KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The United States enters the final group-stage match of an international soccer tournament for the third straight year needing a win to secure a place in the knockout stage.
The Americans did it twice before, at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009 and the World Cup in 2010. Now, depending on the result of Tuesday night’s early match, the U.S. could find itself in a must-win situation against tiny but tenacious Guadeloupe in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Panama, its first group-stage defeat, left the U.S. in second place, tied with Canada on points but ahead on goal differential.
Regardless of the outcome of the early match between Canada and Group C leader Panama, a victory will guarantee the U.S. a quarterfinal berth.