/Miazga's late goal gives U.S. 1st place in Gold Cup group

Miazga's late goal gives U.S. 1st place in Gold Cup group


USA TODAY

Published 9:54 p.m. ET July 15, 2017 | Updated 11:37 p.m. ET July 15, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — Alejandro Bedoya can watch the rest of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after helping the U.S. avoid an embarrassing second-place finish in its group. 

Bedoya set up goals by Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe, and Matt Miazga’s close-range header in the 88th minute from Graham Zusi’s free kick gave the United States a 3-0 win over Nicaragua on Saturday night, just enough to leapfrog Panama for the Group B lead.

Bedoya is among six players on the 23-man roster who will be replaced for the knockout phase. His second child is due early next week.

“It’s tough, but this is something we have talked about,” Bedoya said. “As much as I would have loved to stay, we’re welcoming a new life.”

Goalkeeper Tim Howard and midfielder Michael Bradley watched from the stands and are among six players U.S. coach Bruce Arena plans to add for the knockout stage along with forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, midfielder Darlington…

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