U.S., Panama wrangle to Gold Cup stalemate
Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup match between the USA and Panama (white jersey) on July 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (Photo: AFP)
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NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The United States and Panama played to a 1-1 draw in the opening match for each in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday in front of 47,622 fans at Nissan Stadium.

It marked the fourth straight time a match between the sides finished with the same score, including their last three Gold Cup meetings.

The United States broke the scoreless stalemate five minutes into the second half on Dom Dwyer’s second goal in as many appearances.

Kelyn Rowe received a throw-in and created space with a quality flick to himself.  The New England Revolution midfielder then played a low cross into the box, where Dwyer slotted left-footed the ball inside the right post from 10-yards out.

Five minutes after Gabriel Torres was denied by United States goalkeeper Brad Guzan from the edge of the six-yard box, Miguel Camargo found the equalizer on the hour mark.

Again the Atlanta United goalkeeper robbed Torres from close range, but this time Camargo took the rebound off his chest and the New York City FC midfielder clinically scored inside the far post.

Panama goalkeeper Jose Calderon was sharp in the first half, parrying away attempts by Rowe and Kellyn Acosta.

The Panamanians had two quality chances in the opening 45 minutes, but Guzan got a piece of Camargo’s attempt destined for the far post in the 27th minute and Ismael Diaz didn’t miss by much deep into first-half stoppage time.  

Next up on July 12: At Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Panama meets Central American rival Nicaragua and the U.S. will meet Martinique.

United States v Panama
United States v Panama, July 8, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
United States v Panama
United States v Panama, July 8, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
United States v Panama
United States v Panama, July 8, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
United States v Panama
United States v Panama, July 8, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
United States v Panama
United States v Panama, July 8, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
United States v Panama
United States v Panama, July 8, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
United States v Panama
United States v Panama, July 8, 2017. (Photos: AFP)