USA coach Bruce Arena, whose priority remains the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, has opted to rest several first-choice players from duty.
85' GOAL! Canada 4 - French Guiana 2: Canada settled down late in the game after that disastrous two-minute stretch when it conceded a pair of goals.
Dwyer got the US off to the flawless start in the second half after a disjointed opening 45 for the Americans.
Canada opened its CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with one of its best performances in recent history, showing glimpses of the dynamic attacking play that coach Octavio Zambrano has promised since being appointed back in March.
Those will be much tougher matches as Canada closes pool play on July 11 against Costa Rica in Houston and July 14 against Honduras in Dallas.
After Canada had gone up 3-0, Roy Contout and Sloan Privat scored two-minutes apart with about 20 minutes remaining. But there are still several players the USA will need to keep an eye on: Gabriel Torres who has 10 goals in 60 appearances and Gabriel Gomez who at the age of 33 has 12 goals and 132 caps to his name. "We needed another one".
That isn't to say that the Gold Cup roster lacks experience. "So I think if I'm on a good team, I'm going to score goals". It gives the teams another tournament to prepare for the World Cup qualifying Hexagonal, or Hex, and the World Cup proper instead of just playing friendlies (exhibition games).
Most people see it as a cash grab by CONCACAF but it's a good thing.
"Sometimes young players feel somewhat intimidated by the older players in a group". That said, if they don't improve on Saturday's lackluster showing, or if players like Hedges, Miazga or Lichaj don't step in and prove to be better options, the USA won't make it to the final.
The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup will kick off when Canada plays French Guiana later this evening.
French Guiana is an odd entrant in the Gold Cup.
The Gold Cup can even provide more exotic stories.
"My best Gold Cup memory is of the game at BMO Field in Toronto against Costa Rica two years ago", said Straith.
Dwyer started and played 90 minutes in his Gold Cup debut, as did his Sporting Kansas City teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. "To have my family there [from Victoria] and able to watch it live made it that much more special". Then the Alphonso Davies show began.
Arena says that during his years as an MLS coach, he often tried unsuccessfully to trade for McCarty. US are unbeaten in their last six home games with four wins, while Panama have won just once in their last eight travels, suffering five defeats.The hosts are tipped for victory at 15/20.