USA Vs. Jamaica, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Jermaine Jones Goal Gives USMNT Lead

Jermaine Jones didn't have a great first half for the United States, but all it takes is a little bit of luck for a bad game to turn into a great game. After 45 minutes of frustration, the USMNT has finally broken through and scored the goal they deserved against Jamaica in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, going up by a score of 1-0. It was a lucky goal off of a deflection, but a goal is a goal and Jamaica are now left to chase the game.

Most thought that Jamaica would make some changes at halftime after a rough first half, but they came out with the same team and as a result, allowed the United States to dominated possession in the opening minutes of the second half just like they did in the first half. That lack of a change backfired in the 50th minute when Jones, in acres of space, ripped a shot from just outside of the penalty area. It deflected off a defender and went into the back of the net, giving Jamaica their first conceded goal of the tournament.

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