Game Notes: United States v Jamaica
72Games Played40
145Goals For46
52Goals Against57

Match Officials

Referee: Walter Lopez (Guatemala)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (Guatemala)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (Guatemala)
4th Official: Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)


United States: none
Jamaica: none

Single Caution

United States: Jozy Altidore, Omar Gonzalez
Jamaica: Shaun Francis, Owayne Gordon, Je-Vaughn Watson, Romario Williams

Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California, EUA

Unites States

• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): United States 2, Costa Rica 0 … Clint Dempsey scored one goal (57th U.S./13th GC) and assisted on Jozy

Altidore’s opener as the United States earned a place in its record-extending 10th Gold Cup final

• 2017 Gold Cup Results: 1-1 draw v Panama (Dom Dwyer 50’); 3-2 win v Martinique (Omar Gonzalez 54’; Jordan Morris 64’, 76’); 3-0 win v

Nicaragua (Joe Corona 36’; Kelyn Rowe 56’; Matt Miazga 88’); 2-0 win v El Salvador (Omar Gonalez 41’; Eric Lichaj 45’+2); 2-0 win v Costa Rica

(Jozy Altidore 72’, Clint Dempsey 82’)

• Gold Cup Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) … Gold Cup Record: GP-72;

W-55; D-9; L-8; GF-145; GA-52 (72 games played and 55 wins are Gold Cup records) … Best Finish: Champion-5 (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013)

• Top GC Scorers: Landon Donovan (18 goals), Clint Dempsey (13 goals) … Donovan is tournament’s all-time leading scorer …Dempsey’s last goal

tied him with Donovan for most international goals scored by a USA player (57) … It also moved him one ahead of Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves

into sole possession of second-place on the GC scoring list

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (WCQ): 3rd place, CONCACAF fifth round (GP-6; W-2; D-2; L-2; GF-11, GA-8)

• 2018 FIFA WCQ, CONCACAF fifth round results: 0-2 home loss v Mexico; 0-4 away loss v Costa Rica; 6-0 home win v Honduras; 1-1 away draw

v Panama; 2-0 home win v Trinidad & Tobago; 1- 1 away draw v Mexico … Remaining fifth-round matches: Costa Rica (H); Honduras (A);

Panama (H); Trinidad & Tobago (A)

• Made maximum allowed six roster changes before knockout phase … IN: Clint Dempsey (FW), Jozy Altidore (FW), Michael Bradley (MF),

Darlington Nagbe (MF), Tim Howard (GK), Jesse Gonzalez (GK) … OUT: Dom Dwyer (FW), Kelyn Rowe (MF), Cristian Roldan (MF), Alejandro

Bedoya (MF), Sean Johnson (GK), Brad Guzan (GK)

• Scored at least one goal in 23 consecutive Gold Cup matches, longest active streak among 2017 GC entrants (Mexico holds GC record, scoring in

31 consecutive games: July 20, 2003-July 9, 2015) … last shutout in 0-5 loss to Mexico in 2009 final, which was USA’s largest margin of defeat in

Gold Cup history … advanced to GC final in 10 of 14 appearances (2000)

• GC Final Record: GP-9; W-3; D-2; L-4; GF-7; GA-15 … All four GC final defeats have come during five final meetings against Mexico (GF-4; GA-

14) … Twice won final on penalties after dueling to a scoreless draw (1991, 2005)

• Five titles are second-most in GC history (Mexico #1: 7) … Record 10 GC finals (Mexico #2: 8)

• July 22, 2015: 1-2 GC semifinal loss v Jamaica (Michael Bradley 47’) marked first time USA failed to reach final since 2003

• Last win v Jamaica (2017 friendly): February 3, 2017 – United States 1 (Jordan Morris 58’), Jamaica 0

• Record against Caribbean opposition: GP 20; W-18; D-1; L-1; GF-53; GA-12 … faced 18 consecutive Caribbean sides without defeat before 1-2

loss v Jamaica in 2015 GC semifinals

• Posted shutouts in last three GC matches, after going four matches without keeping a clean sheet for first time in tournament history (team record

for consecutive shutouts: 7 games from January 21, 2002-July 19, 2003)

• Eight players on current roster have scored in GC: Clint Dempsey (13); Michael Bradley, Joe Corona, Omar Gonzalez, Jozy Altidore (3); Jordan

Morris (2); Gyasi Zardes, Eric Lichaj (1)

• Five players on current roster have scored in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL): Paul Arriola (2, Club Tijuana); Clint

Dempsey (2, Seattle Sounders FC); Omar Gonzalez (2, LA Galaxy); Chris Pontius (3, D.C. United); Gyasi Zardes (1, LA Galaxy) … Omar

Gonzalez has never scored an international goal outside GC play

• Omar Gonzalez won 2016/17 SCCL title (Pachuca) & 2013 Gold Cup (USA) … 4 all-time league titles (3, LA Galaxy, MLS; 1, Pachuca, Liga MX)

• Clint Dempsey’s goal against Costa Rica was the first of tournament scored directly off a free kick. One day later, Jamaica’s Kemar Lawrence

scored the second in the other GC semifinal

• Head Coach: Bruce Arena (since November 2016) … Arena began his second stint in charge of the U.S. in November 2016, taking over from

Jurgen Klinsmann ... previously managed the side from 1998-2006, guiding U.S. to 2002 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals & two GC titles (2002,

2005) … winningest coach in GC history (16W-4D-1L) … attempting to become first head coach to win three GC titles (Bora Milutinovic also has

two: 1991-USA, 1996-Mexico)


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Mexico 0, Jamaica 1 … Kemar Lawrence’s curling 88th-minute free kick lifted Jamaica to a second

consecutive and second all-time GC final appearance … Goalkeeper Andre Blake made five saves to record his third shutout of tournament.

