Jozy Altidore scored on an overhead kick in his first start for the national team in 20 months, lifting the United States over Panama 1-0 Wednesday night as the Americans finished first in their CONCACAF Gold Cup group.
Playing before a crowd in Kansas City, Kan., that included Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in a U.S. Soccer jersey, Altidore got the goal from 2 yards following a corner kick in the 66th minute that was redirected by Matt Miazga.
Coming back from a hamstring injury that slowed him at the start of training camp, the Altidore, 29, scored his 42nd goal in 113 international appearances.
The United States went 3-0 in group play and outscored opponents 11-0. The 30th-ranked Americans play No. 79 Curacao in the quarterfinals at Philadelphia on Sunday, and the winner faces Jamaica or Haiti in the semifinals.
In the early game in Kansas City, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, both already eliminated, drew 1-1.
MLS: Valeri Qazaishvili scored a goal in each half and the Quakes, playing their first game in 18 days because of a league break for the Gold Cup, beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at Avaya Stadium. Next up for San Jose, which extended its unbeaten streak to five games: The annual California Clasico against the LA Galaxy on Saturday at Stanford Stadium. … Wayne Rooney sent a 70-yard shot over the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Brian Rowe in the 10th minute and host D.C. United held on for a 1-0 victory over Orlando City.
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