The United States struggled to qualify for the Gold Cup semi-finals, but thanks to a late goal they beat fierce Jamaica 1-0.
Matthew Hoppe took advantage of a cross pass inside the small penalty area from the right wing to send the ball into the net with an accurate header and thus shouted the only goal of the match in the 83rd minute.
The American team is preparing to face the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Championship for the fifteenth time in its new form since 1991. The surprising Qatari team will face the guest of this edition and the host of the next World Cup, which advanced after winning again. Saturday 2-3 to El Salvador.
The United States is fueling their hopes of winning their seventh regional title after suffering a zero break against some organized Reggae Boyz that didn’t give them space to cause damage.
Hoppe had the best chance before scoring the winning goal when he reached the penalty area and fired a powerful left-footed shot that was brilliantly saved by Andre Blake as they ran the first 20 minutes.
After that occasion, the Americans took control, but when they reached the end zone they hit Jamaica’s defensive wall, even managing to overpower it with a Hobby header.
Canada destroys Costa Rica
Early in the morning at AT&T Stadium, Junior Howlett scored a high-quality goal for Canada to beat Costa Rica 2-0, leading to the Gold Cup semi-finals.
Howlett suffered a long stroke, which he managed to inject as soon as he arrived in the area to override the departure of Costa Rican goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado and opened the scoring in the 18th minute.
Stephen Eustacchio extended the lead after a weak rebound from Francisco Calvo, leaving him with an open goal to push the ball into the net in the 68th minute.
Canada is playing for the fourth time in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF competition with the current format that began in 1991. It will face Mexico on Thursday, who beat Honduras 3-0 the day before.
Ticos had the best option in settling the score with Joel Campbell’s free-kick slamming into the corner, but goalkeeper Maxime Crebeau avoided it with a slap at 53.
Costa Rica was then weakened on the field and the Canadians ruled the win with their second goal.