Panama is in Group B and has finished second. Regardless, this could be a tight affair that ends up being decided by one play.
"Once [Nagbe] got at them a little bit more, he got dangerous and helped our team in the attack", Arena said that night.
Rodolfo Zelaya latched onto the loose ball and darted clear only to be denied by a desperate late block from Howard, who had spotted the danger and advanced swiftly to snuff out the chance.
Victor Montagliani, president of the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Association Football, said a subset of the group's disciplinary committee will examine the report from the match commissioner, Randolph Harris of Barbados, and share it with the involved federations along with other evidence. How the fresh legs and wealth of experience these players bring to the table will massively affect whether the United States can get the result they want against the El Salvadorans. "It is what it is".
"It's an important game". It is not as important as World Cup qualifying.
Another sloppy game but another win for USMNT against a limited Salvadorian side.
Arena changed all 11 starters for the second straight game and at 7-0-5 set a record for longest unbeaten streak at the start of a U.S. coaching tenure, topping Bob Bradley's 10-0-1 in 2007. They aren't there because they need more exercise, or more international experience. We controlled large parts of the game. The red stands for the blood spilt by martyrs in defense of the country, as well as the warmth and generosity of the people.
The Ticos, who were eliminated at this stage in three consecutive Gold Cups, will face either the United States or El Salvador in the semifinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.
When asked about the mantra that has been attached to his career, Nagbe gives a calm, patient smile and says, "They're right", referring to not only Arena but also Nagbe's manager at club level, the Portland Timbers' Caleb Porter.
The Americans, five-time Gold Cup winners, are facing Costa Rica for the first time since a 4-0 away drubbing last November in a World Cup qualifier, the final match before Klinsmann was axed. In the game against Martinique it was recorded "dry", a major victory (3: 0). "I think we did well".
This is Arena's U.S. now.
If the final goes to extra time, teams will be permitted to use an extra, fourth substitution over the final 30 minutes.
The Mexican media and fanbase have not been pleased with El Tri's performance so far this tournament, though they won their group.