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2015 Gold Cup: Match Day Four Review, Match Day Five Preview

The United States took the pitch and won their group and Gabriel Torres saw action for Panama.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

If other days in the 2015 Gold Cup were missing excitement or good football, then Friday night completely changed that narrative.  Two terrific matches were played on the fake grass, um real grass over fake grass, of Foxborough, Massachusetts and with the results tonight, Group A looks like this after two rounds:

Points Win Loss Tie GD
United States 6 2 0 0 2
Panama 2 0 0 2 0
Honduras 1 0 1 1 -1
Haiti 1 0 1 1 -1

Honduras 1:1 Panama

Panama looked like they were going to grab all three points in this one until a late Andy Najar goal gave Honduras a share of the points.  This was a chippy game and it looked like the teams might come to blows, but cooler heads prevailed.  For Panama, this will be a disappointment as a win would have booked their place (nearly) in the knock out round but now face the prospect of needing a result against the United States to advance.  However, Colorado Rapids striker Gabriel Torres got into the match late in the second half for his first action of the tournament.

United States 1:0 Haiti

The United States had another difficult time, but do not sell Haiti short in this one.  They were up for the challenge and for large portions of this match they were the better team.  At the end of the day, the Stars and Stripes got the job done and booked their place in the knock out round.  But there is some concern as they are not playing their best football and have struggled against lesser teams.  And for Haiti, they deserved more in this one, but have a winnable game next against Honduras.

The action tomorrow looks like this:

How to Watch:  Jamaica vs Canada

Match Date/Time: Saturday, July 11 at 4:30 PM MDT

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium--Houston, Texas

TV Information: Fox Sports 2/UniMas/Univision Deportes

The Road So Far: Jamaica 2-2 DRAW vs Costa Rica.  Canada 0-0 DRAW with El Salvador

Thoughts: A tale of two draws is the theme in this one as Jamaica had a thrilling draw with Costa Rica and Canada blew their chance in their draw with El Salvador.  The Canadians have to play much, much better to get a result in this one and for Jamaica we need to see if they are for real or not.

How to Watch:  Costa Rica vs El Salvador

Match/Date Time: Saturday, July 11 at 7:00 PM MDT

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium--Houston, Texas

TV Information: Fox Sports 2/UniMas/Univision Deportes

The Road So Far: Costa Rica 2-2 DRAW vs Jamaica.  El Salvador 0-0 DRAW vs Canada

Thoughts: Make no mistake--this is a must win for Costa Rica and anything less than three points will be a massive disappointment for the Ticos.  El Salvador certainly had their chances against Canada and will fancy themselves to get a result in this match.  It should be a good one in the heat of Houston, Texas.