United States vs Jamaica Live: The United States Men’s National Team takes on Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals on July 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. Get a report of the United States vs Jamaica 2019 International Friendly, International Friendly football match. Jozy Altidore has played just 99 minutes at the Gold Cup. But with the U.S. attack floundering, it’s time for him to replace Gyasi Zardes up front.
In a tightly contested quarterfinal the USMNT utilized Christian Pulisic’s well-worked cross to Weston McKennie in the 25th minute and staunch defending to grind out a 1-0 victory against Curaçao on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Playing not far from his hometown of Downingtown, Pa., Zack Steffen made five saves to earn Budweiser Man of the Match honors, combining with the back line for the team’s fourth consecutive shutout. With the win, the USA moved to 10-0-1 all-time in Gold Cup Quarterfinal matches and 25-7-5 in Knockout Round games in the tournament.
While the USA began the tournament with big wins against Guyana (4-0) and Trinidad & Tobago (6-0), the team’s defensive strength has shined in the last two matches, both 1-0 wins against Panama and Curaçao. The USA is the only side out of the tournament’s 16 participants not to concede a goal, while the four-straight clean sheets tied the USMNT record set in 2002 for most consecutive shutouts at the Gold Cup. The combination of goalkeeper Zack Steffen and the back line of Nick Lima, Walker Zimmerman, Aaron Long and Tim Ream have combined for three of the team’s four shutouts, while overall the USA hasn’t conceded a goal since the June 9 friendly against Venezuela, a stretch that spans 414 minutes of play.
Wednesday’s semifinal marks the third straight Concacaf Gold Cup where the USA will meet Jamaica in the Knockout Round. In 2015, the Reggae Boyz pulled off a 2-1 semifinal upset of the USA at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to advance to their first Gold Cup Final. Two years later, they returned to the championship match but fell 2-1 as the USMNT raised its sixth confederation championship trophy on July 26, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The teams also met less than a month ago in a Gold Cup tune-up, with Shamar Nicholson’s strike from distance serving as the difference in Jamaica’s 1-0 victory on June 5 at Audi Field. Knockout Round matches that are tied after minutes will require 30 minutes of extra time where teams will also be allowed a fourth substitution. Should games remain tied following extra time, a penalty kick shootout will decide the team that moves on.
Held every two years, the Gold Cup is the regional championship for Concacaf, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. Just like in the European Championships and Copa America, lifting the trophy brings prestige and regional supremacy. Over the course of 14 previous Gold Cup tournaments, the United States has lifted the trophy six times (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017), just one behind all-time leaders Mexico with seven (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015). Canada is the only other tournament champion, coming away with the title in 2000.
In the first of two Concacaf Gold Cup tune-up matches, the US men’s national team returns to Washington D.C. to meet Jamaica Wednesday night at Audi Field.Jamaica, which reached the Gold Cup final in each of its last two editions, figures to be a formidable foe. The Reggae Boyz are one of just two teams — Brazil being the other — to have beaten the US in the Gold Cup semifinals.The US will then head to Nippert Stadium to take on Venezuela Sunday before opening Gold Cup play against Guyana at Allianz Field on June 18.
Costa Rica’s Gold Cup run ended in the quarterfinals as La Sele was eliminated by Mexico via penalty-kick shootout.Despite the result, the Mexico game marked perhaps Costa Rica’s most complete performance under manager Gustavo Matosas. La Sele defended well and were able to generate a number of attacking chances, both on the counterattack and in the run of play.
Importantly, Costa Rica proved it can still compete with CONCACAF’s best despite its recent struggles. Were it not for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa — who made a key stop in extra time and the decisive save during penalty kicks — La Sele might have earned the victory.El Tri will face Haiti, which completed a comeback to defeat Canada, 3-2, and earn its first-ever Gold Cup semifinal berth. After his team fell behind 2-0, Duckens Nazon began the response with a goal and later provided an inch-perfect assist on the winner.
Haiti has come-from-behind wins in three matches already during the 2019 Gold Cup — against Bermuda, Costa Rica and Canada — so Mexico can expect a stiff challenge for all 90 minutes.On the other side of the bracket, a Darren Mattocks penalty kick sent Jamaica through against Panama, while the United States suffered through a lackluster second half but survived Curaçao, 1-0.
The semifinals are familiar territory for Jamaica, which reached the championship match in the 2015 and 2017 Gold Cups. But the Reggae Boyz will be without reliable defender Damion Lowe, who is suspended from the match due to yellow-card accumulation.