Jamaica outplayed the US side in the Gold Cup semifinal on Wednesday night in Atlanta. And for their effort the Jamaicans — ranked 76 in the world — will face Mexico in the finals after a 2-1 victory over the Americans. Jamaica scored both its goals in the first half and withstood an energized American effort in the second half, when Michael Bradley got the US on the scoreboard just three minutes in. But that was the last a ball would touch the nets for the night.
The US Men’s National Team has enjoyed great success at the Gold Cup — a battle for supremacy among North American, Central American and Caribbean countries. The US has won 3 of the last five Gold Cups and made the finals of the tourney for the last dozen years. The team has been on an international roll too, of late. In June the US Men had what some considered to be the best month in US men’s soccer history, defeating the Netherlands 4-3 and then, in a shock, taking down the reigning World Cup champion Germany — in Germany — 2-1.