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USMNT to face Jamaica in Gold Cup quarterfinals


If the U.S. men’s national team is going to lift its first Concacaf Gold Cup since 2017, the Americans will need to defeat the same team it beat in the 2017 final to do it.

The USMNT will take on Jamaica in the Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Jamaicans suffered a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica on Tuesday, sealing their second-place finish in Group C, and thus a rematch with the United States, which the Reggae Boyz placed in March, suffering a 4-1 loss in a friendly played in Austria.

The USMNT and Jamaica have an extensive history in the Gold Cup, most recently playing in the 2019 semifinals, with the Americans prevailing, 3-1. In fact, the two rivals have met in the knockout rounds in four of the past five Gold Cups, with the Americans winning three and Jamaica’s lone win coming in the 2015 semifinals.

The Jamaicans are led by Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey and Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, two of several Reggae Boyz starters who were rested against Costa Rica after the Jamaicans began the Gold Cup with consecutive victories.

The Americans are one of two teams to finish the group stage with a perfect 3-0 record (Costa Rica being the other), though their struggles in Sunday’s 1-0 against Canada should give Jamaica confidence that it can defeat the USMNT, especially with starting defender Walker Zimmerman ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

Here are the Concacaf Gold Cup knockout round matchups:


Saturday – State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Qatar vs El Salvador
Mexico vs Honduras

Sunday – AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Costa Rica vs Canada
USA vs Jamaica


Q2 Stadium, Austin, TX
Winner of Qatar/El Salvador vs. Winner of USA/Jamaica

NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Winner of Mexico/Honduras vs. Winner of Costa Rica/Jamaica

The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup final is set for Sunday, August 1 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The final sold out just 90 minutes after tickets went on sale.


  1. PlAying and beating jam rock is always nice. In fact, playing the reggae boys to a draw has been a pretty fun experience as well. Thinking back to the great smoke out in RFK, qualifier for 98 World Cup. But this gold cup is all about getting the opportunity to play Qatar. We need that matchup, and we need to make a statement about our intent next year. Qatar are experienced and probably have a good enough team to win this tournament. USA need to make sure that does not happen.


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