If you don’t want to sit alone in your room for soccer Saturday, at least five viewing parties will be held in the Southland for the live TV showing of the U.S.-Panama CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match.
The 1:30 p.m. match from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, will be televised in English by Fox and in Spanish by Univision and Univision Deportes Network.
The viewing parties will be held at:
— The Auld Dubliner, 2497 Park Ave., Tustin;
— Buffalo Wild Wings, 2548 E. Workman Ave., West Covina;
— 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz;
— Shannon’s On Pine, 209 Pine Ave., Long Beach; and
— Underground Pub & Grill, 1334 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.
The parties are organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams.
The match is the opener for both teams in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial championship of the North American, Central American and Caribbean region. The top two teams in each of the three four-team groups, plus the two best third-place finishers, advance to the quarterfinals.
The U.S. team consists of 17 players who play for Major League Soccer teams, four who play in Mexico and two in England.
The European-based players who usually play for the national team have been given time off from their national team duties until World Cup qualifying resumes Sept. 1 against Costa Rica.
The U.S. roster includes two players who played on the high school level in Los Angeles or Orange counties — Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes, a former standout at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, and Pachuca defender Jorge Villafana, a former Anaheim High standout.
Villafana assisted on Dom Dwyer’s 19th-minute goal in last Saturday’s 2- 1 victory over Ghana in an exhibition at East Hartford, Connecticut, while Zardes played the final 39 minutes in his first national team appearance since June 25, 2016.
Panama’s 23-player roster consists of eight players who play in Panama, four in MLS, two in Colombia, and one each in Honduras, Mexico, Portugal, Slovakia, Switzerland and Uruguay. Three players are unattached.
Panama midfielder Miguel Camargo is a teammate of U.S. goalkeeper Sean Johnson with MLS’ New York City FC while midfielder Armando Cooper is a teammate of U.S. defender Justin Morrow with MLS’ Toronto FC.
The U.S. is 35th on the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. Panama, known as Los Canaleros (“The Canal Men”) is 52nd.
The U.S. leads the series, 11-1-5. Each of the last three games has ended in a 1-1 tie, including a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier March 28. Six of the players of the U.S. roster for Saturday’s game played against Panama on March 28, while seven players on Panama’s roster faced the U.S.
—City News Service