The USA will now face Qatar on Thursday, July 29 at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinals. Qatar won Group D with seven points and defeated El Salvador 3-2 in the quarterfinals. The winner will face the winner of the other semifinal between Canada and Mexico in the tournament final.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
USA – MATTHEW HOPPE (Cristian Roldan), 83rd minute: After being denied twice on point-blank strikes with each foot, Hoppe used his head to break the deadlock late. Kellyn Acosta played toward Roldan just inside the right side of the box and the midfielder chipped the ball to the far post. Blake came off his line but couldn’t clear it and the ball went just beyond Gyasi Zardes’s jump but right into the path of Hoppe, who headed it in at the near post for the game-winner. USA 1, JAM 0
KEY DEFENSIVE PLAYS AND SAVES:
JAM – ANDRE BLAKE, 22nd minute: Miles Robinson lifted a ball towards the top of the box where Dike did well to battle two defenders. The ball fell left to Hoppe, who hit a solid left-footed strike from 10 yards out towards the near post, but Blake reacted quickly, diving to his right to push the ball wide for a corner.
USA - MATT TURNER, 39th minute: Picking up a loose ball outside the area, Junior Flemmings turned towards goal, cut back on Kellyn Acosta and hit a dipping shot from the arc toward the right side of the net. A yard off his line, Turner dove full-stretch, parrying the ball wide with his left hand to keep the game level.
Tonight’s Starting XI had an average age of 12 caps and 23 years, 280 days, which stands as the second-youngest USMNT lineup in a tournament knockout round match following only the XI that took the field in last month’s Concacaf Nations League Semifinal against Honduras (23 years, 259 days). It was also the sixth-youngest USMNT lineup in official competition.
Gregg Berhalter made two changes from the Starting XI that faced Canada last Sunday, reinserting forwards Paul Arriola and Matthew Hoppe.
Captaining the USMNT for the first time tonight, Arriola is the 14th different player to wear the armband under Gregg Berhalter.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner, as well as defenders Shaq Moore and Miles Robinson started for the fourth-straight match.
Playing for the USMNT in his hometown just a day after his 26th birthday, Kellyn Acosta played in his 12th consecutive match for the USA tonight. He is the only player to appear in all 11 matches for the USMNT in 2021.
At 19 years, 58 days, Gianluca Busio becomes the second youngest player to start for the USMNT in a Gold Cup Knockout Round match. Juan Agudelo was the youngest at 18 years, 221 days during the 2011 Gold Cup Semifinal vs. Panama on June 22, 2011.
The USA is 18-3-8 all-time against Jamaica and 6-1-0 against the Reggae Boyz in Gold Cup play.
The USMNT is 24-6-3 in 33 matches under Berhalter.
-U.S. MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT-
Match: United States Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: July 25, 2021
Competition: 2021 Gold Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: AT&T Stadium; Arlington, TX
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. local time)
Weather: 90 degrees; clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 1 1
JAM 0 0 0
USA – Matthew Hoppe (Cristian Roldan) 83rd minute
USA: 1-Matt Turner; 3-Sam Vines, 16-James Sands, 12-Miles Robinson; 20-Shaq Moore (2-Reggie Cannon, 84), 23-Kellyn Acosta, 6-Gianluca Busio, 11-Daryl Dike (9-Gyasi Zardes, 63); 17-Sebastian Lletget, 13-Matthew Hoppe (8-Nicholas Gioacchini, 84), 7-Paul Arriola (Capt.) (10-Cristian Roldan, 63)
Substitutes not used: 18-Sean Johnson, 22-Brad Guzan, 14-Jackson Yueill, 15-Jonathan Lewis, 19-Eryk Williamson, 21-George Bello, 24-Henry Kessler
Head coach: Gregg Berhalter
JAM: 1-Andre Blake (Capt.), 5-Alvas Powell (8-Oniel Fisher, 28), 17-Damion Lowe, 6-Liam Moore, 20-Kemar Lawrence; 12-Junior Flemmings (21-Tyreek Magee, 86), 22-Devon Williams, 16-Daniel Johnson, 15-Blair Turgott (11-Shamar Nicholson, 74); 9-Cory Burke (14-Andre Gray, 74), 10-Boby Reid
Substitutes not used: 13-Dillon Barnes, 23-Dennis Taylor, 2-Lamar Walker, 3-Michael Hector, 4-Amari'I Bell, 7-Leon Bailey, 19-Adrian Mariappa
Head coach: Theodore Whitmore
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 11 / 10
Shots on Goal: 5 / 5
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 7
Fouls: 10 / 13
Offside: 0 / 4
JAM – Cory Burker (caution) 30th minute
JAM – Blair Turgott (caution) 50
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
4th Official: Selvin Brown (HON)
U.S. Soccer Insiders Man of the Match: Matthew Hoppe