2009)

• Top GC Scorers: Carlos Chavarria (1 goal) … Will be suspended for card accumulation v United States

• Qualification method: Winner Central American-Caribbean Gold Cup qualifying playoff, overcoming Haiti (agg: 4-3) … Juan Barrera scored three goals in a six-minute stretch late in

second half of second leg … 1st leg (March 24, 2017): Haiti 3, Nicaragua 1 (Carlos Chavarria 86’) … 2nd leg (March 28, 2017): Nicaragua 3, Haiti 0 (Juan Barrera 82’ pen, 86’, 88’) …

Barrera was sent off in second-half stoppage time of 2nd leg after receiving a second caution, leading to one-match ban served against Martinique

• Finished 5th in 2017 Copa Centroamericana (Record: W-1; D-1; L-3; GF-5; GA-6) … Results: 1-2 loss v Honduras, 1-2 loss v Panama, 0-0 draw v Costa Rica, 3-1 win v Belize, 1-0 loss

v El Salvador

• 2017 Copa Centroamericana scorers: Bryan Garcia (2 goals), Juan Barrera, Daniel Cadena (1)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Eliminated in third round of CONCACAF qualifying against Jamaica (agg 3-4) … Overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-6; W-5; D-0; L-1; GF-15, GA-5

• Top 2018 World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Raul Leguias, Carlos Chavarria (3 goals each)

• Barrera became first Nicaraguan to play in Europe in 2015, making appearances in both the domestic league and the UEFA Europa League for Austria’s Rheindorf Altach. … Barrera

made three appearances as a then-20-year-old substitute in the 2009 Gold Cup … Barrera scored for Real Esteli in a 1-1 draw against visiting Tigres in the 2012/13 Scotiabank

CONCACAF Champions League

• Defender Manuel Rosas has played in four editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League for Real Esteli (18 games/1 goal)

• Out of 23 players on roster, 18 play for Nicaraguan clubs, including nine for 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League entrant Real Esteli

• Suffered 0-2 defeat v Mexico in GC debut match on July 5, 2009, in what was only previous GC game against North American opposition

United States

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): United States 3, Martinique 2 … Jordan Morris connected for his first two career GC goals ... U.S. snapped a three-match GC winless stretch

despite giving back a two-goal lead … three-match winless was longest in team’s GC history

• 2017 Gold Cup Results: 1-1 draw v Panama (Dom Dwyer 50’); 3-2 win v Martinique (Omar Gonzalez 54’; Jordan Morries 64’, 76’)

• 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 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 … 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-69; W-52; D-9; L-8; GF-138; GA-52 … 69 games played and 52 wins are most Gold Cup history

• Best Finish: Champion-5 (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013) … last title: 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 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 (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 dating back to Italia ’90

• 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 and 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 20 consecutive Gold Cup matches, which is the longest active streak among 2017 GC entrants … Mexico owns longest such streak in tournament history,

scoring in 31 consecutive 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 largest margin

of defeat in Gold Cup history

• Morris’ brace ties him for the lead on the US’s current roster in career GC goals (Joe Corona, Jordan Morris, Omar Gonzalez 2 goals; Gyasi Zardes, Dom Dwyer 1) … Gonzalez has

never scored a senior international goal outside of GC play

• Has gone four straight matches without keeping clean sheet for first time in GC history … Had allowed a goal or more in three consecutive matches on three separate occasions prior to

current four-match streak … conceded two goals twice in last four GC games after allowing one or fewer in 10 previous outings

• Unbeaten in group finale matches (Record: GP-13; W-11; D-2; L-0; GF-21; GA-6) … kept a clean sheet in nine of 13 group finale games … shutout only once in group finale, 0-0 draw v

Costa Rica on July 12, 2005

• FC Dallas teammates Kelyn Acosta (3 goals), Matt Hedges (1), each scored in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) … Others with SCCL goals include:

Paul Arriola (2, Club Tijuana); Chris Pontius (3, D.C. United); Gyasi Zardes (1, LA Galaxy); Omar Gonzalez (2, LA Galaxy); Dom Dwyer (2, Sporting Kansas City)

• Omar Gonzalez won 2016/17 SCCL title with Pachuca & 2013 Gold Cup with USA … 4 all-time league titles (3, LA Galaxy, MLS; 1, Pachuca, Liga MX)

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