Gold Cup semi-final report: Jamaica 1 United States 3

Tanya Simon
July 6, 2019

It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led United States of America and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute.

"I think we lost the game in the center of the park tonight", Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said after the match. "I thought in other moments when it came time to deal with them throwing everything forward, to deal with their athleticism, their physicality, I thought we did a good job with that".

The victor plays Mexico on Sunday in Chicago.

The U.S. conceded for the first time all tournament and finished with 16 shots, the same as Jamaica.

The U.S.is 6-4 in Gold Cup finals, including 1-4 against Mexico with a win in 2007 and losses in 1993, '98, '09 and '11.

The bright USA opening was halted four minutes later when an electrical storm rolled into the region. That stretch included an opening goal from McKennie, assisted by Altidore.

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Unlike that encounter, however, the highest pedigree playmakers were on the field for both teams, and the USA perhaps just had a couple more of them.

Jamaica came into themselves after the restart and created their first chance when Leon Bailey got behind the United States defence, but he scoffed his shot. Shamar Nicholson scored for the Boyz in the 69th minute. The Reggae Boyz were trying to reach their third straight Gold Cup final following loses to Mexico in the 2015 championship game and the U.S shutout streak.

The loss by the Jamaican side that had beaten the U.S. team in a friendly before the competition, sets up a showdown between El Tri Mexico and the U.S. men's soccer team this Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Altidore and Cannon had earned starts along with attacker Jordan Morris, and central defender Matt Miazga's as part of Berhalter's lineup shuffle.

McKennie's goal developed from a long pass from Michael Bradley to Reggie Cannon on the side of the penalty area. Blake parried it away, but it went right into the path of Pulisic, who couldn't miss from five yards out. Zardes turned the ball over in his own half and after the ball made its way to Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, Bailey delivered a great cross that Shamar Nicholson headed home to make it 2-1.

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