The U.S. and Mexico soccer teams will try to win their semifinal games and reach the Gold Cup championship match, while FC Cincinnati hopes to extend their already considerable lead in the MLS Eastern Conference standings – all games are taking place Wednesday.
CONCACAF Gold Cup
U.S. vs Panama, 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday in San Diego
Moneyline –U.S. -155, Draw +280, Panama +450
A victory would put the USMNT into the championship match for the ninth time in the past 10 Gold Cups — the Americans needed penalty kicks to get past Canada in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
The U.S. team have won 10 straight matches across all competitions, including their Nations League title run last month, and haven’t lost since a Jan. 25 friendly against Serbia. The U.S. has beaten Panama five of their past six meetings and are 18-4-3 overall against their Central American foes.
USMNT’s Jesus Ferreira leads Gold Cup scorers with six goals, which included successive hat tricks against Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Kitts and Nevis in Gold Cup group play. Also for the U.S., Brandon Vazquez has three goals and midfielder Djordje Mihailovic has two goals and a pair of assists.
Ismael Diaz leads the Panamanians with four goals, all of which he scored in the past two matches.
Jamaica vs Mexico, 10 p.m. ET Wednesday in Las Vegas
Moneyline – Jamaica +490, Draw +265, Mexico -155
Jamaica has done nothing but win after its opening draw against the U.S. in group play. They are led by four Premier League players — West Ham’s Michail Antonio, Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid, Everton’s Demarai Gray and Aston Villa’s Leon — Leon scored twice against Trinidad and Tobago.
The Reggae Boyz also can count on three-time MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake of the MLS club Philadelphia Union to help keep Mexico’s strikers in check.
The Mexicans are led by Orbelin Pineda and Erick Sanchez, who both scored against Costa Rica in the first knockout round game, and Santiago Gimenez (five goals in only 15 international matches) adds firepower off the bench.
Major League Soccer
FC Cincinnati (13-6-2) at New York Red Bulls (6-8-7), 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday
Moneyline – New York –106, Draw +250, FC Cincinnati +300
Cincy has cooled off lately, with two ties and a loss in its past three games — but they still own the best record in the league. Luciano Acosta leads FCC with 10 goals and seven assists this season, and the club ranks fourth in goal differential.
The Red Bulls are hanging on for dear life in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They’re currently in 10th place, one spot out of the 8-9 wild card spots, but with plenty of regular season games remaining.
Frankie Amaya leads the Red Bulls with three goals.
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