Marea Roja was ahead 3-0 within the opening hour, but the 10-man Gwada Boys came back and nearly earned a point.
Panama got off to an early lead in Gold Cup Group C with a 3-2 win against 10-man Guadeloupe. The Marea Roja stormed out to a comfortable lead over the first hour, but had to fend off a late surge in order to claim all three points.
Blas Perez opened the scoring on 29 minutes following an assist by Luis Tejada. Perez then became provider three minutes later as he set up Tejada for Panama's second. Things went from bad to worse for Guadeloupe when Mickael Tacalfred was sent off in the 38th minute, leaving the Gwada Boys down a man and two goals by halftime.
In the second half, Panama picked up where they had left off and had a third goal through Gabriel Gomez, who scored from the penalty spot in the 57th minute. Eight minutes later, Brice Jovial started Guadeloupe's comeback with a well-taken goal. The Le Havre forward completed his brace in the 79th minute to reduce the deficit to 3-2, but his efforts would ultimately come short. Panama avoided complete collapse as they claimed a narrow win.
The result sees the Marea Roja take an early lead in Group C, with three points. The winners next face the United States on Saturday. Guadeloupe, meanwhile, will hope to turn around its woes as they take on Canada in its next fixture.