MIAMI – A new champion will be crowned, when the United States and Jamaica meet in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final Wednesday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
On Sunday night, the Jamaicans earned a second consecutive trip to the decider thanks to a 1-0 win over defending champion Mexico. Kemar Lawrence scored the only goal in a rematch of the 2015 curtain closer, placing a stunning 88th-minute free kick into the left side of the Mexican net.
The U.S. earned an opportunity for a sixth Gold Cup title by prevailing over Costa Rica, 2-0, in the first semifinal Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Clint Dempsey scored one goal and assisted on another as the Americans improved to 7W-1D-0L in eight all-time Gold Cup matches against the Central American power.
Two years ago, Jamaica eliminated the U.S. at the semifinal stage with a 2-1 victory. One of the Reggae Boyz’s scorers that evening in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome was Darren Mattocks, who has two goals and two assists in the current edition. Michael Bradley netted the Americans’ lone goal and he is expected to play a key role in the next installment of the rivalry.
Jamaica is searching for its first Gold Cup title, while the U.S. is targeting its sixth and first since 2013.
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