Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Even though many people expected that United States of America would hammer Curacao in the Gold Cup quarter-finals, only one goal separated the two countries in the Lincoln Financial Field clash. Weston McKennie scored the winner, helping the Stars and Stripes set up a meeting with Jamaica in the CONCACAF Championship semis. The Reggae Boyz did well to beat Panama in the quarter-finals, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football game against the home country.
Jamaica recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over USA in a friendly earlier in 2019, meaning that the Yanks are hungry for revenge. Gregg Berhalter’s troops have home field advantage and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Big-money Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic will be the man to watch in Gregg Berhalter’s team and we predict that the pacey winger is going to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Andre Blake):
Andre Blake is a Jamaican goalkeeper who plays for MLS club Philadelphia Union. Blake was born in May Pen, Jamaica, on November 21, 1990, but he went to the UConn college in United States of America. The 193-cm-tall shoot-stopper spent three years playing college football and in 2014 he signed a professional contract with Philadelphia Union.
Andre Blake made his debut for the U in July 2014 in a friendly game against Crystal Palace and he played his first MLS match against Montreal Impact. Speaking of his international career, the goalkeeper made his Jamaica debut on March 2, 2014 in a 2-0 victory over Barbados. Later that year Andre Blake won the Caribbean Cup with the Reggae Boyz as they defeated Trinidad and Tobago on penalties in the title game.
Over the years Blake has established himself as a first-team regular and, no doubt, there is a bright future ahead of him. The Philadelphia Union shoot-stopper wears the number 18 on his shirt.
Highlighted Team (United States):
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team commonly referred to as the USMNT have been playing at the international level since 1916 and their debut 3-2 win at Sweden. The USMNT have first appeared at a FIFA World Cup in 1930 when they achieved their best ever result by reaching the semi-final of the competition and ultimately finishing third, which remains the joint highest finish of any team outside of the UEFA and CONMEBOL confederations.
Following the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the United States did not qualify for the tournament until 1990. The US also hosted the competition in 1994, going out to lose to Brazil in the round of 16. Hosts of the Copa America Centenario, the United States will try to record a noticeable result on home soil under the leadership of Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann.
The US have bright history in the century-old tournament and will hope to repeat the glorious 1995 run when they finished fourth.