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Panama holds US 1-1 in Gold Cup opener

USA vs Panama 1-1

United States opened their CONCACAF Gold Cup with a thrilling 1-1 draw with Panama in the packed Nissan Stadium in Tennessee.

The USMNT scored the opener in the 50th minute when Dom Dwyer drilled home from close range, converting Kelyn Rowe’s cross from a tight space.

Panama cancelled 10 minutes later, when Miguel Carmago chested down a rebound then smartly sent the ball to the back of the net.

It is the fourth straight time that the pair played to a 1-1 draw, including in their last three meetings in past Gold Cups.

Panama chased USMNT throughout the first half but took their feet off the pedal in the second, allowing Rowe to create space from himself and find Dwyer 10-yards away from the goal, and the Sporting KC forward duly scored the opener.

But the Panamanians cranked up a notch after that goal, though the former Colorado striker Gabriel Torres saw his effort parried by former Premier League goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 55th minute.

Guzan once again denied Torres on the hour-mark, but that time, Camargo was in range to get the bounce, and the New York City midfielder put a clinical finish on the rebound to level the game.

With the draw, US and Panama earn a point each in Group B, where they are two points behind early surprise leaders Martinique, who beat Nicaragua 2-0 in their opener.

Canada and Costa Rica are co-leaders in Group A, after the Canadians beat French Guyana 4-2 and Costa Rica defeated Honduras 1-0.

In Group C, Mexico moved top after cruising past El Salvador 3-1, while Jamaica are in second place after beating Curacao 2-0.

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