Jamaica is something akin to a surprise package at this year’s Gold Cup. Two years ago they made it to the final (shocking the US along the way) before falling to Mexico. But since then it’s been mostly downhill. They failed to earn a single point at the Copa America Centenario last year and then failed to advance to the final round of World Cup Qualifying leading to the dismissal of Winfried Schafer and to the appointment of Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore (for the fourth different time). 2017 didn’t start off too spectacularly either as they fell in the final of the Caribbean Cup, 2-1 to Curacao. But this Gold Cup has been an entirely different story. They have yet to lose a game and even held Mexico without a goal both times they played them. New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence scored the winner against Mexico in the semi-final on an absurdly amazing free kick while Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake was again stout in goal for the Reggae Boyz. Other players to keep an eye on are forward Darren Mattocks of the Portland Timbers and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson of the New England Revolution.
• Close to 60,000 tickets had been sold for the Gold Cup final, but with Mexico’s elimination the secondary market has been inundated with them.
• Two US players (Omar Gonzalez and Jordan Morris) and two Jamaica players (Darren Mattocks and Romario Williams) are tied for 2nd in goal scoring this tournament with two each.
• Unlike the quarter-finals and semi-finals, if the final is tied after 90 minutes, two full 15 minute halves will be played and then if it’s still tied there will be kicks from the mark.
When and where to find the game on US TV and streaming
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
9:50pm ET kickoff time
US TV and streaming: FOX Sports 1, Univision, Univision Deportes, DIRECTV NOW, FOX Soccer Match Pass, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial) [TICKETS]
Live from Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
USA leads 14-2-8
USA – 1
Jamaica – 0
Current FIFA Ranking
September 1, 2017
World Cup Qualifying
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Red Bull Arena