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USA vs. Jamaica, Gold Cup 2015: Time, TV schedule and team news

The United States had a fairly easy path to the semifinals, but they're facing a whole new challenge against Jamaica.

Coming into the Gold Cup this summer, pretty much everyone looked at the groups and how the knockout round bracket was lined up and came to one conclusion: the United States would have a cakewalk to get to the final. While that's largely proved to be true, with the U.S. coasting to the semifinals despite rarely playing well, they're about to get one tougher-than-expected test in Jamaica.


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The Reggae Boyz have opened a lot of eyes in this tournament, winning Group B with ease despite being paired with Costa Rica. They apparently took the lessons learned from their time in the Copa America to heart, as they've been playing at a much higher level than it seems like we've seen from them in quite awhile. They defend well, but they don't quite "bunker" like some CONCACAF teams do because they're always looking to strike hard and fast on the counter. They've shown a growing aptitude for doing just that.

The USMNT can't just go into this match assuming they've got it in the bag, because with how well Jamaica have been playing, they can offer a serious upset threat. It's time for the U.S. to kick things up a notch, or else risk not even reaching the final everyone assumed they'd win.

Key player -- Clint Dempsey (United States)

Dempsey has been on fire in the Gold Cup, scoring six goals -- including a quarterfinal hat trick against Cuba -- to lead the entire competition in scoring so far. He's going to need to keep up that blistering form, as Jamaica's defense is going to be stingier than any they've faced outside perhaps Honduras. Dempsey won't be getting many chances to score, so he's going to have to capitalize on every single one, especially early when there's still a chance of an open match.

Key Matchup -- Michael Bradley (United States) vs. Rodolph Austin (Jamaica)

While he's been a fairly polarizing figure for the USMNT of late, Bradley's quality of play is vital to the side's success. Simply put, when Bradley plays well, the U.S. plays well. When he doesn't, they struggle. Jamaica's going to be their toughest test of the tournament so far, and because of that, he's going to need to be on his A game -- but he's going to have to do it in spite of Austin, who has been a high-quality presence in Jamaica's midfield in the Gold Cup so far.

While he's hardly a star at club level, Austin has been a solid performer for Leeds in England the last three years, and he's been a metronomic presence in his country's midfield as well, shuttling up and down the pitch and staying constantly involved in play. He's going to be tasked with keeping Bradley in check, so expect to see them duel all match long. Whoever gets the upper hand and keeps it could find themselves on the winning side.

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 6 p.m. ET

Venue: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Fox Sports 1 (U.S. - English), UniMas (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet World (Canada), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)

Online: Fox Soccer 2GoFox Sports Go (U.S. - English), Univision Deportes En Vivo (U.S. - Spanish), Sportsnet World Now (Canada), BT Sport (U.K.)

Listings via LiveSoccerTV.