FOLLOW LIVE: USMNT, Panama jockeying for Group B supremacy

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Group B play at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup concludes on Saturday, with the U.S. national team and Panama each seeking to finish top of the heap and book their preferred place in the quarterfinal round.

Up first, second-place Panama faces third-place Martinique (4:30 p.m. ET) at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by the group-leading USMNT versus last-place Nicaragua at 7 p.m. ET.

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Of added importance, a first- or second-place finish in Group B would mean delaying the inevitable — facing Mexico, the presumed winners of Group C — until the final. Finishing third in Group B is where you do not, under any circumstances, want to be: taking on El Tri in the quarterfinals on Thursday (should you finish as one of the two best-placed third-place teams).

Group B standings

1. USA — 4 points (+1 GD, 4 GF)
2. Panama — 4 points (+1 GD, 3 GF)
3. Martinique — 3 points (+1 GD, 4 GF)
4. Nicaragua — 0 points (-3 GD, 1 GF)