In the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal at the Snapdragon Stadium, the USA will take on Panama. The United States defeated Canada in the CONCACAF championship quarterfinals, and they are now considered heavy favorites to advance to the championship game. Conversely, Los Canaleros defeated Qatar 4-0 to secure their berth in the semifinal.
USA vs Panama
The United States has had a successful continental campaign thus far, as they have already advanced to the Gold Cup semifinals for an unprecedented eleven times. On Saturday, they met Canada in the quarterfinals of the game. After a 2-2 deadlock after extra time, they won on penalties thanks to two saves from Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner.
The current continental showcase champions, the Americans, will now try to successfully defend their championship as they pursue a joint-record seventh Gold Cup trophy this year.
This week, Panama will try to prove their mettle against the continent’s powerhouse after also doing well thus far in the Gold Cup. In the quarterfinals of the competition, they easily defeated tournament guests Qatar. Yoel Barcenas scored the game’s first goal, and Ismael Diaz added a hat-trick in the second half.
Los Canaleros will be hoping for success today as they have advanced to the semifinals of the competition for the first time since 2015. Panama has a chance to pull off an upset in the Semifinals despite being the underdogs against the strong US team. Recently, Thomas Christiansen’s team has been playing excellent football. After a stellar showing in the group round, Panama easily trounced Qatar in the quarterfinal encounter with a score of 4-0.
The USA are currently on a three-game winning streak and have gone unbeaten in their previous 10 games overall. They have previously played outstandingly in this matchup and will enter the midweek matchup as clear favorites.
After winning just two of their previous ten games in all competitions, Panama has won three of their last four games. However, the USA should win this one quite comfortably due to the vast disparity in class and talent between the two squads.
Only the United States has scored more goals at this event than Panama, with the Canal Men defeating Qatar with four goals in the quarterfinals. The United States is a huge step up in class since they had previously defeated Martinique, Costa Rica, and El Salvador while drawing with them in the group stage.
The USA has a dismal record versus Panama; they last faced off in World Cup qualification last year, with the Americans winning 5-1. A depleted USA side is unlikely to win with such a resounding margin, but their aggressive style could lead to a 3-1 victory over Panama, who can score for the fourth straight match against the Americans.
Tip: BTTS (YES) / USA to win
USA to win – ❌
Both teams to score – ✅
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