Nicaragua 0 - USMNT 3

Joanna Estrada
July 16, 2017

The U.S. Men's National Team looks to finish atop 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B when it takes on Nicaragua in the Group Stage finale on Saturday, July 15.

Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe struck either side of halftime at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The hosts had the chance to put the game away four minutes into the second half after forward Dom Dwyer was ruled to have been taken down in the penalty area by Nicaragua's Marlon Lopez. The now tied atop the group with Panama after squeaking out a 3-2 win over Martinique on Wednesday in Tampa.

That saw United States of America avoid Costa Rica in the quarterfinals thanks to having scored more goals than Panama. Nicaragua was down to nine when Luis Peralta was carried off the field.

An opener always appeared to be coming for United States of America and it arrived nine minutes prior to half-time. Alejandro Bedoya found him in the box with a good pass, but Corona stalled, waiting too long to shoot. Dwyer's penalty, unfortunately for the USMNT, was saved.

Arroyo doubled the lead on the hour mark following another corner, and seven minutes later Torres made sure of the win. Without him in midfield, the USMNT struggled with their ball retention and build-up play, as Paul Arriola struggled to provide the same qualities as the man he replaced.

Another spot-kick followed for US after a Daniel Cadena handball and Corona stepped up, but Lorente got down low to his right to keep it out.

The eventual equalizer came by way of a free kick, following a sending off. Luis Copete picked up his second yellow card in the 85th minute for an elbow to substitute Juan Agudelo, and the Americans scored on the ensuing set piece.

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