USMNT Downs Jamaica, Fulfills Its Kinda Gold Cup Destiny
Now the USA's rising to the occasion.
Jamaica's proven they about more than just track, cricket, and bobsleds.
It's always an accomplishment to top a team that's been there and done that, so full marks to the USMNT.
Well, it's a start.
There's still a title to be won, and Mexico's a higher-order challenge, even if they've scuffled more than the USA to get there.
Dudes played like defending champions. Maybe that's not saying much, considering this is the Gold Cup, but it beats the alternative.
Among other things ...
- Cannon gathered in a long pass from Michael Bradley and found Altidore, who served as a point man and fed a perfectly-timed dime to McKennie for the first goal; and
- Morris took a long pass from McKennie and fired a scud that was too hot for Jamaica 'keeper to handle, setting up Pulisic for the rebound that became his second goal.
The weather delay pushed this game into the Fourth of July, which worked for the USA, as they combined with Mother Nature to light it up all night:
And so it was, the USA and Mexico have punched their tickets to Chicago, where everyone expected them to be.
Now, it's time for the fire of their rivalry to put on a world-worthy show.