If the same team wins both Gold Cups, they automatically advance to the Confederations Cup, so a win for the USMNT in this tournament would be a major step toward qualification.
Chances were hard to come by, but Panama was finding space down the right flank, twice sending in crosses that tested the USA defense in the opening 25 minutes. "It helps us answer some questions we had about certain players". "It's frustrating. It's disappointing".
The home side took the lead after 50 minutes when Dwyer, who was only granted USA citizenship in March, got his second goal on his second appearance.
Dwyer was the recipient of set-up by Kelyn Rowe from the left corner.
With the goal in his US debut last week, Dwyer and his spouse Sydney Leroux became the first husband-and-wife duo to each score for the USA.
Canada made five changes to the starting side that beat Curacao in its most recent outing, including handing Lucas Cavallini a start up front.
"It didn't really quite happen the way we wanted but I saw glimpses of what I want from this team". "That lapse of concentration, the heat that affected our mentality, whatever it was, that can't happen". Each of the last three games has ended in a 1-1 tie, including a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier March 28.
"It's a good roster with a nice blend of experienced, veteran players and a good group of newcomers as well", Arena said.
Three teams have automatically qualified for the Gold Cup since 2003, regardless of their standing in CONCACAF. We turned the ball over way too much in midfield.
Next up for the U.S.is a Wednesday match against Martinique in Tampa, Fla.
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Then there's the younger crop, headlined by FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta (21) and Seattle Sounders midfielder Christian Roldan (23), who could become the faces of the USA midfield once Bradley is out of the picture. In their stead are domestic players desperate for a spot on USMNT, including a few MLS stars like Dax McCarty and Dom Dwyer.
On an afternoon with temperatures in the high 80s, there was a hydration break in the first half and action slowed in the latter stages.
Although the majority of the top soccer leagues around the world are now in the offseason, there are important matches taking place on the worldwide stage.
"I think the weather played an impact in the 70th on, just because it was so hot, so humid", Rowe said.
Most people see it as a cash grab by CONCACAF but it's a good thing. He also scored against Chile a year ago in the Copa America at Philadelphia.
Panama responded well to falling behind and should have been level when Diaz somehow blazed over from a yard out after Gabriel Torres's header had been saved by Guzan.
"Panama's a good team", Guzan said.
Alejandro Bedoya and Gonzalez started in place of Arriola and Matt Hedges.
Having made his global debut way back in 2009, Saturday's start marked the first match in official competition for Dax McCarty.
Eight of the Americans starters come from Major League Soccer, and five entered with fewer than 10 global appearances.
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