U.S. held to 1-1 draw by Panama

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Steve Megargee

NASHVILLE, TENN.» Dom Dwyer scored for the sec­ond straight game but Miguel Ca­margo’s goal gave Panama a 1-1 tie Satur­day against the United States, the first time the Amer­i­cans failed to win their opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After scor­ing in his U.S. de­but last week­end against Ghana, the Eng­land-born Dwyer put the Amer­i­cans ahead in the 50th minute with a left-footed shot from 9 yards that went in off the far post. Dwyer, the hus­band of U.S. women’s team for­ward Syd­ney Ler­oux, ran onto a cross from Ke­lyn Rowe fol­low­ing a throw-in.

Panama put on im­me­di­ate pressure, and Ca­margo sent a re­bound past the out­stretched right hand of Brad Guzan in the 60th minute af- ter the goal­keeper saved an ini­tial shot by Gabriel Tor­res that fol­lowed Edgar Barce­nas’ cross.

The U.S. had won its pre­vi­ous 13 Gold Cup open­ers and dropped to 30-1-4 in Gold Cup group-stage play, with the lone de­feat against Los Canaleros in 2011. The last four matches be­tween the na­tions have ended in 1-1 ties.

“We didn’t play well on the day,” U.S. coach Bruce Arena said. “We didn’t deal well with their pressure, es­pe­cially in the mid­field.”

Next up for Team USA is a Wed­nes­day match against Mar­tinique in Tampa, Fla. The Amer­i­cans fin­ish group play next Satur­day against Nicaragua in Cleve­land.

The U.S. is not us­ing most of its top play­ers in the 12-team tour­na­ment, pre­fer­ring to test its ju­nior varsity be­fore World Cup qual­i­fy­ing re­sumes in Septem­ber.

Mark Humphrey, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Team USA’S Dom Dwyer cel­e­brates Satur­day after scor­ing against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup opener for the Amer­i­cans.

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