In a span of just five minutes in the first half, the US men’s national team unraveled, giving up two goals between the 31st minute and 36th minute. And those five minutes were enough to doom the US’ pursuit of its second consecutive Gold Cup title.
On Wednesday in Atlanta, the USMNT fell just shy of completing a two-goal comeback, losing 2-1 to Jamaica. Now, the US will play in the third-place game on Saturday, while Jamaica advances to the Gold Cup finals on Sunday.
Despite dominating the first 30 minutes of the Gold Cup semifinal game against Jamaica, the USMNT failed to score a goal to gain the advantage, and Jamaica made the US pay for that mistake.
In the 31st minute, Jamaica had a throw deep in the USMNT’s territory. The throw was a long one and entered the box. There, US centerback John Brooks failed to match Darren Mattocks leap and Mattock’s header beat US goalkeeper Brad Guzan, hit the far post, and then tricked along the line until it completely crossed over the goalline at the other end of the goal.
Jamaica’s game management in those last few minutes was just excellent. Cynical, maybe, but they stopped all the USA’s momentum. Congratulations to the Reggae Boyz.