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United States of America will be pitted against Martinique, Nicaragua and Panama in Group B.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the USA national team for ESPN FC.

This already has been a year of transition and triumph for Dax McCarty.

Miazga is a 21-year-old center back who starred with New York Red Bulls in 2015. And the 30-year-old midfielder returned to the US national team for the first time in six years, brought back after Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as coach.

There isn't much about the CONCACAF Gold Cup that is sexy.

New England's Kelyn Rowe also enjoyed a solid outing on his maiden appearance, and it was a good day for Kellyn Acosta, who netted the victor on a free kick and seems to have earned a major role in midfield despite being a relatively new arrival to the USMNT setup. I feel like I'm playing some of the best soccer that I've played in my career. "I absolutely think it can translate".

The top two teams in each of the three groups and the two best third-place sides advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament, which runs through July 26.

The upcoming match between the teams of Martinique and Nicaragua will be only the first in their history. They won the Copa Centroamericana as hosts back in January but haven't won a game since (though they've played four and lost only one). With seasoned campaigners Blas Perez and Luis Tejada both absent, Diaz will be one of the men Panama will be looking to for goals. U.S. will now attempt to gain psychological advantage over Los Canaleros by winning the Gold Cup clash, but that is not going to be an easy task.

It was a good June for the USMNT and July has certainly started the same way as the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in a tune-up for the upcoming Gold Cup.

"Passion. If you don't have it, if you don't have that fire inside that takes you to make that extra move to really put your body and yourself in harm's way to accomplish something that is huge, that is important for this country, then you probably won't be part of this program" said Zambrano. The North American rivals have won every edition of the championship between them except from Canada's victory in 2000. Is it realistic for some teams here?

While the squad called up by coach Bruce Arena is marked by youth and relative inexperience at worldwide level, the vibes appear to be good in the U.S. camp heading into the tournament.

"The second goal is to try to find guys who will continue to be able to contribute to the team for World Cup qualifiers and eventually in the World Cup next year". If the US meets Costa Rica in the semifinal, there's no reason they couldn't get past the Ticos and go on to win the whole thing, especially if Bruce Arena brings some of the veterans from his provisional roster.

"What do you want to say?"

Keep an eye on Edgar Barcenas from Panama, Yeltsin Teleda in the middle of Costa Rica's midfield, Juan Barrera of Nicaragua and Elson Hooi of Curacao. Whenever the two rivals meet it is always hard to predict the outcome, but having said that, Bruce Arena has picked a more experienced roster than Osorio and that will likely be the difference in the final.



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