Jamaica vs USA: 2019 Gold Cup semifinal prediction, pick, TV channel, live stream, watch online The United States will face a familiar foe on Wednesday in the Gold Cup semifinals, taking on Jamaica with a spot in Sunday’s final against Mexico on the line.
The Americans are coming off an unconvincing 1-0 win over Curacao in the quarterfinals, winning on a goal from Weston McKennie. Meanwhile, Jamaica beat Panama 1-0 to advance. These two teams met in the 2017 final, with the U.S. winning, but Jamaica beat the U.S. in a friendly before the cup
USMNT: The U.S. may be 4-0-0 in the tournament and having yet to concede a goal, but they’ve been far from impressive in three of the four games. After cutting it close against Curacao, it feels like it’s time for Jozy Altidore to go back into that No. 9 role over Gyasi Zardes. We’ll see if Gregg Berhalter makes the move.
Jamaica: This is a team that has a bit of talent but hasn’t lived up to expectations either. Leon Bailey is quite the player, but where this team has to improve is on the creativity in attack. Having already beaten the U.S. last month, they’ll feel confident in doing it again.
Two years after beating Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, the U.S. men’s national team (USMNT) and the Reggae Boyz cross paths once more. This time, however, the only prize at stake is the right to face Mexico in the final at Soldiers Field in Chicago on Sunday.
The defending champions were efficient but unspectacular during the group stages, but were nowhere near their best against minnows Curacao.
Weston McKennie’s goal separated the two sides but USMNT will have to be a lot better against Jamaica, a team that has largely flown under the radar so far in the tournament and is looking to reach a third consecutive Gold Cup final.
The pre-tournament favorite alongside Mexico, USMNT lost its last meeting against Jamaica just before the start of the tournament and coach Gregg Berhalter emphasized his team was aware of the dangers posed by Jamaica.
We’ve said all along the success of this team will be measured by if we’re going to win this tournament or not,” he said at a pre-match press conference. “We want to get to the final. We want to win the final. If you asked me a month ago, the answer would be the same.
“We think Mexico is the favorite for this tournament. We think it’s a very strong team. We have a lot of respect for Jamaica, that’s something we highlighted before this tournament as well.”
USMNT has scored 12 goals in four games and is yet to concede, while Jamaica has just five goals to its name and has conceded three. Nevertheless, Berhalter insisted his men will not underestimate their opponents’ attacking threat and singled out Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Leon Bailey as the man to watch.
“I don’t think we’ve seen his best yet,” he told ESPN. “I think he’s got another gear. I’ve seen another gear in Germany, and it’s just him getting integrated into the team, him feeling comfortable and being used in the right way. But I really like watching him play.”