US end Jamaica’s Gold Cup campaign

Published on 26 July 2021

Jamaica’s Alvas Powell chases Matthew Hoppe of the USA who scored the lone goal of their Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal match in the 83rd minute. (Photo: Concacaf Media)

ARLINGTON, Texas (July 25, 2021)—A late header by Mathew Hoppe for the United States was enough to send his team to the semifinals and end the Jamaica Reggae Boyz’s run in the 2021 edition of the Gold Cup.

The much-anticipated match played at the AT&T Stadium on Sunday night was intense and hard fought. It saw back-and-forth action with Junior Flemmings forcing the issue in the first half. At the other end, Reggae Boyz’s Andre Blake pulled off a huge save to deny Hoppe in the 22nd minute.

Flemmings had a chance to send the Caribbean side ahead in the 38th minute just outside the 18-yard box but Matt Turner, in goal for the United States, effected a brilliant save to deny the winger and keep the score leveled.

The teams went into the break with the match scoreless and returned for a second half as intense as the first.

Gyasi Zardes picked up a loose ball in the 66th minute and tried to be the hero the US needed but Blake, the goalkeeping ace, matched the thunderous right-footed shot with a diving save to his left.

Hoppe would eventually get the opening goal of the game in the 83rd minute. Cristian Roldan lofted in a cross to the back post out of the reach of Blake, onto the head of Hoppe, who guided home the goal.

Time was against the Theodore Whitmore led team, and despite their efforts, they couldn’t find the equalizer to force extra time or penalties. The Hoppe conversion ended the run of the Reggae Boyz—the last Caribbean team standing.

The US will now face Qatar in the semifinals on July 29.

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