By Ephieum Allen
In an historic display of football dominance, Jamaica’s exciting team, the Reggae Boyz, delivered a resounding beating to the USMNT in Atlanta, Georgia this evening, July 22, to qualify for the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. With the victory, the Reggae Boyz are automatic qualifiers for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The match began with the Reggae Boyz vigorously attacking the US team for the first 15 minutes then the US responded by attacking the Reggae Boyz for a few minutes.
Jamaica’s first goal was scored by Darren Mattocks in the thirty-first minute. Mattocks headed the ball, which hit the left side post and went across to the other side, connecting on a beautiful goal.
Moments later, in the thirty- sixth minute, Giles Barnes scored the second goal with a free kick inside the 18-yard box which rocketed to the roof of the net, leaving US goal keeper, dazed and confused, with no chance of recovery.
Jamaica bullied the US for the final 15 minutes, leaving the USMNT defenseless, overmatched, outclassed and outplayed in every domain possible. Within the first five minutes of the second half, the US countered with a shot from inside the 18-yard box, which was too hot for Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson to handle, so he blocked the shot and it went directly into the path of US midfielder Michael Bradley who scored the sole goal for the US.
The Jamaican victory is in contrast to the Reggae Boyz’ performance in the recently concluded Copa America. On route to playing the decisive game against the US for the Gold Cup, Jamaica lost to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in the Copa America tournament. Nonetheless, the Reggae Boyz were considered a formidable force to reckon with, which the US team discovered, much too late.
Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach for the USMNT, said, prior to the match, that the game against the Reggae Boyz was the “most important tournament for the US this year.”
The second semi-final game is now underway with Mexico going up against Panama. The winner of that match will face the Reggae Boyz in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26–OnPointPress.net.