The 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinal round kicks off on Wednesday with the U.S. men’s national team facing off with Panama.
After outlasting Canada in Sunday’s quarterfinal showdown, B.J. Callaghan’s squad now turns their sights towards a Panama squad seeking a first finals appearance since 2013. Panama steamrolled Qatar 4-0 on Saturday thanks to Edgar Barcenas’ opening goal paired with Ismael Diaz’s first international hat trick.
The USMNT needed a late tying goal to force a penalty shootout before Matt Turner made two key saves in the 3-2 result. Brandon Vazquez scored his third goal of the competition while Gianluca Busio and James Sands also impressed in the victory.
Jamaica and Mexico go head-to-head on the other side of the bracket with the chance of a finals berth. Jamaica remains unbeaten in the 2023 Gold Cup ahead of its clash with El Tri and will look to reach its first final since 2017.
Jamie Lozano’s squad cruised to a 2-0 victory against Costa Rica in their quarterfinal matchup, but will face a dangerous Jamaican attack led by in-form Demarai Gray.
Major League Soccer rages on with a busy midweek slate of action kicking off Matchday 23.
In the Eastern Conference, Nashville SC hosts sixth place Philadelphia Union in a battle of two conference contenders. With just four points separating the two clubs, Wednesday’s match will be crucial at Geodis Park.
Nashville SC suffered a shocking defeat to 11th-place Chicago Fire at the weekend while the Philadelphia Union lost 3-1 at the LA Galaxy.
San Jose’s home showdown with the Seattle Sounders is also a must-watch affair despite several players missing due to Gold Cup involvement.
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Here is a look at This Week’s Top 5 Matches to Watch, as well as a full rundown of This Week’s Soccer on TV and Online:
This Week’s Top 5 Matches to Watch
1. United States vs. Panama – The USMNT is just one match away from reaching the Concacaf Gold Cup Final for a second-consecutive edition.
2. Jamaica vs. Mexico – Jamaica and Mexico square off for a chance to play for the Gold Cup trophy.
3. Los Angeles FC vs. St. Louis City SC – Defending MLS champions Los Angeles FC hosts the No. 1 seed St. Louis CITY SC for the first time.
4. Nashville SC vs. Philadelphia Union – Hany Mukhtar and Daniel Gazdag headline the endless attacking talent for both Eastern Conference clubs.
5. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC – After back-to-back draws, the San Jose Earthquakes welcome second place Seattle to town.
HERE for this weeks’ schedule: