By giving the shoo-ins a rest and letting these marginal players get a long run in tournament play, he can identify which players can help the Americans at Russian Federation 2018 and which ones can't, while still competing for the title.
Panama enter the Gold Cup with a bit of confidence. That was thanks to Los Canaleros in 2011. "We turned the ball over way too much and didn't do a good job establishing a rhythm, getting our team more involved in the game".
The U.S. will face their toughest group opponent in the opener against Panama.
However, the lead did not last for Team USA. The U.S. fans will be expecting a sixth Gold Cup on home soil. Panama certainly didn't field their strongest team either. We're not going to be allowed to have peaks and valleys during the year. That gives these MLS players a chance to make their mark not only on Bruce Arena, but on American soccer history.
It marked the first time the USA had failed to win their first match at the Gold Cup, which they have lifted on five occasions.
Canada have had a hard time in recent years, but actually have some talent on their roster this year. Along with Kellyn Acosta, he was one of the few players driving the USA forward into attack for most of the match. Octavio Zambrano made a decision to bring an inexperienced squad to the Gold Cup. San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy, Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper and Atletico Bucaramanga midfielder Gabriel Gomez all have in excess of 58 caps. The Americans warmed up for their tournament - which will kick off against Panama on Saturday - with a 2-1 friendly victory over Ghana last weekend. A showdown with the United States at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on July 26th is highly likely.
With matches remaining against Martinique and Nicaragua, the USA should get at least four points before all is said and done.
When I was 16, I was sitting through Chemistry class, or playing video games. "Hopefully, we'll get a win there and position ourselves to move on past the group stage". Martinique have not won a game since last October, while Nicaragua have lost five of their last seven matches. Living up to his club form, Dwyer scored a goal in his worldwide debut against Ghana in a July 1 friendly.
The attack of Canada is shown threatening from the start of the duel. "So at my age, I feel like I can bridge the gap and make it more comfortable for these guys", he said, from NY. I think that the Canadians with more experienced players will win in the Saturday game, with another outcome about leaving the group, they will not be able to dream mono.
With the chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup greatly improved, the U.S. Men's national soccer team turns its attention toward the next challenge.