Lakenheath Old Boys

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

A Gold Cup Group B Double Header from the Grand Old Opry City



The CONCACRAP Gold Cup is not exactly a gold medal winning tournament, but it provides us with our footie fix during the Summer. The Tournament started in true Gold Cup fashion with a double header from the stadium. It was two Group A matches from Red Bull arena . Today it's a double header from Nissan Stadium in Nashville. It starts with the two group favorites, which is the U.S. vs Van Halen's Panama that kicks off at 4:30 PM EDT . The second one is Martinique vs Nicaragua, kicking off at 7 PM EDT. If you are footie deprived then join us . The first match is being shown on the local Fox Affiliate and the second one is being shown on FS2.

117 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for getting us going today, MUR. I'm looking forward to joining you for the festivities.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm settling in right now for the match. No pre-match coverage on the Fox network, so I'm watching the tail end of the Canada v. French Guiana match from last night. After being 3-0 up, Canada have just given the plucky Guineans some hope by letting two late ones in.

4:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The US come into opening Gold Cup match heavily favored to not only win this one but the group itself, despite Bruce Arena's decision to rest a number of starters (e.g., Pulisic) for this tournament. The US' sole loss in the group stage came at the hands of Panama way back in 2011.

4:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Nashville's Nissan Stadium this afternoon:

United States: Guzan, Morrow, Besler, González, Villafaña, Corona, Rowe, Bedoya, McCarty, Zusi, Dwyer

Subs: Hamid, Johnson, Miazga, Lichaj, Hedges, Roldan, Acosta, Pontius, Agudelo, Arriola, Morris, Zardes

Panama Calderón, Chen, Murillo, Vargas, Ovalle, Bárcenas, Gómez, Camargo, Godoy, Torres, Díaz

Subs: Mosquera, Rodríguez, Davis, Patrick, Escobar, Miller, Cooper, Nuñez, Heraldez, Clarke, Arroyo, Pimentel

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The Fox coverage is starting up right now.

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. It's a pleasure to be able to chat with you. A ton of punditry will be need to get through this shower.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Your beloved Lexi and El Presidente in the FOX Studio.

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I may be in and out because Elizabeth is grocery shopping and has been trained to follow the English domestic schedule, the World Cup and Euro schedules, but not the Gold Cup. Also, Melanie is an instrumentalist in the community and may be texting for a ride home any minute.

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

And Elizabeth just called. I will join you midway through the first half.

Cheers!

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll look forward to chatting with you, mate.

4:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The crowd at Nissan Stadium is enjoying the anthems now. The stadium looks resplendent.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gooner will not be pleased to see Ben Hamid riding the bench today, with Big Brad Guzan favored in goal.

4:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sultry afternoon in Nashville - 88F as Panama get us underway. Come on the Yanks!

4:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - first shot in anger for the US clawed away by Calderon before Dwyer could get to it.

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Godoy has a go from distance - not too far away.

4:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Of those who are being given a chance to shine by Bruce Arena, the Chicago Fire midfielder Dax McCarty is perhaps the one to watch the most. He's bubbling right on the edge of a place in the squad for next summer.

4:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early corner now for the US. Some jostling in the box that the ref is dealing with.

5:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

English born striker Dom Dwyer is another one to watch. I can't quite see him edging out others in the forward line but if he rips it up in the tournament, he could stake a claim.

5:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I like the idea of Graham Zusi but his final ball has got to get better at this level.

5:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Both sides struggling to sustain momentum on a hot, humid day today. So hot, in fact, that mandatory water breaks have been ordered, the first of which will take place at 30 minutes.

5:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello, mate. I'm here for the remainder of the match.

5:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that was dicey play from Omar Gonzalez. Definitely obstruction as he didn't play the ball in the area. But those are never called these days.

5:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It doesn't sound like I missed too much. It'
s raining here this afternoon, so it's much cooler than usual.

5:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome back, mate. You didn't miss much. Both sides are struggling in the oppressive heat, although I'm sure that 88F feels like a cool day to you, eh?

5:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. I think its due to the fact that too many strikers have gone down like a stack of dominoes.

5:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, mate. Correct. That is usually the temperature around dusk. It did hit 90 earlier this afternoon, but now around 80 due to the cloud cover and rain.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great chance for Rowe but he shot straight at Calderon who parried it away.

5:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Calderon, in the Panama goal, is forced to push away a powerful shot.

5:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

End to end stuff - Camargo tried a lovely curler that Big Brad just tipped away. You came back at the right moment, mate.

5:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Then Guzan turns around a shot from Camargo.

5:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sounds like it.Glad to help increase the entertainment value.

5:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good to see Kelyn Rowe of the Revolution getting his chance today.

5:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Why would they schedule a match at this hour in the South in July? The evening would be much better.

5:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

First enforced water break now.

5:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It doesn't seem wise. Why not play this one in Portland?

5:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now time for the mandatory water break. Too be honest it's much less humid in the country music capital than in Deep South Texas.

5:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. Will you be around for the second match, which is the marquee match of the day?

5:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The offside flag is raised as Panama appeared to clear for a U.S. corner.

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Probably not. We're getting ready for a trip out to Syracuse early tomorrow, so we'll be packing tonight.

5:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Decent interplay between Dwyer and Villafana there. Results in a corner.

5:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dom Dwyer has a shot blocked for a corner off a pass from Villafana.

5:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wishing you a fun and safe trip.

5:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long range effort from Barcenas is straight at the gut of Guzan.

5:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks, mate - just a short trip out there. Should be back in midweek.

5:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It seems like French Guyana is the worst team in the tournament. French dressing will have a better chance of winning a match.

5:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm going on a short trip tomorrow. Taking Elizabeth back to take care of her dad. Should be back in time for the two matches ,which take place in the evening.

5:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sacks Fifth Avenue McCArty called for a foul on Bodoy.

5:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dom Dwyer set through from a long throw from Guzan . he found Corona, who dwelled on the ball so long as if he had a few Coronas.

5:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rowe wins a fee kick by the left touchline.

5:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Panama are proving to be no pushovers here. First half winding down.

5:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm predicting that Panama will finish fourth in the hex , which would be good enough for a playoff spot against an Asian team.

5:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into stoppage time. Three minute of that

5:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great knock down by Dwyer for Acosta to strike one on goal. Just wide.

5:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Diaz nearly punked the US with a late, late strike there. Just wide.

And that's half-time.

5:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! Diaz was just wide for Panama and then the halftime whistle blows. It's 0-0 as the heat has been a contributing factor for the lack of action.

5:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not at all convincing then for the US side. I still fancy the US to win this one but it will be a narrow thing.

5:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from the Grand Old Opry.

5:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're underway in the second half, then.

5:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another close call for Panama. You get the feeling that it would only take a lapse in concentration for the US for a moment and that might let Panama in.

5:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree.This fixture had been a traditionally tight affair./

5:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm surprised that there haven't been any changes made for either side.

5:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This should be the toughest match of the group for the U.S. A draw would be a poor result for the U.S., but should be enough to ensure qualification for the quarters.

5:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Dwyer comes good with his first goal for the national side!

5:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! THE BRIT GIVES THE YANKS THE LEAD WITH A GREAT FINISH

5:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great work there by Rowe down the left to beat his man and get a ball over for Dwyer.

1-0 US!

6:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He actually scored on his debut last week against Ghana.

6:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I understand that his favorite song is Rowe , Rowe, Rowe your boat. Rowe got the ball off a throw and passed in the box to Dwyer, who scored with a well placed finish,.

6:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry- I thought that the commentators mentioned that this was his first goal. My mistake.

6:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My sources tell me that he loves to Rowe his boat down the Panama Canal.

6:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No problem. I was Ghana to make sure to provide accurate info.

6:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

He had a tough Rowe to hoe to get that cross over for Dwyer but the kid did well.

6:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Diaz with a sitter for the ages after Torres had pulled a great save out of Brad.

6:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!! Gabby Torres nearly ties it up, forcing a great save from Guzan with a free header in the six yard box.

6:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - now it's Barcanas in for a one-on-one with Guzan. Blew it wide. It's as if Panama doesn't want to score.

6:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The U.S. plays Martinique in a group match. Monique will have a better chance of defeating the Yanks.

6:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Diaz gets the hook only moments after missing that chance. He'll be gutted. Arroyo on for him.

6:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Don't imagine that Martinique will put up much of a fight. Lovely place to visit, though, from what I gather.

6:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Abdiel Arroyo is on for Ismael Diaz. Than ks for the update, Van Halen. FYI, an arroyo is a canal

6:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Panama had been knocking on the door for ages now and they've tied it up.

6:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BUGGER!!! CAMARGO TIES IT UP FOR PANAMA ON THE REBOUND AFTER GUZAN MADE A GREAT CLOSE RANGE SAVE OFF A PASS FROM BARCENAS.

6:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rowe got beaten down the wing and Guzan was able to save one shot resulting from the cross but not the second by Torres.

1-1 Game on!

6:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - could easily have been 1-2 Panama there. US looking really shaky in the back now.

6:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corona came off, replaced by Agudelo. Not sure that's the change that was needed.

6:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barcenas beat Rowe too easily and Guzan made a super close range reflex save from Gabby Torres before Camargo put away the rebound. Poor marking by Zusi on Torres.

6:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bit better now from the Yanks, with Agudelo putting over a couple of decent balls.

6:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aguadelo posing a threat as he passed to Dwyer, whose shot was blocked

6:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

All hands to the deck in the canal as the U.S. have a couple of shots blocked.

6:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Game opening up now.

6:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's been a much better second half indeed.

6:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A broken oar as Rowe is down after a collision with big Panamanian keeper, Calderon

6:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He is replaced by Zardes.

6:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Armando Cooper on for Camrgo, the goal scorer.

6:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The US need one more final push to win this one.

6:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now Carillo is down for Panama.

6:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We're a couple of minutes away from the water break.

6:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some of these players look like they need a break.

6:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gomez fouls Dwyer about two feet away from Bruce Arena.

6:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It doesn't seem as if there will be be that second half water break.

6:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice for David Lee Roth's Boyz as Josiel Nunez is on for Gabby Gomez.

6:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They seem to have skipped it - has it cooled down?

6:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It may have a degree or two. Hard to say.

6:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Come on, the Yanks - one more big push!

6:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Never a pen. Bedoya went down far too easily.

6:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jordan Morris comes on for Bedoya.

6:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That would have been a perfect cross from Zardes if Dwyer was as tall as Wilt Chamberlain.

6:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Bruce Arena as the pie eater is on for Bedoya.

6:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If only, eh?

6:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yes for both, LOL!

6:36 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Pie eater was set free down the left, but his cross was overcooked.

6:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Barcenas is now down and if he's really crocked then that hurts Panama, who are out of subs.

6:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A trio of minutes of stoppage time.

6:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one seems to be heading for a draw.

6:40 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Acosta is down in the final minute of stoppage time.

6:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. They're drawing blanks.

6:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes a 1-1 draw.

6:43 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wishing you a great trip. it was great chatting with you. Off to take Elizabeth shopping at Beall's

6:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it. Probably the toughest match in the group, but a 1-1 draw is not really good enough. If the US can't polish off the likes of Panama, how can they expect to take on the big boys of Europe and South America next summer?

6:45 PM  

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