Weston McKennie scored before a minute weather delayChristian Pulisic scored twice off rebounds and the U. The most notable change came up top, where Jozy Altidore stepped in for Gyasi Zardes.
Altidore scored on an overhead kick in his first start for the national team in 20 months, lifting the U. Altidore got the goal from 2 yards following a corner kick in the 66th minute that was redirected by Matt Miazga. Coming back from a hamstring injury that slowed him at the start of training camp, the year-old Altidore scored his 42nd goal in international appearances.
After the match, he walked by reporters and did not stop to respond to questions. The defending champion United States went in group play and outscored opponents The 30th-ranked Americans play No.
They have talent. They can score goals. The Americans did not allow a goal in a three-match group stage for the second time, the first since , and improved to 36 wins, one loss and four draws in the Gold Cup group stage.
When that player goes out and scores the winning goal, it makes you feel even better. Berhalter changed all 11 starters and Panama nine.
Altidore had not started since the loss at Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. Defender Omar Gonzalez captained the U.
The U. We kept them to one shot and zero corners.
We're pretty happy with the effort defensively. In the end, you grind out these games and win the group.
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