USA to inch closer to title defense

USA to inch closer to title defense

USA is meeting Panama for the semi-finals match of the Gold Cup, with aims to inch closer to defend their title in the contest. Additionally, this will be USA‘s fourth consecutive finals appearance in the Gold Cup, if they are lucky to escape Panama. On the other hand, Panama is aiming to bring their good run in the contest to qualify in the finals. If they are fortunate to escape the might of the defending champions and enter the finals, it will be their third final appearance in the contest. This meeting will be the 26th meeting between USA and Panama, with USA dominating their meetings. USA have won 18 meetings, as opposed to Panama‘s three, while the remaining four matches ended in draw. This meeting will be on July 13, 2023, at 7:30 AM (GMT+8), with USA hosting Panama.


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USA has been nothing but a powerhouse team when it comes to the Gold Cup, being the defending champions from the previous edition. In fact, USA is the second most successful team in the Gold Cup after Mexico, earning seven titles. Coming into this game, this squad is in a three-game winning streak, and have remained undefeated in their last 10 matches across all contests. In the quarterfinals, USA met Canada, where they came out victorious due to penalties. It was a 2-2 draw, but Matt Turner’s saves made it possible for USA to bag the victory. Including their win against Canada, USA have now won five of their last six matches in the contest. Moreover, this squad is also the highest-scoring squad in the Gold Cup, as they had 15 successful goals. Playing in the Gold Cup is not a problem for them since historically, they are performing brilliantly in the contest.

Due to a knee injury against Canada, Jelan Neal is a doubt coming into this match. However, despite his absence, there are other members of the squad who would step-up for them. Matt Turner, who saved the day for USA, is expected to do the same here defensively. Moreover, Jesus Ferreira will continue to provide goals for USA.


CONCACAF Gold Cup: Panama
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Panama on the other hand is also a team who is doing really well in the contest, finishing their group at the top. However, going against USA is a tougher assignment for them, considering how talented their opponent is. In the quarterfinals, they met Qatar in a comfortable 4-0 win, warning them a qualification here. On that match, it was Yoel Barcenas, and Ismael Diaz who made the win possible for Panama. This is just the fourth semi-finals appearance of Panama in their history, where they last entered the semi-finals stage in 2015. Moreover, Panama already had two finals appearance, and are now aiming to get their third appearance with a win here. However, from their last 25 matches, Panama only had one clean sheet, which does not work in their favor. Fortunately though, they are in a winning run, winning three of their last four games in the contest. As they are going against a powerhouse team in this match, expect this team to go all-out.

There are some changes made for the starting line for Panama. Yoel Barcenas, and Ismael Diaz who both scored on their last match is expected to lead Panama in this match. This squad will be giving their all in this match, as they no longer want the same nightmare against USA.


USA (2.5)
Odds: -0.90

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