Jamaica stuns USA 2-1 to reach Gold Cup final

Jamaica`s "Reggae Boyz" stunned defending champion United States 2-1 Wednesday in a Gold Cup semi-final, becoming the first Caribbean squad to reach the final by shocking the heavily favored hosts.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015, 07:45 AM IST
Jamaica stuns USA 2-1 to reach Gold Cup final

Atlanta: Jamaica`s "Reggae Boyz" stunned defending champion United States 2-1 Wednesday in a Gold Cup semi-final, becoming the first Caribbean squad to reach the final by shocking the heavily favored hosts.

Darren Mattocks headed in the first goal in the 31st minute and Giles Barnes netted a free kick in the 36th minute to put Jamaica ahead 2-0 and signal an epic upset was in the making at the sold-out Georgia Dome.

The Americans, after all, were 13-1 with eight drawn in prior matches against the Jamaicans, their only loss in that span coming by 2-1 at Kingston in 2012.

US captain Michael Bradley answered for the Americans in the 48th minute off a rebound and the US kept pressing the attack but never found the equalizer to avoid a humbling defeat.

Jamaica will face the winner of a later semi-final between Mexico and Panama in Sunday`s final of the biennial North American regional football championship.