USA Wins 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Defeats Jamaica 2-1 After Late-Goal By Jordan Morris
By Giles Malone // July 27, 2017
6th Gold Cup Championship For USMNT
ABOVE VIDEO: Highlights from USA’s Gold Cup Final win over Jamaica 2-1. (Fox Soccer Video)
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – In almost a perfect team performance, with all players performing well, the USA mens soccer team defeated Jamaica 2-1 to win the Gold Cup – their 6th Gold Cup win – as champions of CONCACAF.
The winning goal was scored by Stanford University’s Jordan Morris in the 88th minute – a player who had to prove a point to USA manager Bruce Arena.
Since taking over as manager, the always calm, cool and collected Bruce Arena is undefeated with a 14 game undefeated streak.
Captain Michael Bradley was ecstatic.
“It did not come easy but this is what it’s all about. Our guys left everything on the field,” said Bradley.
“This was about a group of guys winning a trophy and we are going to enjoy this.”
ABOVE VIDEO: USMNT’s Gold Cup trophy celebration (Fox Soccer Video)
Jozy Altidore, USA striker, played the entire 93 minutes and scored the USA’s opening goal with a spectacular free kick.
“This means a lot to me and our team. Bruce Arena is a fun guy and he keeps it light – he has done a great job” said Altidore.
The Reggae Boyz goalkeeper had a tremendous night, turning away the USA time after time, including a Clint Dempsey header when the teams were tied at 1-1.
Michael Bradley was outstanding and was awarded the Golden Ball for the tournament.
38 year-old USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was a rock, leading the USA defense.
“As you get older these wins mean so much. We got better all through the tournament and I’m so proud,” said Howard.
With the big one- The World Cup- looming on the June 2018 horizon, can Bruce Arena continue his amazing Midas touch and lead his squad of over proud Americans to new heights?
Stay tuned folks – goal fest ahead.
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ABOVE VIDEO: Jordan Morris reacts after scoring emotional game-winning goal
REACTION ON TWITTER
Nagbe was superb again and Jordan Morris has put himself in position to be part of this team going forward. Congrats to the #USMNT 🇺🇸⚽️🏆
— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) July 27, 2017
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) July 27, 2017
— Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey) July 27, 2017
— Tim Howard (@TimHowardGK) July 27, 2017
CHAMPIONSSSSSSS #Goldcup2017 🇺🇸
— Kellyn Acosta (@KellynAcosta) July 27, 2017
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) July 27, 2017