Camargo equaliser denies Gold Cup hosts USA

Sheri Evans
July 10, 2017

Next up for the U.S.is a Wednesday match against Martinique in Tampa, Florida.

While few will be begging Arena to place Guzan ahead of Tim Howard, it's good to be reminded that the IL 'keep has star performances in his locker. "We want to continue to build on what we started in January and improve the program". "We knew Panama would give us a tough game, and they certainly did. We have to be fairly consistent".

Canada recorded an entertaining 4-2 win over French Guyana in the opening game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Midfielder Dax McCarty made his first competitive appearance after playing in nine exhibition games since 2009. It's hard to remember a better 60-minute stretch from the men's team, and if this was at all indicative of the style of play and type of soccer that Canada will play under Zambrano in the future, well, God bless him!

"It's a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well", Arena said. "That's challenging. We're hopeful we can get some good results".

The long list of key men who didn't make the squad include Michael Bradley, Tim Howard, Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore, Bobby Wood and Clint Dempsey.

Per tournament rules, teams can make up to six changes to the roster after the end of the Group Stage. The shorter nature of the Gold Cup, four team groups then single elimination quarterfinals, semifinals and final means upsets are much more possible. But the USA had frequent defensive lapses and appeared to lack the cohesion needed against better competition such as Panama.

The United States will meet Martinique on July 12 and Panama play Nicaragua the same day.

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Canada returns to action on July 11 against Group A favorites Costa Rica, while French Guiana will try to find a first point against Honduras.

So maybe we were too quick to anoint Kellyn Acosta as the ready-for-primetime option who could step into the USA full-strength squad at the age of 21. We point this out because that duo looked pretty darn good a week ago against Ghana, the sort of thing that can happen when chemistry is growing and one of those players turns 22 in a fortnight.

Dynamo forward Erick Torres was named to Mexico's team as an injury substitution.

Toyota is a first-time sponsor of the Gold Cup and CONCACAF.

Defending champions Mexico will begin their title defence on Sunday in San Diego, versus El Salvador as the second match of a doubleheader.

While you can argue nations like Mexico and the USA (who also always host, more on that later) would qualify no matter what, the same cannot be said for Canada, who are regularly outranked by the likes of Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica and Panama.

Los Catrachos have struggled in World Cup qualifying, but should do enough to progress in second place. Jamaica lost to Mexico in the final of the 2015 Gold Cup. "It's not just the senior team but the whole mindset of how Canada is preparing for big tournaments and where the resources are placed and where the priorities lie". "I think that's critically important".

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