With the top two teams in the group advancing to the quarterfinals, the USA should be one of them.
If the United States only moved through as the second-place team in the group, it would play the victor of Group A. Costa Rica, a side that has given the Americans trouble in recent years, would most likely be that opponent, although Canada could usurp them depending on Friday night results.
Things nearly got very humiliating, however, as Martinique's all-time leading scorer, Kevin Parsemain, retaliated with two goals in 10 minutes.
The end-to-end flow continued, as Jordan Morris was thwarted by Martinique goalkeeper Kévin Olimpa just a minute later, the former Ligue 1 goalkeeper making four saves on the night.
Gabriel Torres then put Panama into the lead in the 57th minute.
It was one of those CONCACAF contests.
Though Arena and several of his players - Acosta used the most blunt terms - admitted their shortage of quality, an "on to the next one" mentality prevailed, and with some justification.
Martinique defender Jordy Delem is a teammate of US forward Jordan Morris and midfielder Cristian Roldan with Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC. In fact, the performances of most players have alternated between frigid and scalding, oftentimes in the same game.
Was it a C Team?
The United States edged minnows Martinique at the Gold Cup, avoiding a real embarrassment.
But that's not what happened. Their few opportunities fizzled in off-target shots and missed connections.
A viewing party will be held at a Kearny Mesa pub for Wednesday's telecasts of the U.S. -Martinique CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game. The goals began in the 53rd minute when Omar Gonzalez put in a rebound from a Paul Arriola shot.
An eventful, but scoreless first half led to a fruitful second interval as the sides tallied all five of the game's goals in the span of 23 minutes. Morrow deflected the shot, and it ricocheted off Guzan's goal before the goalkeeper scooped it up. Of those 13, a dozen have been won by either Mexico (seven) or the U.S.
Read on for the latest viewing details and a preview of the two matches to come from Denver on Thursday. But Arena did not call on the Sporting Kansas City striker. His performance against Martinique did not hurt his chances but probably didn't do enough.
Agudelo, in particular, seemed determined to produce a strike, often to the detriment of his teammates. Eastern, and lineups will be posted one hour before kickoff.
Omar Gonzalez and Morris had put US in control, but they were stunningly pegged back by a Kevin Parsemain double. The race went in the favor of Langil, who impressively left Hedges in the dust before sending an outwardly curling right-footed ball to a Parsemain racing toward the back post. Their final group-stage game comes Sunday against the now winless Nicaragua. The victor of the U.S.'s Group B gets to play the third-place team from either Group A or C in the quarterfinal.
None of that can be used as an excuse for this USA performance. Share your take in the Comments section below.
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