Panama vs. USA
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 26, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Children's Mercy Park
Kansas City, Kansas
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The US Men’s National Soccer team will play against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The USMNT have played two games in the Gold Cup and remain with a perfect record. The USMNT have secured a spot in the quarterfinals so this match will be a good chance for the team to secure the top spot to ensure an easier knockout match.
In their previous outing, the United States had a big win in the previous match as they defeated Trinidad and Tobago 6-0. It was a dominant display as the USA had 67% of the ball and 12 shots on target. Aaron Long and Gyasi Zardes were both outstanding as both players scored 2 goals. Christian Pulisic and Paul Arriola both scored for the USA also. The USA have scored 10 goals and have not conceded in this entire tournament. Considering the tournament is being played on home soil, the USA will be very tough to stop.
On the other side of the coin, Panama have also won both of their games and also have 6 points.
In their previous outing, Panama defeated Guyana 4-2. It was a solid display by Panama as they controlled 54% of the possession and had 19 shots. Panama had 4 different goalscorers which is a positive since it shows that the team is in good form. Panama have been dominant in both games and have done enough to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. This will be Panama’s toughest group stage match but considering their form leading into the fixture, they will be optimistic about their chances.
Panama and the USA are tied on points but the USA leads on goal difference. Panama must win this match to top the group while a draw will be enough for the USA.
While Panama have been outstanding in this tournament, I see them losing this match. The USA have been in much stronger form and have more depth in their squad. In addition to that, the USA have the advantage of playing at home. With all that in mind, I see the USA taking the 3 points and topping the group.