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Nicaragua 0-3 United States of America: 3 things we learned

Nicaragua 0-3 United States of America: 3 things we learned

The viewing party at O'Brien's Pub, 4646 Convoy St., is organized by the San Diego Chapter of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the US men's and women's national soccer teams.

Bruce Arena, whose team had already booked a last-eight spot, opted to field a completely different starting XI than the one that edged Martinique 3-2.

"It's been a whirlwind for all of us, fighting for spots", Rowe told the media after Saturday's win.

The U.S. men's national soccer team's 2017 Gold Cup run hasn't gotten off to an ideal start. Panama will play Costa Rica in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

And that ended up being the difference, as the US held on for a 3-0 victory, winning the group in the process.

The U.S. received a great opportunity to increase its lead on the other side of halftime when a well-worked combination between Corona, Dwyer and Chris Pontius led to a U.S. penalty kick, but Dwyer's 51st minute attempt was well-read by Nicaragua 'keeper Justo Lorente in the 51st minute.

It was Corona who grabbed the opener in the 36th minute. It was a fine moment for the New England Revolution star, Rowe's first goal with the national team.

Missed penalties happen but it does beg the question: Is there a designated penalty taker on the team or does Arena let the players decide? Bedoya intercepted a pass deep in Nicaragua's end and tried working a combination with Dwyer.

The tension was palpable as the US were still desperate for a third.

Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya echoed this sentiment afterwards: "They came at us, they tried to pressure us". The shot was at a good height, came in at a good pace, and was too far inside the post to cause him any trouble. "I got my chance, and I just tried to bury it".

Granted his one-time change of association request by FIFA earlier this month, Gonzalez will take part in his first U.S. MNT camp.

Today at 4 p.m. PT, the USMNT will take their chance to advance in the Gold Cup.

Tournament rules allow teams to make up to six changes once the group stage is complete, as long as the added players come from a team's 40-man preliminary roster.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard and midfielder Michael Bradley watched from the stands and are among the players us coach Bruce Arena plans to add along with forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, midfielder Darlington Nagbe and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez - whose approval to switch affiliation from Mexico to the USA was granted in late June.