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 2-0 win v Curacao (Romario Williams 58’; Darren Mattocks 73’); 0-0 draw v Mexico; 1-1 draw v El Salvador (Darren Mattocks

64’ pen); 2-1 win v Canada (Shaun Francis 6’; Romario Williams 50’); 1-0 win v Mexico (Kemar Lawrence 88’)

• Gold Cup Appearances: 10 (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017) … Gold Cup Record: GP-40; W-16; D-7; L-17; GF-46;

GA-57 … Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2015) … Top GC Scorer: Darren Mattocks (4 goals)

• Qualification method: Runner-up, 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup (Overall Record: GP-4; W-2; D-1; L-1; GF-7; GA-5)

• 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup results: (3rd Round) 4-2 win aet v Guyana; 1-0 win v Suriname; (Semifinals) 1-1 draw, 4:2 pens v

French Guiana; (Final) 1-2 loss v Curacao (Rosario Harriott 82’)

• 2016/2017 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup scorers: Cory Burke (2 goals), Shaun Francis, Je-Vaughn Watson, Rosario Harriott, Dicoy

Williams, Jermaine Johnson (1)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification: Eliminated in fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying (GP-6; W-1; D-1; L-4; GF-2; GA-10) … Overall 2018

qualifying record: GP-8; W-2; D-1; L-5; GF-6; GA-13 … World Cup Qualifying scorers: Darren Mattocks (2 goals), Je-Vaugh Watson, Clayton

Donaldson, Adrian Mariappa, Simon Dawkins (1 goal) … World Cup appearances: 1 (1998)

• Only previous GC final – July 26, 2015: Mexico 3 (Andres Guardado 31’; Jesus Corona 46’; Oribe Peralta 60’), Jamaica 1 (Darren Mattocks 78’) …

marked best Caribbean GC finish, besting previous semifinal appearances by Jamaica (1993, 1998), Guadeloupe (2007) and Trinidad & Tobago


• Only three players on current roster appeared in 2015 final v Mexico (1-3 loss) … Kemar Lawrence (played all 90 mins.) & Je-Vaughn Watson

(subbed out in 88th min., yellow card in 23rd min.) started, Darren Mattocks came on as second-half substitute (59th min. for Garath McCleary)

• Attempting to be first nation outside North America to win a GC title … one of two CONCACAF member nations outside North America to reach

multiple finals (Panama is the other) … one of four CONCACAF member nations outside North America to reach final (Panama 2005, 2013;

Honduras 1991; Costa Rica 2002; Jamaica 2015, 2017)

• GC record against North American opponents: GP-16; W-4; D-1; L-11; GF-12; GA-32 … record against North American opponents includes all six

knockout round defeats and three out of four knockout round victories

• Record in last two GC tournaments against North American teams: GP-6; W-4; D-1; L-1; GF-7, GA-5 … Only loss in came in 2015 GC final … Will

face all three North American nations for a second consecutive tournament … Attempting to become the first team ever to beat

• Last win v United States (2015 Gold Cup semifinal): July 22, 2015 – United States 1 (Michael Bradley 47’), Jamaica 2 (Giles Barnes 30’; Darren

Mattocks 35’) … Attempting to become first CONCACAF team to defeat United States and Mexico in the same GC tournament

• Andre Blake: 2016 Major League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year with the Philadelphia Union … posted seven shutouts thus far in 2017 MLS

campaign … recorded all three clean sheets for Jamaica in 2017 GC

• Kemar Lawrence: started 58 of 59 regular-season MLS games since joining New York Red Bulls in 2015 … played in five games during 2016/17

CONCACAF Champions League … Lawrence’s goal against Mexico was just the second of 2017 GC scored directly off a corner kick … the first

came one day earlier in other semifinal, by USA’s Clint Dempsey

• Darren Mattocks: made Jamaica debut in 2-0 win v El Salvador on August 15, 2012 … only player on Jamaica’s 2017 roster to have scored in a

previous GC edition

• Unbeaten in 14 of last 16 Gold Cup matches … conceded one goal or fewer in 15 of last 18 Gold Cup games, including 10 shutouts (9W-1D-0L in

those shutouts) … recorded only three shutouts in first 22 Gold Cup outings … two of 40 all-time Gold Cup matches ended in scoreless draws (1998

v Brazil, 2017 v Mexico) … 10W-2D-3L record when scoring in 1st half of a GC game

• Head Coach: Theodore Whitmore (since September 2016) … in 4th spell as Jamaica manager, the longest running from 2009-13 … most recently

assumed the role following the departure of Winfried Schaefer, who guided Jamaica to the 2015 Gold Cup final … only person to win Caribbean Cup

as player and head coach … scored both goals in Jamaica’s 2-1 win over Japan in 1998 World Cup (39’, 54’)

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