Boyz out of Gold Cup
Jamaica's 2021 Gold Cup campaign ended last night as they were defeated 1-0 by the United States in their quarter-final game at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Matthew Hoppe scored the winning goal seven minutes from time as the United States booked a semi-final date with Qatar on Thursday. The hosts denied Jamaica a fourth straight trip to the semi-finals
National senior men's head coach Theodore Whitmore made a few changes to the side that lost to Costa Rica last Tuesday with Bobby Reid returning to the starting line-up after missing out on the last two games because of medical reasons. Leon Bailey was left out of the 11 because of an injury.
Jamaica were on the attack from the opening whistle, managing to generate a chance within 14 seconds after kickoff when Reid managed to force a save from Matt Turner. The effort was later ruled offside. In fact, they had six shots with five of them on target in the first half with Junior Flemmings coming close in the 38th minute with a curling shot that forced an excellent save out of US goalkeeper Matt Turner. The resulting corner saw Cory Burke's header being comfortably saved by Turner. Two minutes later Kemar Lawrence managed to find Reid. However, his tame shot went straight to Turner.
The best chance that the United States had in the first half came when Hoppe's low drive forced a save from goalkeeper Andre Blake.
While the second half started with Jamaica on the front foot it was the United States who grew more into the game and started to get players into the Boyz's attacking third. Hoppe again tested Blake with a low shot then second-half substitute Gyasi Zardes forced another brilliant save from Blake. With the game seemingly headed towards extra-time, Hoppe finally got his reward in the 83rd minute when he leapt high over Oneil Fisher to head a cross into the net for the game winner.
The end of the Concacaf Gold Cup campaign for the Reggae Boyz means that all attention will now be turned towards the final round of World Cup qualifiers starting in September.