Jozy Altidore’s second-half goal saw the United States overcome Panama 1-0 to complete a perfect group-stage campaign at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.Altidore’s overhead kick in the 66th minute gave USA a third win from as many games in Group D, securing top spot and a quarter-final clash against Curacao.USA made 11 changes to their starting line-up and it showed, but Altidore – having squandered two great chances earlier – stepped up to secure three points in Kansas City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? While they were unconvincing, Gregg Berhalter’s USA did enough to complete the perfect group-stage campaign.With his 42nd career international goal, @JozyAltidore puts the #USMNT up vs. ! pic.twitter.com/dTjCUMubmR— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 27, 2019USA made a lively start as they pushed for an opening goal and it almost came through Altidore in the 16th minute.After Panama turned over possession, Jordan Morris played in Altidore, but the striker pulled his shot wide from an angle from inside the area.Altidore squandered another chance five minutes later, the striker putting a tame shot straight at Panama goalkeeper Jose Calderon after a Cristian Roldan cutback.Jonathan Lewis was denied by an excellent Fidel Escobar block, while Jose Fajardo fired wide for Panama on the counter-attack six minutes before half-time.Both teams struggled to begin the second half, leading to the introduction of USA star Christian Pulisic just after the hour-mark.The opener followed for USA after a corner as Altidore scored his 42nd international goal.The set-piece went uncleared and some poor defending from Panama led to Altidore producing an overhead kick from close range to make it 1-0.That was all USA needed, closing out a narrow victory as neither side created much of note in the closing stages. What does it mean? Job done for USAUSA simply needed to avoid defeat to secure top spot and the easier quarter-final clash, avoiding Jamaica. Berhalter’s side got the job done despite what was an unconvincing display.Changes could hurt USAUSA were beginning to find rhythm in wins over Guyana (4-0) and Trinidad and Tobago (6-0). Still, Berhalter opted to rest what is seemingly his preferred team and it remains to be seen whether that was the right decision.Altidore goal not enoughThe Toronto striker scored, but he also missed two chances in the first half. That is unlikely to be enough to earn him a start ahead of Gyasi Zardes, who has three goals at the tournament.What’s next?Both teams will play in Philadelphia on Sunday. USA take on Curacao, while Panama face Jamaica. read more
Gathering for the seventh Conference of the parties to the Convention on Climate Change from 29 October to 9 November, the participants will aim to translate the political principles reached at a meeting in Bonn last July into a detailed operational rulebook. They will also address how to increase the flow of financial and technological support to developing countries under the Convention. “The work of translating the Bonn Agreements into a detailed operational rulebook must be completed here in Marrakech,” said Michael Zammit Cutajar, the Convention’s Executive Secretary. “Certainty about the Kyoto Protocol’s rules will further motivate businesses and other economic actors to create the low-carbon economy of the future,” he said. “It will also clear the way for governments to ratify the Protocol and bring it into force. Marrakech should be turning point that enables the Protocol to move into high gear.” With the new funding and rules in place, the Parties to the Convention could start discussing the political issues that are likely to dominate the next few years, including the widespread desire to re-engage the United States in emissions limitation, the second period for emissions cuts under the Protocol (on which negotiations should start by 2005) and the prospects for expanding the group of countries with emissions targets, the UNFCCC said. The Kyoto Protocol will enter into force and become legally binding after it has been ratified by at least 55 parties to the Convention, with industrialized countries representing at least 55 per cent of the total 1990 carbon dioxide emissions from this group. So far, 39 countries have ratified, including one industrialized country, Romania.