Gold Cup: U.S. knock off Jamaica to advance to finals
NASHVILLE – Enduring muggy conditions and an 88-minute weather delay in the middle of the first half, the U.S. Men’s National Team battled past Jamaica 3-1 before 28,473 rain-soaked fans at Nissan Stadium. Christian Pulisic earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors with a pair of second half goals, piggybacking on Weston McKennie’s opener to advance the USA to a tournament-record 11th Concacaf Gold Cup Final.
The United States will square off against archrival Mexico, which needed overtime to beat Haiti 1-0 in Tuesday’s initial semifinal, for the regional title. Kickoff from Soldier Field in Chicago for the first USA-Mexico Gold Cup final since 2011 is set for 9 p.m. ET. The sold-out match will be broadcast on FS1, Univision, UDN and Futbol de Primera Radio Network.
U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter made a quartet of changes to the starting XI that took down Curacao 1-0 in the quarterfinal, bringing in Jozy Altidore up top and Jordan Morris to the midfield plus Reggie Cannon and Matt Miazga in the back line. Berhalter also continued to rotate the captain’s armband, this time handing it to Tim Ream – one of nine different players to captain the U.S. in 2019 – for the second time this year.
It wasn’t perfect, but what did the U.S. improve on from its previous match?
Soccer-fest! Super Sunday features 3 awesome matches
11 am ET: United States vs. Netherlands, Women’s World Cup final
The day starts with the US women’s national team in a World Cup final. After dispatching of England and France in their last two thrilling knockout round games, the United States are one win away from capturing their fourth World Cup title. Tune into FOX (or Telemundo)!
4 pm ET: Brazil vs. Peru, Copa América final
Brazil face Peru in the Copa América final on ESPN+ and Telemundo, and several MLSers will be working to pull off an upset of the host nation at Rio de Janeiro’s Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, better known as the mighty Maracanã. New York City FC‘s Alexander Callens, Seattle Sounders star Raul Ruidiaz and Portland Timberswinger Andy Polo were all on the bench for Peru’s impressive 3-0 semifinal win over defending champs Chile and will hope for a role in the final, while former Orlando City midfielder Yoshi Yotun scored Los Incas‘ second goal and is likely to feature again.
9 pm ET: United States vs. Mexico, Gold Cup final
It’s the final we’ve all been waiting for: the United States vs. Mexico in the Gold Cup final. Mexico needed penalties to beat Costa Rica and extra time to top Haiti but they made it through. The United States struggled in a 1-0 win over Curacao then looked better in a 3-1 win over Jamaica. But here we are right where we want to be. Can the US successfully defend their Gold Cup crown?
Which match tops our to-do list on Sunday?
U.S. Youth Soccer sets National Presidents Cup schedule
Age Groups: 13U-18U Boys and GirlsLocation:
Richard Siegel Soccer Complex
515 Chery Lane Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
|July 10||Team Registrations; Player Event|
|July 11-13||Preliminary Play|
|July 14||Consolation and Final Matches|
Team Check-In/Player Event (July 10)
Location: Charles M. Murphy Center at Middle Tennessee State University
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