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Can Jordan Morris and the USMNT get past Nicaragua?

Can Jordan Morris and the USMNT get past Nicaragua?

The United States recorded a 3-0 win over Nicaragua to secure top spot in its group at the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday (AEST).

Panama had won its match vs. Martinique, 3-0, earlier on Saturday. They will face the third-place team from Group A or C on Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Group B concludes with the USMNT taking 1st-place with Panama 2nd on the goals scored tiebreaker. All three started the group stage opener against Panama. Matt Miazga capped the scoring in the 88th minute. Corona, the late runner, took one touch forward and a pair of touches to his right to dodge two defenders.

Incredibly, the USA scrambled for the third goal, which enabled the American team to edge Panama for the top spot in the group, after missing not one, but two penalty kicks in the second half - first by Dom Dwyer, then by Joe Corona. His low effort from 15 yards struck the hand of a sliding foe, Bismarck Veliz, and skidded into the left corner for his first goal since the 2013 Gold Cup against El Salvador. Bedoya intercepted a pass deep in Nicaragua's end and tried working a combination with Dwyer.

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Arroyo doubled the lead on the hour mark following another corner, and seven minutes later Torres made sure of the win.

Four minutes into the second half Dwyer was yanked down in the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed to the penalty spot.

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.

But Matt Miazga scored an 88th-minute header - his first worldwide goal - to lift his side into top spot after Luis Fernando Copete had been sent off for Nicaragua.