Our football match prediction:
United States of America kick off their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with a game against Panama. The Yanks failed to impress at the 2015 tournament and, no doubt, they are eager to regain the trophy. USA coach Bruce Arena has omitted star players Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, but the tournament hosts are still regarded as favourites to emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football game against Panama. Los Canaleros are on a four-game winless run ahead of their opener and it remains to be seen if they are capable of recording their first win over USA since 2015, when they defeated the Yanks on penalties (Gold Cup). United States of America are regarded as good hosts and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, we predict that they will pick up all three points from the opening match of their 2017 Gold Cup campaign.
Highlighted Player (Tim Ream):
After ending his college career at Saint Louis Billikens, Timothy Ream began playing for Chicago Fire at senior level. Speaking of his professional debut, the American footballer played the full 90 mins in New York Red Bulls’ opening match of the 2010 MLS season. On September 11, 2010 Tim Ream scored his first MLS goal in a 3-1 victory over Colorado Rapids. The USA defender made 58 appearances in the league for the Red Bulls and in 2012 he moved to Europa to sign a contract with Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club and he made his debut for Bolton in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Millwall on February 18, 2012. In 2015 Ream moved to Fulham and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. The footballer, who wears No. 13 on his shirt at Fulham, made his debut for the USA national soccer team on November 17, 2010, in a 1-0 victory over South Africa.
Highlighted Team (Panama):
Established in 1937, the Panama national team is a member of CONCACAF confederation which has seen their reputation grow significantly over the past decade. Los Canaleros finished as runners-up in the 2005 and 2013 Gold Cup respectively, while they also reached the fourth round for the 2006 and 2014 World Cup CONCACAF qualifications in that order. Panama were denied their place in the play-offs in 2014 in the last 90 seconds of the ultimate match with USA as they conceded two late goals in stoppage time as they crashed out of the qualification. Los Canaleros are heading into the Copa America Centenario as the winners of the qualifying play-offs and under the guidance of former Colombia and Ecuador head coach Henan Dario Gomez they will try to build on their most recent momentum. Midfielder Gabriel Gomez is the most capped player for Panama with his 125 appearances since 2003, while Luis Tejada is the team’s top scorer with 42 goals in 94 appearances so far.