If you were watching the USA-Jamaica Gold Cup semifinal match last night, whether on TV or live in Nashville, you were in for a treat.
The Americans came out of the gate rocket-fast, as D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola recorded a point-blank shot on Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake, the number one overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft (first-ever number one pick to play in a Gold Cup Final). Not even five minutes later, Schalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie put the US on the board, 1-0, as Jozy Altidore slid a ball through the Jamaican defense, and McKennie put the ball into the top right corner of the net.
Play was halted not too long after McKennie’s goal, as a lightning delay forced a delay in play and players retreated to the locker rooms, while fans found shelter on the concourse at Nissan Stadium.
With this weather delay, would the USA’s momentum be halted? Would Jamaica be able to mount a comeback? Match commentators speculated the possibility, as comebacks have occurred plenty of times before following rain delays. It happens all the time in baseball.
At 11:26 P.M. ET, play resumed. There was no more scoring in the first half, and the U.S. went into the break up 1-0. Jamaica had threatened to score in the first half, but Zack Steffen made sure that did not happen.
Coming out of the half, the U.S wasted no time with Chelsea midfielder, Christian Pulisic, scoring his first of two goals on the night in the 51st minute. Pulisic scored by sending a ball into the lower right part of the net past Blake. 2-0 USA.
Jamaica would not back down, as Domžale midfielder Shamar Nicholson put a header into the net during the 68th minutes past the right arm of Steffen.
The commentators said that they “could feel this goal coming.”
Jamaica continued to threaten after their goal. They moved the ball up the field and recorded shot after shot on Steffen. They forced the U.S. into several turnovers.
None of Jamaica’s chances would pay off, however, and Pulisic would take advantage of a falling Blake, putting home his second goal of the night in the 86th minute of the match. His second goal pretty much put the finishing touches on this semifinal match, sending the U.S. to play Mexico in the Gold Cup Final at Soldier Field in Chicago.
If you want to watch the U.S try and win a second-consecutive Gold Cup title, you can do so on Sunday night at 9:00 P.M.