Jamaica eliminated USA from the 2015 Gold Cup in a heated semifinals on Wednesday.
USA took 60 percent of possessions, earned 11 corners and out-shot Jamaica 20-10 in Georgia Dome, Atlanta. Statistically, they had the edge over their opponent. Only to turn their numbers into dismay.
Jamaica notched up two stunning goals in the first half, and USA rallied behind with one.
Despite all the odds and favorable numbers on their side, USA still failed to deliver, much to the disappointment of their fans and supporters.
The goalscorers for Jamaica were Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes, who netted a powerful freekick five minutes after the first goal to double the lead. Michael Bradley reduced the margin in the 3rd minute of the second half, making the most of an error committed by the Jamaican custodian Ryan Thompson to fire home from a close range.
The defeat against Jamaica means the U.S. will now have to win a playoff against Jamaica, Mexico or Panama in October to secure a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup.
The Reggae boys advanced to their first Gold Cup final at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday and await the winners of the second Mexico-Panama semifinal clash.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann now faces a stiff challenge to guide his side to the Confederation Cup. His team was outsmarted by the Jamaicans in the first half only. The former German internationals strategy will come under scanner now, as his side failed to equalize in the second half against a stubborn Jamaican defense after reducing the margin early in that session. The reigning champions’ defense didn’t live up to the expectations in the first half.
U.S. will clash for the 3rd place against the loser of the second semifinal on Saturday.