ARLINGTON, TX – The United States is one step closer to its seventh Gold Cup title thanks to a close 1-0 victory over Jamaica in the quarterfinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Jamaica was eager to attack from the opening whistle and Alvas Powell nearly put the team ahead with a mid-range attempt that was stopped by American goalkeeper Matt Turner in the 14th minute.
When the United States began to advance with their wings, they encountered the tight defense of Jamaica. Junior Flemmings cut a pass destined for Shaq Moore in the 15th minute, while Devon Williams denied Sam Vines a shot five minutes later.
Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake also had his share of work, saving four shots on the night. He intercepted a long pass from Kellyn Acosta to Sebastian Lletget in the 21st minute and also denied Matthew Hoppe’s left-handed volley just a minute later.
One of Jamaica’s best first-half chances came in the 38th minute from a shot just outside the Flemmings area, forcing Turner to save in the air.
Acosta fired from outside the area himself in the 45th minute, forcing the crowd to applaud, but the game stayed on at half-time.
In the second half, the intensity remained the same, as Blake was demanded in the 47th minute to deny another attempt by Hoppe.
Jamaica had a chance to get away from Flemmings in the 56th minute, but Miles Robinson stripped him inside the area and James Sands cleared the danger.
Gyasi Zardes was about to open the scoring minutes after coming off the bench, but his attempt in the 66th minute was stopped by Blake.
Matthew Hoppe would ultimately be the man to score the winning goal for the United States in the 84th minute. It was a great moment for the Schalke 04 forward as he scored his first international goal for the United States.
For the 11th consecutive Gold Cup, the United States will be one of four teams in the semifinals. Jamaica’s departure breaks a streak of three consecutive appearances in the tournament semi-finals.
This article was taken from the official Concacaf website.