Thanks to a late equalizing Cuba goal in their Group A game with Canada earlier tonight, the U.S. has mathematically clinched top spot in the Group. Which means their final game against Panama tonight means absolutely nothing. They could sit down on the field and take a 90 minute nap and still win their Olympic qualifying group. While I doubt that happens, it's still a done deal.
Nevertheless, the game will be played and we will watch it because we are soccer addicts.
This will be a great chance for Andi Herzog to rest some of his key players for Saturday's crucial semifinal game.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="sl" dir="ltr">U.S. U-23 XI vs. Panama: Horvath; Okwuonu, Packwood, Carter-Vickers, Serna; Gil, Polster; Zelalem; Ariyibi, Tall, Hernandez (4-2-1-3)</p>— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrianSciaretta/status/651563862219735040">October 7, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Seven changes are made to the side that beat Cuba. Ethan Horvath is fresh off of a Europa League Team of the Week performance and directly into the starting lineup in place of the stellar Zack Steffen. Gedion Zelalem returns to the lineup in the midfield. Maki Tall, Alonso Hernandez, Will Packwood, and Gboly Ariyibi get their first starts of the tournament.
How to Watch
Who: United States U-23's vs. Panama U-23's
Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Pack, Commerce City, CO
When: Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 p.m. ET
How: NBC Universo