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Late goal gives U.S. group win

Alejandro Bedoya can watch the rest of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after helping the U.S. avoid an embarrassing second-place finish in its group. Bedoya set up goals by Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe, and Matt Miazga’s close-range header in the 88th minute from Graham Zusi’s free kick gave the United States a 3-0 win over Nicaragua in Cleveland on Saturday night, just enough to leapfrog Panama for the Group B lead. Bedoya is among six players on the 23-man roster who will be replaced for the knockout phase. Goalkeeper Tim Howard and midfielder Michael Bradley watched from the stands and are among the players U.S. coach Bruce Arena plans to add, along with forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, midfielder Darlington Nagbe and goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez — whose approval to switch affiliation from Mexico to the U.S. was granted in late June. Nicaragua’s Luis Copete was ejected in the 85th minute for his second yellow card, and Luis Galeano was receiving treatment for an injury, giving the U.S. a two-man advantage when Zusi took his free kick from about 30 yards. Miazga, a 21-year-old Chelsea defender playing his first international match since May 2016, made a diagonal run from the outside and had an open 4-yard header to score his first goal in three national team appearances.

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