SANTA CLARA, California – Jordan Morris scored in the 88th minute to boost the United States to a 2-1 victory over Jamaica in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Levi’s Stadium on Wednesday night.
Off a feed from Seattle Sounders teammate Clint Dempsey, Morris fired a 14-yard shot into the upper-right corner for the game-winning goal, giving the Americans a sixth title (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017). Bruce Arena became the first head coach to win three Gold Cup crowns.
The Reggae Boyz came up short once again in their bid to become the first Caribbean side to lift the trophy, also falling to Mexico in the 2015 decider, 3-1. They suffered a devastating loss, when Andre Blake -- the tournament's top goalkeeper -- was forced from the match with an injury.
In the 19th minute, Jozy Altidore unleashed an effort from 25 yards that Blake knocked away with both hands. With the ball loose, the USA’s Kellyn Acosta swooped in for a shot, but also got a piece of Blake’s hand, forcing him to exit the match following a lengthy treatment period.
Dwayne Miller, who hadn't played a minute in the tournament, replaced the Philadelphia Union star.
Altidore did find the back of the net in the 45th minute to put the U.S. ahead 1-0. After Jamaica's Romario Williams fouled Michael Bradley, Altidore drilled a 28-yard free kick over a four-man wall and into the upper-left corner for his fourth career Gold Cup goal.
Five minutes into the second half, defender Kemar Lawrence, who tallied the winner in Sunday's 1-0 upset of Mexico, swung a pass towards the left post. Je-Vaughn Watson beat Morris to equalize by volleying with his right foot past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Miller was magnificent in Blake’s place, parrying away Morris' 18-yard attempt in the 73rd minute and swatting Dempsey's header off the left post two minutes later.
Mexico owns the record for most Gold Cup titles with seven.