It was a result no one expected when the game began, certainly not the Americans, but by the end of the first half, faced with two surprising goals from Jamaica and a sea of missed chances, the U.S. soccer team were looking defeat squarely in the face.
The U.S. men’s soccer team won’t forget this day in a hurry! The CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals have turned into a nightmare with the Reggae Boyz handing them a 2-1 defeat at the Georgia Dome. From the Jamaican team, it was Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes whose goals in the first half gave them the lead and though the U.S. captain Michael Bradley managed to rally with a goal just after the break and the Americans bombarded their opponent’s goal post, the mistake by U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan and other missed chances cost them the semis.
Despite U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s positive words, “We had enough chance to score the goals we needed to get to the final and that is the only thing we were missing today. We had enough chances to put three, four or five goals in there. We didn’t do that and that’s why we lost. We have to swallow that pill,” what makes the pill harder to swallow is the fact that U.S. has a 13-1-8 all-time record against the Jamaicans who had earlier lost all three matched in the Copa America tournament in summer and currently sits at 76th ranking in the world beneath Burkina Faso, Uganda, the Faroe Islands and Uzbekistan! Moreover, America, which hosts the Gold Cup every two years, has always made it to the final (five years straight) despite playing against powerful teams from Brazil or Colombia.
For the winner, it was a stunning but proud moment and Jamaica goalkeeper Ryan Thompson summed it up saying, “We will never forget this one. We will be reliving it for a long time.” With this, the Jamaicans will face Mexico, which secured its own place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final after defeating Panama, on Sunday while US will nurse their wounds in an unimportant match on Saturday.