USA vs. Jamaica Soccer Picks
By Andrew Ryan
The last time the United States’ Men’s National Team played against Jamaica in the Gold Cup, it was embarrassed in a 2-1 loss in Atlanta. The Yanks were flat, they were largely outplayed, and they bowed out of a tournament they were expected to win.
Now, these two teams are back in an even bigger spot in the Gold Cup final. The Americans will once again be expected to put the Reggae Boyz down, but with the remarkable run Jamaica has been on in this tournament, anything is possible.
USA vs. Jamaica
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 26, 9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
USA vs. Jamaica TV Coverage: FOX Sports 1
There’s a good chance the Gold Cup final ends up being a bit of a disappointment when push comes to shove. The Reggae Boyz have surely earned their way here, especially with the way they consistently held their form against the Mexicans in the semifinal in a 1-0 victory.
But if we’re being honest, Jamaica is overmatched here in this one. The goal against Mexico came from Kemar Lawrence on a beautiful free kick. Sure, Jose Corona should have done much better with it, but credit goes out to Lawrence for putting the ball where the keeper wasn’t, yet still on the target.
The Americans have flat out been dominant in the knockout rounds of this tourney, though. Yes, it took 72 minutes to get on the board against Costa Rica, but the United States always looked the more threatening of the two sides. When Clint Dempsey came off of the bench in the second half, it was game on for the Yanks. Dempsey managed an assist on Jozy Altidore’s opening goal, then he scored the goal that put things away 10 minutes later.
In the team’s last three matches, the United States has managed three wins by an aggregate score of 7-0. If that’s the way this team is going to play here in the finale, there isn’t another club in CONCACAF that is going to beat it.
The bottom line is that the Yanks have looked a completely different side thanks to four players: Dempsey, Altidore, Darlington Nagbe and Michael Bradley. In the group stage, there was a tremendous lack of organization that we saw out of these Americans. That problem, particularly in the midfield, is no more. Possessions are longer and have more purpose, and the end results have been more fruitful.
There’s no doubt the U.S. is going to dominate the possession in this match. Jamaica hasn’t had even 40 percent of the ball in three of its last four fixtures dating back to the group stage.
It’s whether Andre Blake can figure out how to be flawless once again. Sure, the Jamaicans have scored a little bit along the way, but most of these goals have been against the run of play. This team is going to try to win this match on counters, and that typically hasn’t worked all that well against the United States recently.
The Americans are going to be big favorites in this match for a reason. Though it took a while for them to emerge as the favorites in the Gold Cup, the roster changes Bruce Arena has made deserve all the credit in the world. Arena has been the best manager in this tournament, and he has the best team in CONCACAF right now for our money.
Not only do we think the Stars and Stripes are going to get the job done and return the Gold Cup to American soil, but we think they’re going to do so with ease as well. They were blindsided by Jamaica two years ago in Atlanta, but you can bet that Arena will be reminding his team just how dangerous the Reggae Boyz are. The USA won’t make the same mistake twice.
USA vs. Jamaica Soccer Pick: USA on the Asian Handicap at BookMaker.eu
USA vs. Jamaica Score Prediction: USA 2, Jamaica 0