Kansas City, KS (SportsNetwork.com) – The United States concluded Group A play at the Gold Cup on Monday with a 1-1 draw against Panama to finish on top of the group.
The Americans had already clinched the top spot in Group A prior to Monday’s match, and after a sloppy first half that saw the team fall behind to a 34th- minute goal from Blas Perez, Michael Bradley equalized 10 minutes after the break to level the contest.
Jurgen Klinsmann’s side will next face a third-place team from Group B or C on Saturday in the quarterfinals, while Panama must wait to see if it can advance as a third-place side from Group A.
Panama took advantage of a sluggish U.S. team in the opening 45 minutes and Luis Tejada beat defender Ventura Alvarado and set up a close-range finish for Perez to put his team in front.
The U.S. offered up a much better second half and Bradley put the team back on level terms in the 55th when he redirected a driven ball from Alejandro Bedoya into the net from six yards after a good build up involving Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes.
Each team then had a good opportunity to win the game as Panama’s Miguel Camargo was denied at close range by a nice stop from goalkeeper Brad Guzan, while, while Kyle Beckerman sent a long-range effort whistling inches past the right post 12 minutes from time for the Americans.