USA Reaches Tournament-Record 11th Concacaf Gold Cup Final With 3-1 Win Against Jamaica In NashvilleMatch Report
McKennie Notches Second Goal in as Many Games While Pulisic Brace Caps Scoring;
USA and Mexico Will Contest Gold Cup Final in Chicago on July 7 at 9 p.m. ET (FS1, Univision, UDN, Futbol de Primera Radio Network)
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Weston McKennie (Jozy Altidore), 9th minute: Michael Bradley initiated the attacking sequence with a perfectly weighted long ball toward the right side of the box for Reggie Cannon to run on to. Cannon volleyed the ball across the middle of the box for Altidore whose touch carried it into the path of the crashing McKennie. At full steam toward the goal, McKennie took one touch to settle the ball before blasting it past Andre Blake into the left side of the net for his third international goal. USA 1, JAM 0 [WATCH]
USA – Christian Pulisic, 52nd minute: Weston McKennie spotted the run of Jordan Morris and played a through-ball from central midfield into the top of the box where Morris took a touch, put on a burst of speed to get past his defender and fired a sharp-angle shot that Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake could only parry into the path of a crashing Pulisic, who controlled his body to send a sliding volley into the open net. USA 2, JAM 0 [WATCH]
JAM – Shamar Nicholson (Leon Bailey), 69th minute: Jamaica won the ball at midfield and counter attacked down the right side through Bailey, who was able to clip a cross between two defenders into the center of the box. Waiting was Nicholson, who snapped a header down to the left side of the goal between Steffen and the post. USA 2, JAM 1 [WATCH]
USA – Christian Pulisic, 87th minute: Pulisic carried the ball into the Jamaica penalty area but his centering pass rolled outside the top left of the box. Paul Arriola chased it down and sent a blistering shot toward the right post that forced Blake into a diving parry. However, he once again pushed the ball right to Pulisic who golfed his shot into the ground, bouncing it into the far side netting for his 13th career goal. USA 3, JAM 1 [WATCH] FINAL
The USMNT is 8-2-1 in 2019, having kept a clean sheet in seven of the eight wins.
The USMNT is 26-7-5 all-time in the Gold Cup knockout rounds and 10-3-1 in semifinal matches.
The USA is 16-3-8 all-time against Jamaica and 5-1-0 in Gold Cup play.
The win sends the U.S. to its 11th Gold Cup finals appearance, the most of any Concacaf nation.
The USA extended its record streak by scoring in its 29th consecutive Gold Cup match. The U.S. has not been shut out in the competition since the 2009 Gold Cup final.
The victory marked the USA’s 10th straight in Concacaf Gold Cup play (July 12, 2017-July 3, 2019), extending a new team record for consecutive wins at the confederation championship.
The USMNT has won five consecutive games, their longest winning streak since winning five straight in the 2017 Gold Cup.
Shamar Nicholson’s 69th minute goal was the first conceded by the USMNT at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and ended the team’s shutout streak at 483 minutes.
USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes to the starting XI, inserting defenders Reggie Cannon and Matt Miazga along with forwards Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris.
Seven players in the starting XI have contributed either a goal or assist in the tournament so far: Pulisic (3g, 3a), Arriola (2g, 1a), Long (2g), McKennie (2g, 1a), Morris (2a), Altidore (1g, 1a), Bradley (1a).
Just four players in tonight’s starting lineup appeared in 1-0 defeat to Jamaica on June 5 in Washington, D.C.: Arriola, Miazga, Ream and Steffen.
Altidore and Morris scored in the last Gold Cup meeting with the Reggae Boyz, a 2-1 victory in the 2017 final on July 26, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The U.S. starting XI had an average age of 25 years, 171 days and 40 caps.
Christian Pulisic scored goals in the 52nd and 87th minutes to take his career tally to 13. The 20-year-old also moved into a tie with Gyasi Zardes for the joint team scoring lead at the 2019 Gold Cup with three goals.
Christian Pulisic has registered a Gold Cup-leading three assists (tied with Canada’s Alphonso Davies) in the 2019 tournament. With his next assist, he will become the 12th player in USMNT history with 10+ goals and 10+ assists for his country, joining: Landon Donovan (57g, 58a), Clint Dempsey (57g, 21a), Jozy Altidore (42g, 13a), Eric Wynalda (34g, 16a), Brian McBride (30g, 10a), Michael Bradley (17g, 23a), Joe-Max Moore (24g, 14a), Cobi Jones (15g, 22a), DaMarcus Beasley (17g, 13a), Earnie Stewart (17g, 10a) and Eddie Lewis (10g, 16a).
Michael Bradley made his 24th Gold Cup appearance, tying Clint Dempsey for second on the USMNT’s all-time tournament caps list.
Making his second start of the tournament, Altidore returned to the same stadium where he became the youngest USMNT player to record a hat trick, with the then 19-year-old recording all three goals in a 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Trinidad & Tobago on April 1, 2009.
Jozy Altidore’s assist on McKennie’s goal was the 14th of his international career, moving him into a tie with Joe-Max Moore and Tab Ramos for eighth on the USMNT’s all-time assist list. It's his first international assist since June 2017.
Tim Ream captained the USMNT for the second time in his international career.
Arriola and Zardes made their team-leading 10th appearances of 2019.
- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -
Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: July 3, 2019
Competition: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup; Semifinals
Venue: Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tennessee
Kickoff: 9:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
JAM 0 1 1
USA – Weston McKennie (Jozy Altidore) 9th minute
USA – Christian Pulisic 52
JAM – Shamar Nicholson (Leon Bailey) 69
USA – Christian Pulisic 87
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 14-Reggie Cannon, 19-Matt Miazga, 23-Aaron Long, 13-Tim Ream (capt.); 4-Michael Bradley; 8-Weston McKennie, 10-Christian Pulisic; 11-Jordan Morris (15-Cristian Roldan, 70), 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Gyasi Zardes, 56), 7-Paul Arriola (16-Daniel Lovitz, 88)
Substitutes not used: 12-Sean Johnson, 22-Tyler Miller, 2-Nick Lima, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 5-Walker Zimmerman, 6-Wil Trapp, 18-Jonathan Lewis, 20-Djordjie Mihailovic, 21-Tyler Boyd
Head Coach: Gregg Berhalter
JAM: 1-Andre Blake (capt.); 5-Elvis Powell, 14-Shaun Francis, 3-Michael Hector, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 22-Devon Williams, 7-Leon Bailey, 15-Je-Vaughn Watson; 10-Darren Mattocks (18-Brian Brown, 74), 16-Peter Vassell (4-Andrew Lewis, 83), 12-Junior Flemmings (11-Shamar Nicholson, 65)
Substitutes not used: 23-Amal Knight, 13-Dwayne Miller, 17-Damion Lowe, 2-Jamoi Topey, 21-Kevon Lambert, 19-Tyreek Magee, 9-Ricardo Morris, 8-Maalique Foster, 6-Dever Orgill
Head coach: Theodore Whitmore
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 16 / 16
Shots on Goal: 9 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 18
Offside: 0 / 0
USA – Weston McKennie (caution) 31st minute
JAM – Je-Vaughn Watson (caution) 39
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution) 43
JAM – Junior Flemmings (caution) 43
JAM – Peter Vassell (caution) 49
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Francisco Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran Santos (SLV)
4th Official: Said Martinez (HON)
ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic