US 2-0 Jamaica: Team Moves on to CONCACAF Gold Cup Seminfinals
The US defeated Jamaica 2-0 on Sunday at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Jermaine Jones got his first-ever goal for the US in the 49th minute. It came from a 19-yard blast though traffic that also was deflected by the Jamaican defense. Jones’ goal ended up the game-winner for the US.
“The first goal you score with the national team is special, and even more so that it was a very important goal for us tonight,” said Jones. “I’m very proud of that, and I hope a few more will come.”
Jermaine Taylor was sent off with a straight red after supposedly bringing Jermaine Jones down in the 67th minute when the US midfielder intercepted a pass. As he pushed the ball forward and broke past the last defender, Taylor lunged from behind; Jones went tumbling. But replays show there was never any contact or minimal contact if any and the US midfielder seemed to have pushed the ball too far forward, and most likely would not have been able to get to it before the ‘keeper Ricketts would have collected it. Nonetheless, Jamaica had to play the remainder of the match with 10 men.
Clint Dempsey got his second goal in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a nifty little side step past Jamaican ‘keeper Donovan Ricketts and then passed the ball into the goal. The assist game from a very nice cross on the right flank from Juan Agudelo, who came is as a replacement for Jozy Altidore, who had to leave the game in the 12th minute because of a hamstring injury. Dempsey’s goal came in the 80th minute.
The US started the game without Landon Donovan in the lineup. It was Donovan’s first appearance as a substitute since the 2007 Gold Cup against Trinidad & Tobago. Donovan was at his sister’s wedding in California. Arrangements had been made with US Soccer months in advance and the team had even rented a private jet to transport Donovan. But he didn’t get back to DC until 7 a.m. and the coaching staff made the decision to sit him down in the first half.
Clint Dempsey’s sister also got married on Saturday. That ceremony took place in Texas. He also had a private jet transport him but he got back to the hotel at 2 a.m. and US head coach Bob Bradley felt Clint was fit enough to start. Bradley was right, as Dempsey and Jones where clearly the two best players on the field on Sunday. Jones was named US Man of the Match.
Donovan did enter the game in the 66th minute for Alejandro Bedoya, who also had a good match.
“I thought we played a good game today. From the start we were able to do a good job establishing control, passing the ball and keeping the ball,” said U.S. head coach Bob Bradley. “It took a while to get the goal and the second goal, but certainly as far as establishing our game today I thought we did an excellent job.”
After being mobbed by his teammates, Jones celebrated his goal by giving a salute to his father who was an American soldier. After the game he explained. “It was my way of giving my father a little gift on Father’s Day. He was a soldier, so I thought it was a nice sign of respect.”
Clint Dempsey explained Bradley’s decision to start him. “He asked me. He said ‘How are you feeling.’ I said ‘I’m ready to go.’ I was disappointed with my performance against Guadeloupe, that I wasn’t able to finish the chances that I got. I wanted to make sure that I came out today and did whatever I could to help the team win, and I was able to get the goal that sealed it.“
Panama defeated El Salvador in the second match on Sunday but it took two overtimes and a shootout (5-3) to gain the semifinal berth for Panama.
The U.S. will now face Panama in the semifinals on Wednesday, June 22, at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The US was defeated by Panama 2-1 in the second game of the group stage of the tournament. Kickoff for this rematch is at 6 p.m. CT and can be seen live on FOX Soccer and Univision. FOX Soccer will also have a 30-minute pre-game show beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT.
In the other quarterfinals played on Saturday, Mexico defeated Guatemala 2-1 while Honduras got past Costa Rica on penalty kicks. Mexico and Honduras will face off in the other semifinal match of the evening, kicking off at 9 p.m. CT.
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 14-Eric Lichaj; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (7-Maurice Edu, 75); 22-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Landon Donovan, 66), 16-Sacha Kljestan, 8-Clint Dempsey; 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Juan Agudelo, 12)
Subs not used: 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Tim Ream, 20-Freddy Adu, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
JAM:1-Donovan Ricketts; 8-Eric Vernan (15-Jevaughn Watson, 64), 4-Shavar Thomas, 19-Adrian Reid, 6-Jermaine Taylor; 17-Rodolph Austin, 7-Jason Morrison (18-Keammar Daley, 69), 12-Demar Phillips; 11-Dane Richards, 9-Ryan Johnson, 21-Luton Shelton (16-Omar Daley, 74)
Subs not used: 2- Richard Edwards, 13-Dwayne Miller, 20-Navion Boyd, 22-Damian Williams
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 17 / 7
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1