NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- The United States defeated Jamaica 3-1 in Nashville on Wednesday night to book a spot in Sunday’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Final against Mexico at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The U.S. opened the scoring in the ninth minute through Weston McKennie. A quality first time ball off the right flank from Reggie Cannon found its way to Jozy Altidore inside the 18.
A slight touch from Altidore put the ball in McKennie’s path, the Schalke MF taking one touch and smashing a shot past Jamaica GK Andre Blake for his second goal of the tournament.
In the 16th minute, the match was halted due to lightning, a delay that lasted 88 minutes in total.
Once the game was resumed, Jamaica came into the contest and almost equalized through Junior Flemmings, his blistering shot from 25 yards forcing U.S. GK Zack Steffen into a save.
In the 52nd minute, Christian Pulisic put the U.S. 2-0 up, pouncing on a rebound after a Jordan Morris shot was parried into traffic by Blake.
Jamaica pulled one back in the 69th minute when Shamar Nicholson headed home a cross from the right side from Leon Bailey, which was the first goal conceded by the U.S. at the Gold Cup.
But Pulisic doubled his tally in the 87th minute, again knocking home a rebound from close range, this time after a shot from Paul Arriola.