U.S. tops Nicaragua, finishes atop Group B in Gold Cup

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Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored his first global goal to aid the United States in their 3-0 win over Nicaragua in Saturday's Group B finale of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Cleveland, Ohio.

Panama's 3-0 win over Martinique meant the USA needed a three-goal win to move back over Los Canaleros into first. The Group B runners-up will face Costa Rica, while the winners get a third-placed team, with both games set for Wednesday in Philadelphia.

The U.S. has won its group in 13 of 14 Gold Cups, finishing second to Panama in 2011.

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At this stage of group play, getting the win was the most important thing for the United States. Matt Miazga headed in the USMNT's third goal. The changes included D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid, whose previous appearance came in November 2014 against Ireland. Corona, the late runner, took one touch forward and a pair of touches to his right to dodge two defenders. Bedoya intercepted a pass deep in Nicaragua's end and tried working a combination with Dwyer. His shot attempt was deflected, but the ball rolled to Bedoya who played a flawless pass between two defenders to Kelyn Rowe. Corona's bid, though, was worse than Dwyer's, a low attempt too close to the middle of the net, allowing Lorente to stuff it.

The U.S. had a two-man advantage when Zusi took his free kick from about 30 yards because Luis Copete was ejected in the 86th minute for his second yellow card and Luis Galeano was receiving treatment for an injury.

When play resumed, Zusi sent a flawless free kick that the former Red Bulls defender Miazga ran on to inside the six-yard box at the near post and planted a header past Lorente to make the score 3-0 and give the US the margin it needed to capture Group B and avoid a quarterfinal against Costa Rica on Wednesday night.

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