Gold Cup: USMNT Face Jamaica in Semis

Jul 18, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; United States forward Aron Johannsson (9) and Cuba defender Renay Malblanche (15) compete for the ball during a CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match at M&T Bank Stadium. The United States won 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The USMNT will face Jamaica in a CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-Final match in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, hoping to beat the Caribbean nation and set up a shot at defending their Gold Cup title.

The USA dispatched the Cuban team by a stunning scoreline of 6-0, albeit against a defection ravaged side from Havana. The Cubans were done about 10 minutes into the match, but the US kept pouring on the goals. 3 of the USA’s 6 were scored by Seattle’s own Clint Dempsey, and if Deuce can play as well as he did against the Cubans against Jamaica, the US should be heading to Philadelphia for the final.

The USMNT saw a young player score his first Gold Cup goal against Cuba when Aron Johannsson scored the 3rd goal of the day. The Icelandic born forward scored an excellent shot from range, and seemed to fit in well with the side. Johannsson was given the starting nod after Jozy Altidore was sent home due to a lack of match fitness, but Stars and Stripes fans will be hoping that getting the young forward going will bode well for his future with the USMNT.

It’s important to keep growing and get the opportunity to score goals, and when you have them put them in. That’s how he was throughout the game – he was hungry, he was waiting for the next opportunity.”- USMNT Manager Jurgen Klinsmann

Against Jamaica the USMNT will be favored once again, as they have been for most of the tournament, but it will come down to the play in midfield, as it usually does. Against Cuba, Toronto FC and USA midfielder Michael Bradley was masterful in controlling the match and pushing the tempo; if he continues where he left off the USA side should progress to the final.

The USMNT have won their last 3 matches against Jamaica, and fans will be confident that Tuesday’s match should end in another USA victory to set up a showdown with either Mexico or Panama in the Final.

A Gold Cup final against Mexico would be an enthralling and sensational affair, sure to guarantee a packed crowd in Philadelphia, and given that the USA and Mexico are regularly the best teams in CONCACAF, that final matchup would be fitting. It would be the 5th time that the USMNT have faced El Tri in a Gold Cup final, should that indeed be the case.

Here’s hoping for a win against Jamaica and a matchup with our neighbors to the South!

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