Jamaica eliminate USMNT from Gold Cup in shock 2-1 win

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by Deny Gallagher
USMNT Staff Writer

In undoubtedly the most disappointing performance in the Jurgen Klinsmann era, the United States fell 2-1 to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal.

The loss marks the first time since 2005 that the Americans have lost at this stage of the tournament.

Scoring the lone goal on the evening was Michael Bradley, who moved into a tie for 11th on the all time appearance list with Tim Howard.

In the early going, both teams pressed and defended as the game resembled one played in Kingston during the Hex rather than a Gold Cup match in the United States.

In the 30th minute, Jamaica was able to take advantage of an opportunity off of a Kemar Lawrence throw in. A flick off the top of Darren Mattock’s head looped over Brad Guzan and into the back netting to put the Jamaicans a goal up.

Five minutes later, Giles Barnes stunned the Georgia Dome when his free kick from just outside the 18 yard box zipped past Guzan to put the Reggae Boys up 2-0 with just under 10 minutes to go in the the first half.

It would not take long for the U.S. to get a goal back. In the 48th minute, Michael Bradley created an opportunity by combining with Aron Johannsson at the top of the box. Somehow, the ball found its way to Clint Dempsey whose shot was denied, but Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson was unable to save the effort cleanly. The botched save found Michael Bradley who finished the opportunity to get the Stars and Stripes a goal back.

Bradley was far from done in this one. The captain nearly drew the side level just before the hour mark. His effort from distance beat the keeper, but hit the inside of the post and bounced out to keep things at 2-1.

As the clock approached 90 minutes, the United States began to play balls over top out of pure desperation, and as stoppage time began, the U.S. could feel this one slipping away as the Jamaican back line remained unbreakable under constant siege from the American attack.

When the final whistle blew, it was the Reggae Boys who emerged victorious in Atlanta by a score of 2-1.

With the United States Gold Cup hopes dashed, there are many things Klinsmann will now have to think about. The most important of these being which team the Americans will face in the one game playoff to determine who will represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

  • no shock….told you all that the reggae boyz wer coming for you . More athletic and more dynamic…those lucky Mexicans are next. Just hope Geiger ain’t reffing!! Hahahaha