The USA advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 Gold Cup on Sunday, beating Jamaica on two second-half goals. It took a deflection for the US to score against LA Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, who had already recorded several strong saves. That Jermaine Jones goal fell four minutes into the second-half. A 66th minute red card to Jamaica's Jermaine Taylor shifted the focus, with Clint Dempsey scoring in the 79th and the US ending a strong tournament run from Group B winners Jamaica.
"I was disappointed with my performance against Guadeloupe, that I wasn’t able to finish the chances that I got," Dempsey said. "I wanted to make sure that I came out today and did whatever I could to help the team win, and I was able to get the goal that sealed it."
The United States will get a rematch with Group C winners Panama in the semifinals. Panama advanced 5-3 on penalties after drawing 1-1 with El Salvador. That game is scheduled for Wednesday at 7pm ET.
-- GAME REPORT --
Match: United States vs. Jamaica
Date: June 19, 2011
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: RFK Stadium – Washington, D.C.
Kickoff: 3 p.m.ET
Weather: Cloudy, 80 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 0 2 2
JAM 0 0 0
USA – Jermaine Jones 49th minute
USA – Clint Dempsey (Juan Agudelo) 80
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 21-Clarence Goodson, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 14-Eric Lichaj; 4-Michael Bradley, 13-Jermaine Jones (7-Maurice Edu, 75); 22-Alejandro Bedoya (10-Landon Donovan, 66), 16-Sacha Kljestan, 8-Clint Dempsey; 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Juan Agudelo, 12)
Subs not used: 12-Jonathan Bornstein, 15-Tim Ream, 20-Freddy Adu, 23-Marcus Hahnemann
Head Coach: Bob Bradley
JAM:1-Donovan Ricketts; 8-Eric Vernan (15-Jevaughn Watson, 64), 4-Shavar Thomas, 19-Adrian Reid, 6-Jermaine Taylor; 17-Rodolph Austin, 7-Jason Morrison (18-Keammar Daley, 69), 12-Demar Phillips; 11-Dane Richards, 9-Ryan Johnson, 21-Luton Shelton (16-Omar Daley, 74)
Subs not used: 2- Richard Edwards, 13-Dwayne Miller, 20-Navion Boyd, 22-Damian Williams
Head coach: Theodore Whitmore
Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 17 / 7
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
JAM – Rodolph Austin (caution) 16th minute
USA – Jermaine Jones (caution) 26
JAM – Jermaine Taylor (sent off) 67
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Luis Carmago (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)