Panama cruises past Martinique to reach Gold Cup quarterfinals

Gold Cup U.S. Soccer Bruce Arena

Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey are among the six additions to the U.S. Gold Cup roster

Following a 1-1 draw with Panama in its opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the United States of America utilized second-half goals from Omar Gonzalez (53') and Jordan Morris (64') to run out to a 2-0 lead against Martinique on Wednesday, only to have the Caribbean island pull level within 10 minutes.

The US national team concluded Group B play at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua on Saturday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, clinching the group win with a late goal by defender Matt Miazga.

Bruce Arena, whose team had already booked a last-eight spot, opted to field a completely different starting XI than the one that edged Martinique 3-2. So instead of having to face a hard opponent in Costa Rica in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, the USA will now play one of the third-place teams that advance.

The U.S. finally broke through, scoring in the 37th minute.

However, Dom Dwyer and Corona saw second-half spot-kicks saved and United States of America appeared set to finish second to Panama in Group B. Joe Corona was at the penalty spot in the 63rd minute, but Nicaragua goalkeeper Justo Lorente came up with another save. It again was Bedoya setting up the score with an assist.

Arroyo doubled the lead on the hour mark following another corner, and seven minutes later Torres made sure of the win. The US got another chance at a penalty after that, with Corona stepping up to take the second attempt, but Lorente blocked that as well.

The U.S. had a two-man advantage when Zusi took his free kick from about 30 yards because Luis Copete was ejected in the 86th minute for his second yellow card and Luis Galeano was receiving treatment for an injury.

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