With Panama defeating Martinique, the United States already qualified for the knockout stages of the Gold Cup prior to taking the field against Nicaragua. Things get trickier from there. It looks like the U.S. will play their next match on July 19, but the opponent has yet to be determined.
The U.S. must first take on Nicaragua at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight to help determine their seeding.
Heading into the final day of group play, Panama and the United States were tied in goals. With Panama unleashing their goal scoring on Martinique with three goals, the United States faces an uphill battle to try to win the group. Even if the U.S. defeats Nicaragua, they would still have to top Panama’s goal production to win the group.
This means the most likely scenario is they will finish second in Group B, and move on to face Group A winner Costa Rica. If so, their next match would take place on July 19 at 6 p.m. Eastern. Philadelphia would host the match at Lincoln Financial Field.
If the U.S. is somehow able to win Group B, they would play on July 19 at 9 p.m. Eastern. This match would be against third place from either Group A or C. It would also be in Philadelphia.
If the United States matches up with Costa Rica, it would be a rematch of a November 16, 2016 World Cup qualifying. Costa Rica dominated the U.S. with a 4-0 victory. Joel Campbell scored the final two goals to seal the victory for Costa Rica.
Less than a week later, Jurgen Klinsmann was fired at USMNT manager. If things hold up as expected, the U.S. would face Costa Rica under new manager Bruce Arena.
However, the United States could unload a number of goals on Nicaragua, and still win the group. Time will tell.