Gold Cup Final: U.S.-Jamaica (Video Gallery)



After wading through a largely lackluster collection of games in the group stages, the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup will conclude with the United States facing Jamaica at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday night (kickoff is scheduled for 9:50 Eastern; Fox Sports 1, UniMás and Univision).

The game is a rematch of the 2015 semifinal in which the Reggae Boyz upset the U.S. Jamaica, which has already been eliminated in regional World Cup qualifying, is again a surprise finalist, this time ousting favored Mexico in the semifinals (on a stunning free kick by New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence).

The U.S. is riding a three-game shutout streak after defeating Costa Rica, 2-0, last Saturday night in a dominant performance in Arlington, Tex. The story of that night was the play of super-sub Clint Dempsey, who came off the bench to assist on Jozy Altidore‘s eventual game-winner and then score a free kick goal that tied him with Landon Donovan as the men’s national team’s career-leading goal-scorer.

The U.S. is seeking its sixth confederation title and will be appearing is the first nation to reach a 10th Gold Cup final. The U.S. and Mexico have combined to win 12 of the 13 titles since the tournament took its current form in 1991 (Canada won in 2000).

For Dempsey, the record-tying goal came in front of nearly 30 family members and friends in his 136th cap for the U.S. Dempsey is from Nacogdoches, Tex., and as a youth player made the three-hour round trip most days to play for his club team in Dallas.

The U.S. enters the match win an 8-0-5 record since Bruce Arena took over as coach from Jurgen Klinsmann last November.

Below is a collection of videos, courtesy of U.S. Soccer, setting up the match:

Bruce Arena

Clint Dempsey

Michael Bradley

Tim Howard