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USA vs PANAMA PREVIEW

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US SOCCER CHICAGO (July 7, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team begins is quest for a sixth confederation championship when it opens up the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup against tournament nemesis Panama on Saturday, July 8 in Nashville, Tenn. Coverage from Nissan Stadium begins at 3:30 p.m. CT on FOX, Univision and Univision Deportes Network. Fans can also follow the game live on Facebook and Twitter at @ussoccer and @ussoccer_esp.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Club; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 55/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0),Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 40/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 40/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 3/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 7/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 49/5)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 9/1), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 61/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 18/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 7/0), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 1/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 32/7)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 1/1), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 16/2)

GOLD CUP RIVALS
If there’s such a thing as a Gold Cup rivalry, the USA and Panama fall into the category. The two sides have met nine times in the tournament, and at least once in each of the last six competitions. The USA’s 5-1-3 edge in the tournament includes victories in the 2005 and 2013 Championship Final, but Panama has landed their blows as well. Los Canaleros handed the U.S. its only Group Stage defeat in the tournament, coming in a 2-1 win in 2011, and also bested the USA in the Third-Place Match during the 2015 edition. Across all competitions, the sides have played to three consecutive 1-1 draws, with the most recent result in a World Cup Qualifier in Panama City on March 28, 2017. Learn more about the USA’s long-running Gold Cup history vs. Panama.

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