Ben Margot/ AP United States gamers celebrate after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the Gold Cup final soccer match in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday
, July 27, 2017|1:30 a.m.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.– As the triumphant American gamers bounced so hard the podium shook, medals round their necks, a beaming Bruce Arena in the back raised his arms to the air right in addition to them as gold confetti began to fall.
The United States resurgence is off to a remarkable start because Arena returned late in 2015. Another CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, and now on to more crucial service: qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
Former Stanford star Jordan Morris scored a tiebreaking objective in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 2-1 on Wednesday night for its sixth Gold Cup title and initially because 2013.
Jozy Altidore’s objective on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute beat backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller after Jamaica captain Andre Blake left early with a hand injury.
Je-Vaughn Watson tied the score when he got away from Morris for a 4-yard volley off Kemar Lawrence’s 50th-minute corner kick.
Morris, who left close-by Stanford in his junior year, has actually won the 2015 NCAA title, the 2016 MLS championship with Seattle and now the 2017 Gold Cup. He got the breakthrough objective with a 14-yard right-footed shot after Gyasi Zardes crossed.
“I was nervous. It was my guy that scored on the goal, so I was aiming to offset it any way that I could,” Morris stated. “Clearly. I take obligation for that. However thankfully I might put one in the back of the web.”
Jermaine Taylor attempted to clear with a header and the ball was knocked by Clint Dempsey with a leg back to Morris. It was the 5th global goal for the 22-year-old Morris, who tied 16-year-old Canadian Alphonso Davies for the tournament lead with 3 objectives.
“That resembled a dagger in the heart,” Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore stated.
The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5) under Arena, who became the very first coach to win 3 Gold Cup titles.
“Bruce generated a brand-new energy,” goalkeeper Tim Howard stated. “He simply offered us an incredible lift.”
U.S. captain Michael Bradley made the Golden Ball at the competition’s top player.
The Americans had a possibility in the 19th minute when Altidore’s swerving 30-yard shot was parried by Blake, who dived left and after that beat Kellyn Acosta to the rebound at the 6-yard box. Acosta collided with Blake and appeared to kick the keeper’s right hand before Jamaica’s Damion Lowe cleared. Blake’s hand was covered however he could not continue and was changed by Miller four minutes later. As Blake left the field, he acknowledged the cheering fans with a wave of his left hand, then later on emerged for the medal ceremony with his hand bandaged after receiving 7 stitches. Nothing was broken.
“It was a very regrettable situation. Exactly what to state? Really unfortunate situation,” Whitmore stated.
Altidore put the United States ahead with a curling shot past Miller’s outstretched right-hand man into the upper corner of the net just beneath the crossbar, his 39th objective in 108 appearances.
Lawrence, who scored in a 1-0 semifinal win Sunday versus Mexico, took another corner kick in the 75th minute moments after Alvas Powell’s shot from close quarters deflected off Graham Zusi– a sequence that had Howard yelling at the defense.
Utilizing a lineup with about half its routine starters– the rest remain in preseason with European clubs– the U.S. reached its record 10th last. The Reggae Boyz were a surprising final challenger after they stunned Mexico in a semifinal Sunday to reach the title match for a 2nd straight time.
With 18 of 22 beginners from Big league Soccer, this was a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup semifinal won 2-1 by Jamaica at Atlanta. For the very first time considering that replacing Jurgen Klinsmann in November, Arena kept his lineup the same. He inserted the 34-year-old Dempsey in the 55th minute.
Pieces of turf came loose yet once again at Levi’s Stadium, the $1.2 billion, 3-year-old home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers. The field has actually been a continuous concern.
The Americans expect momentum built throughout this run as they prepare to resume World Cup certifying. The U.S faces Costa Rica in a rematch of the Gold Cup semifinal on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey, and play 4 days later at Honduras. The hex concludes versus Panama on Oct. 6 in Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad and Tobago 4 days after.
“We’re not anxious one bit about World Cup qualifying today. I can guarantee you that,” Bradley said. “This was about a group of guys winning a trophy and that’s been the only objective.”
Arena already was looking ahead.
“We’re a long method from getting approved for a World Cup, and that’s the goal, for sure,” he stated.