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Stars and Stripes in KC: A history of the U.S. Men's National Team in Kansas City

The U.S. Men’s National Team will take on Panama in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup tonight at 8 p.m. CT at Children’s Mercy Park. Tickets for the highly anticipated doubleheader, which begins with a 5:30 p.m. CT battle between Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, are available at SeatGeek.com.

This will be the eighth time Kansas City has hosted the Men’s National Team. Let's take a look at the previous seven times the U.S. MNT has visited Kansas City.

Nov. 2, 1968: W 6-2 vs. Bermuda

The U.S. Men’s National Team beat Bermuda 6-2 in a World Cup Qualifier at Municipal Stadium. Goals for the U.S. came from a Peter Millar hat trick, a Gerard Baker brace and a Willy Roy strike. This win allowed the U.S. to finish first in Group 1 and advance to the semifinal round of qualifying, where they were knocked out by Haiti.

April 25, 2001: W 1-0 vs. Costa Rica

The U.S. Men’s National Team faced Costa Rica in a revenge match on April 25, 2001 at Arrowhead Stadium. The U.S. came in strong after a devastating loss the previous year to Costa Rica in the semifinal round of qualifying. Josh Wolff, who eventually joined the Kansas City Wizards, scored the game-winner for the U.S. in the 70th minute to defeat Costa Rica and qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

June 14, 2011: W 1-0 vs. Guadeloupe

The U.S. Men’s National Team appeared at Children’s Mercy Park for the first time to face Guadeloupe in the last group stage game of the 2011 Gold Cup. Jozy Altidore scored in the ninth minute to allow the U.S. to secure the win 1-0 and advance to the quarterfinals. The U.S. defeated Jamaica in the quarterfinals and Panama in the semifinals, but lost to Mexico in the final.

Oct. 16, 2012: W 3-1 vs. Guatemala

Kansas City welcomed the U.S. Men’s National Team again at Children’s Mercy Park to take on Guatemala in the 2014 World Cup qualifying Hexagonal. Guatemala scored early to go up 1-0, but the U.S. fought back with a brace from Clint Dempsey and another goal from Carlos Bocanegra to defeat Guatemala 3-1.

Oct. 11, 2013: W 2-0 vs. Jamaica

Sporting Kansas City star Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore helped lead the U.S. National Team to a 2-0 victory over Jamaica at Children’s Mercy Park. These goals put the Yanks at the top spot in the Hexagonal and punched a ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Zusi scored the game-winner in front of a sellout crowd, with center back Matt Besler helping secure a shutout in his first international match at Children’s Mercy Park.

July 13, 2015: T 1-1 vs. Panama

Children’s Mercy Park played host to two Gold Cup Group A finales. Haiti opened the night with a 1-0 defeat over Honduras, and the nightcap included the 1-1 draw between the U.S. and Panama. Blas Perez gave Panama an early 1-0 lead, but Michael Bradley fought back with a goal for the United States to force a draw.

May 28, 2016: W 4-0 vs. Bolivia

The U.S. National Team finished their Copa America Centenario warmup at Children’s Mercy Park with a 4-0 victory over Bolivia. Gyasi Zardes had a brace, John Brooks added one and Christian Pulisic became the youngest to score a goal in U.S. MNT history.

June 26, 2019: U.S. MNT vs. Panama

Children’s Mercy Park will play host once again for the U.S. Men’s National Team when they take on Panama later this month. The United States holds a 12-1-6 all time record against Panama and is 5-1-4 against them in Gold Cup play. The U.S. faced Panama earlier this year on Jan. 27 and earned a 3-0 victory.

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