U.S. Loses to Jamaica 2-1 in Semifinals of Soccer’s Gold CupErik Matuszewski
The U.S. lost to Jamaica 2-1 in the semifinals of soccer’s biennial Gold Cup, the first time the American men have failed to reach the title game since 2003.
The U.S. gave up goals in the 31st and 36th minutes in Atlanta as Jamaica won for just the second time in 23 matches between the teams. Jamaica will play Mexico in its first finals appearance on July 25 in Philadelphia.
Michael Bradley scored the lone goal in the 48th minute for the U.S., which reached the past five finals at the Gold Cup. The tournament determines the regional champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
The U.S. had been undefeated (22-0-4) in its last 26 home games, the longest streak in men’s national team history.
Mexico beat Panana 2-1, scoring the tying goal on a controversial penalty kick in the closing minutes of regulation before tallying another penalty in overtime. A group of Panamanian players after the game ran to the center of the field to confront the referee, who was ushered off by security.
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