Nicaragua 0 - USMNT 3

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Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

The USMNT left FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday night as the champions of Group B in the 2017 Gold Cup with a 3-0 win vs. Nicaragua.

The Americans opened the tournament with a disappointing draw against Panama, and they barely eeked out a win against Martinique.

With Panama's 3-0 victory over Martinique earlier in the day, Team USA knew coming into the showdown with Nicaragua it needed to win by at least three goals to claim the top spot in Group B. The pressure was lessened since the US had already secured a spot in the knockout phase. Bedoya whipped in a cross that found Joe Corona at the top of the penalty box and after dancing around a pair of defenders, the Club Tijuana midfielder fired past goalkeeper Justo Lorente for the game's first goal.

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Group B concludes with the USMNT taking 1st-place with Panama 2nd on the goals scored tiebreaker. The Americans play their quarterfinal Wednesday in Philadelphia against a third-place team from another group, likely Honduras, El Salvador or Jamaica; a second-place finish would have meant a U.S. -Costa Rica matchup. Bedoya intercepted a pass deep in Nicaragua's end and tried working a combination with Dwyer.

The U.S.is coming off a 3-2 victory over Martinique Wednesday.

United States did double its lead in the 56th minute. Coach Bruce Arena is expected to avail himself of several additions to his roster - each team is allowed to add six players for the knockout stages.

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Dwyer was dragged down by Marlon Lopez for the first spot-kick, but the forward's penalty was too narrow and at a good height for Lorente.

The chances continued to mount for the U.S. MNT and the third goal came in the 88th minute. On the ensuing free kick, Miazga scored the dramatic match-winner for his first US goal.

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