United States 2, Jamaica 1: Gold Cup Final: Late Goal Lifts United States Past Jamaica
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jordan Morris scored a tiebreaking goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica, 2-1, on Wednesday night for its sixth Concacaf Gold Cup title, and its first since 2013.
Jozy Altidore scored on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute, beating the backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller after Jamaica’s starter and captain, Andre Blake, left with a hand injury.
Je-Vaughn Watson tied the score in the 50th minute off a corner kick by Kemar Lawrence.
Morris, a star at nearby Stanford from 2013 to 2015, got the breakthrough goal with a 14-yard right-footed shot after Jermaine Taylor failed to clear a cross from Gyasi Zardes. It was the fifth international goal for Morris, who tied the 16-year-old Canadian Alphonso Davies for the tournament lead with three goals.
“I was nervous,” Morris said. “It was my guy that scored on the goal, so I was trying to make up for it any way that I could. Obviously, I take responsibility for that. But luckily I could put one in the back of the net.”
The United States extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5) under Bruce Arena, who became the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles, and the captain, Michael Bradley, earned the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player.
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