They have some players who play for top flight clubs throughout Europe such as Southampton defender, Cuco Martina. Still, Canada have a woeful attack and will likely make the quarterfinals at best.
"This first game is crucial for us", said Straith, who will be looking to earn his 44th cap today. "They did a good job of frustrating us and (getting) balls in good areas for them and bad areas for us". We turned over way too much.
U.S. coach Bruce Arena, whose priority remains the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, has opted to rest several first-choice players from duty.
On the other side, French Guiana will have nothing to lose in what is going to be the most important game in the team's modest history.
"We didn't play well on the day". In March, after eight years of residence in the States, he gained American citizenship, finally allowing him to suit up for the USA, like his wife, Sydney Leroux, has done for the USWNT 75 times.
US manager Bruce Arena has a similar goal - namely to provide some additional experience for some fringe players. In fairness to Corona, the struggles of the midfield as a unit made things tough for him, and while he isn't blameless, he showed against Ghana that he can create when those around him are passing and moving well.
"It's just unfortunate", USA midfielder Alejandro Bedoya said. Arena was especially impressed by McCarty, whom he thought was man of the match. He was also instrumental in setting up Dwyer's goals.
Kellyn Acosta may be the ideal man to slot alongside Michael Bradley, but he wasn't a good mix on Saturday with Dax McCarty. "I was a bit nervous and shaken up at the start but I got my feet wet", said Davies. Kellyn Acosta scored a great free kick for his first global goal. He just became eligible for the USMNT after earning U.S. citizenship in March of this year.
The journey to determine the best team in the CONCACAF region begins with three groups of four teams.
A good midfielder with tenacity and leadership, Zusi is not quick enough to close down attackers at right back. So Dwyer opted to play college soccer in America, eventually landing at the University of South Florida, then with Sporting Kansas City in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Dom Dwyer put the U.S.in front with a 50th-minute strike, but the visitors immediately upped their game, and Miguel Camargo scored the tying goal in the 63rd minute.
Next up for the U.S.is a Wednesday match against Martinique in Tampa, Florida. Despite this, expectations will still be high given they are five-time winners and playing at home, but a lot will depend on how this experimental U.S. team gels.
Still, Arena knows something about winning in the Gold Cup.
Looking at the group it's a safe bet that they make it to the knockout rounds again (after the USA and Panama the group consists of Martinique and Nicaragua).