Group Stage — CONCACAF Gold Cup

Dom Dwyer scored his second goal in as many games for the U.S. Men's National Team in a scrappy 1-1 draw against Panama at Nashville's Nissan Stadium on Saturday.

Like most nations, 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.

The home side took the lead after 50 minutes when Dwyer, who was only granted US citizenship in March, got his second goal on his second appearance. When the USA roster was released, it was Dom Dwyer who grabbed all the headlines and it was Dom Dwyer who grabbed all of the headlines from the Ghana game with a goal in his first appearance for the USA (a rather splendid goal it should be said). "We didn't do a good job of establishing a rhythm, getting our team more involved in the game", Arena continued.

It was Villafana's defensive pressure that forced the Panama turnover just before the US goal sequence, and he pulled off a nifty move in the 26th minute to free up Rowe with a shot inside the penalty area that was ultimately blocked.

Two dubious streaks came to an end for Canada on Friday night in New Jersey, as the Reds won for the first time in eight matches at the Gold Cup, their previous victory coming in 2011.

Panama was nearly level minutes later after a Gabriel Torres close-range header was saved by Guzan to the feet of Diaz, who fired over from just in front of the goal. Arena achieved those results with his best team and, though his Gold Cup roster won't feature stars such as Michael Bradley or Christian Pulisic, an embarrassing semifinals loss in the 2015 Gold Cup sets up a redemption narrative for this year's squad.

Dwyer secured his US citizenship in March. "Anytime you get a chance to step on the field when the so-called regulars aren't here, you want to make a good impression".

Given how lackluster the USA attack was on Saturday, Agudelo, Zardes and Morris could all find themselves ready to start when the team returns to action on Wednesday against Martinique.

As the US gets set to take on Panama on Saturday (4:30 p.m.; FOX) in Nashville, Tenn., Arena has made it clear he wants to win the tournament.

On an afternoon with temperatures in the high 80s, there was a hydration break in the first half and action slowed in the latter stages.

Gold Cup soccer has once against crashed into the United States, and USMNT will be attempting to hoist the cup for the first time since 2013.

United States of America will be buoyed by a partisan home crowd but if they don't score early then the pressure will build on this largely experimental team.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the USA national team for ESPN FC. He also scored against Chile a year ago in the Copa America at Philadelphia.

The US goal galvanized Panama, who saw Camargo's blast from 20 yards out go over the bar two minutes later, then saw a brilliant chance go begging when Ismael Diaz somehow fired over the bar from a couple of yards out after a header by Gabriel Torres had been saved by a diving Brad Guzan.

Still, Arena knows something about winning in the Gold Cup.

Bedoya and Gonzalez started in place of Arriola and Matt Hedges.

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