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US uses 4-goal 2nd half to beat Panama

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) Substitute Jerome Kiesewetter sparked the offense with a goal and an assist in the second half, and the United States beat Panama 4-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying on a rainy Tuesday night.

Already through to the semifinal round, the Americans didn't have much to play for and rested several of their starters. Scoreless at halftime, the U.S. caught a break early in the second half when Panama defender Fidel Escobar knocked in a crossing shot. Kiesewetter then scored three minutes later and Jordan Morris right after that.

Luis Gil wrapped up the scoring by converting a penalty kick, helping the Americans advance out of Group A with a 3-0 record. Canada finished second.


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