With just minutes remaining in Wednesday’s Gold Cup final, the U.S. Men’s National Team was in need of a hero and it was Jordan Morris who stepped up.
The USMNT forward fired an 88th minute game-winner, leading the USMNT to a 2-1 win over Jamaica in Wednesday night’s Gold Cup final. Morris’ finish led the USMNT to a second Gold Cup trophy in three tournaments.
After losing his mark on what proved to be Jamaica’s equalizer early in the second half, Morris found major redemption with just two minutes left in regular time. A cross in from Gyasi Zardes opened up the Jamaica defense, and a deflected clearance fell right to Morris. The Seattle Sounders forward rocketed a shot past three Jamaica defenders and into the back of the net, sealing the trophy for the USMNT.
The USMNT proved to be largely dominant in the first half, but it was an injury that proved teh true turning point of the opening 45 minutes. After parrying away a Jozy Altidore shot, Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake stopped a Kellyn Acosta rebound at the expense of his own hand. The injury forced the Philadelphia Union goalkeeper off with Dwayne Miller coming in to replace him.
Miller was all but helpless on Altidore’s opener, though. On a free kick about 30 yards out, Altidore curled a shot into the upper left corner, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the 45th minute.
Just five minutes into the second half, though, that lead evaporated on a corner kick. Je-Vaughn Watson found himself wide open on the back post after easing past Jordan Morris, and the Jamaica defender volleyed home from close range to restore the deadlock at one apiece.
Both teams had chances in the second, even if the USMNT controlled a bilk of the possession. The USMNT had two in quick succession as the half wore on with Clint Dempsey striker the post a few minutes after Morris forced a big save out of Miller.
Miller could do nothing when Morris got another look in the 88th minute, and it proved to be the game-winning goal the U.S. needed to win the program’s sixth Gold Cup.