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Gold Cup: U.S., Panama play to 1-1 draw

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Gold Cup: U.S., Panama play to 1-1 draw

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Michael Bradley scored the equalizer early in the second half, helping the United States to a 1-1 draw with Panama on Monday night and wrapping up a sluggish but unbeaten trip through group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Blas Perez scored in the 34th minute to give Panama (0-1-2) the lead on a hot, humid night in the Midwest, and for a while it looked as if that would be enough.

But after second-half substitutions Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin energized the Americans (2-0-1), the U.S. finally began to attack. Alejandro Bedoya's perfect cross wound up on the right foot of Bradley, who poked the equalizer into the net in the 55th minute for his 14th international goal.

Already assured of first place in Group A, the U.S. improved to 30-1-3 in Gold Cup group play. But none of the Americans' three matches in this year's Gold Cup, including a 2-1 victory over Honduras and a 1-0 win over Haiti, left coach Jurgen Klinsmann brimming with confidence as they head into their quarterfinal Saturday in Baltimore.

Panama must await the outcome of the remaining group matches this week to know whether a pair of draws -- after blowing 1-0 leads in both games -- will be enough to advance.

If not, the U.S. will once again crippled Panama's hopes.

Two years ago, the Americans beat Los Canaleros 1-0 in the Gold Cup final. Three months later, Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time to deny Panama a spot in the World Cup in Brazil -- a berth that wound up going to Mexico.

For a while, it appeared that Panama might finally get some payback.

Needing a win to assure advancement, Panama pressed the attack early against the weary, sluggish Americans. Luis Tejada was called offside in the opening minutes after putting a shot in the back of the net, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan had to make a spectacular save of a corner kick that nearly turned into an own goal off Chris Wondolowski.

Panama finally broke through when Tejada slipped past Ventura Alvarado and crossed to Perez running between the center backs. The FC Dallas striker chipped it in for his 38th international goal, silencing a sellout crowd of 18,467 at Sporting Park.

It left the U.S. playing from behind for the first time this tournament.

In need of a spark, Klinsmann substituted in Yedlin and Dempsey -- who had scored all three American goals in their first two victories -- at the start of the second half.

Right away, their speed and creativity made a difference.

In the 55th minute, Dempsey took a pass from Gyasi Zardes while falling with his back to the goal, and poked it wide to Bedoya. He sent a perfect cross to Bradley, running from his spot in the midfield, and the captain knocked it for his second career Gold Cup goal.

Panama had a good chance to regain the lead in the 75th minute, but Guzan laid out to slap away a shot by Miguel Camargo, who had entered as a second-half substitute.

The U.S. had a couple of its own chances down the stretch, but Klinsmann's team appeared content with a draw. It was the third game in seven days for the Americans, and a physical one as evidenced by the bloody face of Kyle Beckerman in the closing minutes.

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Chile, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

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2019 Women's World Cup: USA vs. Chile, how to watch, time, live stream, fun facts

After a blowout win over Thailand on Tuesday, the U.S. Women's National Team continues their World Cup title defense on Sunday, June 16 with a match against Chile. 

The U.S., aiming to win its second consective World Cup, entered this year's tournament as the most-successful nation in Women's World Cup history. With a combined 112 goals in all of the team's appearances, just one goal ahead of Germany (111), the USWNT consistently proved it belongs atop the list of soccer powerhouses of the world. 

During qualifying rounds the U.S. outscored opponents 26-0 and won all five of its games, while Chile outscored opponents 13-5 to advance to its first Women's World Cup appearance.

Then, the USWNT's first match against Thailand. Team USA scored 13 unanswered goals, the most goals in a single game and the highest win-margin in the history of the World Cup. That means the U.S. has outscored opponents 39-0 in its last six games and has a total of 125 goals in all its World Cup appearances. Pretty exciting, right?

HOW TO WATCH THE 2019 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP: USA vs. CHILE

Who: Team USA vs. Chile, Group F
What: Game 2 Women's World Cup
When: Sunday, June 16
Time: Noon ET
Where: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
TV Channel: FOX
Stream Online: Watch the World Cup on fuboTV.

TAKE FIVE:

  • More From Morgan: Team USA forward Alex Morgan scored five times on Tuesday and tied the record for most goals in a single game in FIFA Women's World Cup history. (Michelle Akers scored five in the quarterfinals in 1991 against China Taipei)
  • On a Roll: Carli Lloyd scored a goal in her fifth consecutive World Cup match dating back to 2015, after she capped the U.S.'s victory on Tuesday with the 13th goal of the match. With the goal Lloyd tied the record for scoring in five straight FIFA Women's World Cup games. 
     

GROUP F SCHEDULE

Sweden vs. Thailand, Sun. 6/16, 9 a.m. ET (FS1)
USA vs. Chile, Sun. 6/16, 12 p.m. ET (FOX)

Sweden vs. USA, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FOX)
Thailand vs. Chile, Thurs. 6/20, 3 p.m. ET (FS1)
 

WHAT ARE THE GROUPS FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP?

Group A (Record, points in parentheses): 
France (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Norway (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Nigeria (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Korea Republic (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group B: 
Spain (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Germany (1-0-0, 3 pts.), China PR (0-1-0, 0 pts.), South Africa (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group C 
Brazil (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Italy (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Australia (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Jamaica (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group D
England (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Argentina (0-0-1, 1 pts.), Japan (0-0-1, 1 pts.), Scotland (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group E 
Canada (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Netherlands (1-0-0, 3 pts.), New Zealand (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Cameroon (0-1-0, 0 pts.)

Group F
USA (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Sweden (1-0-0, 3 pts.), Chile (0-1-0, 0 pts.), Thailand (0-1-0, 0 pts.)


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Washington Spirit's Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, ballers, score three goals in USWNT World Cup blowout

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Washington Spirit's Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, ballers, score three goals in USWNT World Cup blowout

What a start for Rose Lavelle and the United States in the World Cup. In 56 minutes of action, Lavelle tallied two of the team's seven goals.

In the opening minutes of Lavelle's World Cup debut, she delivered a goal to put the U.S. Women's National Team up 2-0 over Thailand. 

Her goal, assisted by Alex Morgan, was truly gorgeous. Lavelle fired a strike from more than 22 yards out for the second score for the United States. 

Slicing through two converging defenders, Lavelle took the shot off her left boot in the 20th minute.

The goal party continued for USWNT well into the second half. A string of three goals in 11 minutes ended with another tally for Lavelle. 

Slipping past a defender on the weakside, Lavelle found a low cross to burry past the Thailand keeper. 

With Lavelle contributing early, the US is off to a hot start to begin their World Cup campaign. It was a record-breaking 12 goals for the USWNT in a 12-0 victory. 

Lavelle, 24, now has nine goals in international play and could be setting herself up for a huge performance on the world's biggest stage. 

Stateside, the midfielder playes for the Washington Spirit. This season she's played in one game for 45 minutes, missing most of the NWSL competition due to National Team training.

She was not the only Spirit player involved in the blowout. Forward Mallory Pugh scored the team's 11th goal for the first tally of her World Cup career. Pugh came in as a late substitute when the game was well in hand.

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