MNT Sets Sights on Gold Cup Semifinal Foe Jamaica

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Gold Cup - Semifinal
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, Georgia
July 22, 2015

U.S. MNT MEETS JAMAICA IN GOLD CUP SEMIFINAL: The U.S. Men’s National Team will faceoff with Jamaica in the semifinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday, July 22 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and UniMas.

The U.S. has reached the semifinal in 12 of the 13 previous Gold Cup tournaments. The team does so this year after defeating Cuba 6-0 in the quarterfinal. The team is 3-0-1 in this tournament after winning Group A with a 2-0-1 record. Jamaica reaches its third Gold Cup semifinal after a 1-0 shutout of Haiti in the other quarterfinal game in Baltimore.  Jamaica is 3-0-1 in this tournament and also was a group-winner, taking Group B on victories against Canada and El Salvador and a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica.

The MNT is 8-2-1 all-time in Gold Cup semifinal matches and has won its last five dating back to 2005.

The USA is 13-1-8 all-time against Jamaica. They have met three times in the Gold Cup, in which the USA holds a perfect 3-0-0 record. The teams last met in a 2013 World Cup qualifier, with the U.S. collecting a 2-0 triumph on goals from Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore.

The MNT has never played a match in the Georgia Dome. The United States will play in Georgia for only the third time in team history, and the first since the side defeated China 1-0 in a friendly at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium on Oct. 10, 1977. The U.S. also defeated Canada 1-0 at the same venue on Oct. 27, 1968.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

USA vs. Jamaica:

Last time out:

The USA cruised to a 6-0 victory against Cuba in the quarterfinal round in front of a crowd of 39,000 fans in Baltimore.

IN FOCUS: JAMAICA
Jamaican Football Federation
Founded: 1910
FIFA Affiliation: 1962
Head Coach: Winfried Schäfer
FIFA World Ranking: 76
Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage, 1998
Best Gold Cup Finish: Third place (Tie): 1993
Leading Cap-Winner: Warren Barrett (127)
Leading Goalscorer: Luton Shelton (35)

Jamaica Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska), Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)
DEFENDERS (6): Michael Hector (Reading), Lance Laing (FC Edmonton), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Rodolph Austin (Unattached), Simon Dawkins (Derby County), Joel Grant (Yeovil Town), Christopher Humphrey (Preston North End), Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orien), Garath McCleary (Reading), Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS (5): Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), Andre Clennon (Arnett Gardens), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United), Michael Seaton (Orebro)

JAMAICA NOTES:

Last time on the field against Jamaica:  
October 11, 2013 – Sporting Park – Kansas City, Kansas. – 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

USA                2          Graham Zusi, Jozy Altidore
JAM                0         

USA: 1-Tim Howard (capt.); 6-Brad Evans, 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (2-Edgar Castillo, 66); 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 8-Mix Diskerud, 13-Jermaine Jones, 10-Landon Donovan (19-Graham Zusi, 46); 9-Aron Johannsson (16-Sacha Kljestan, 72), 17-Jozy Altidore
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Michael Orozco, 12-Brad Guzan, 14-Terrence Boyd, 23-Kyle Beckerman
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

JAM: 1-DuWayne Kerr; 12-Demar Phillips, 19-Adrian Mariappa, 7-Westley Morgan, 3-Lloyd Doyley; 11-Darren Mattocks , 17-Rodolph Austin (capt.), 15-Je-Vaughn Watson (14-Theo Robinson, 73), 22-Deshorn Brown; 10-Joel McAnuff, 9-Ryan Johnson (21-Jermain Anderson, 85)
Substitutions Not Used: 2- Daniel Gordon, 4-Marvin Ellitott, 5-Alvas Powell, 6-Romario Campbell, 8-Jermaine Johnson, 13-Richard McCallum, 16-Jermaine Taylor, 18-Shaun Cummings, 20-Kemar Lawrence, 23-Gariece McPherson
Head coach: Winfried Schaefer