Our football match prediction:
Jamaica scored a late stunner to reach their second consecutive Gold Cup final, but their road to the trophy is likely to hit a major bump in the road with the USA team standing in their way. United States reached Gold Cup final after a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica on Saturday with goals from Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey. Wednesday’s final is due to take place in Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium and the US side will hope the home crowd will be enough to lead them to victory. The Reggae Boyz have demonstrated, however, they are no pushovers after that Kemar Lawrence’s 88th-minute winner over Mexico. A surprise triumph over the more lucrative opponent was a perfect example of what Jamaica players are capable of. Despite finishing the match with just 32% possession, Jamaica used most of their 5 shots on target to dispatch Mexico and send a clear warning to the United States. A rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup semifinals is another warning for Bruce Arena’s men, who still have what it takes to get over the disappointment from two years ago and lift the trophy.
Highlighted Player (DeAndre Yedlin):
DeAndre Yedlin is a versatile 22-year-old young American footballer who is currently on loan at Sunderland from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. His primary position is as a right-back but Yedlin can also play as a wingback or a wide midfielder. He is known for his speed on the wings and getting great crosses on the flanks. Yedlin was part of Washington Youth Soccer’s State Olympic Development Program from 2006-09 before joining the Seattle Sounders FC youth academy in 2010. He played college soccer at the University of Akron starting in 20 games for the Zips. Yedlin soon made his mark with Seattle Sounders and earned the record of becoming the first rookie to be named to the MLS team of the Week on his professional debut and the second rookie to make it to the All-star team. He earned his senior team debut in 2014 and has 33 caps to his name.
Highlighted Team (Jamaica):
The Reggae Boyz are enjoying in their 2014 Copa Centroamericana title and are looking forward to their second-ever entry into the Copa America. Jamaica took positives from their debut in the competition last year in Chile despite going out in the group stage and will now be willing to make one step further. The country had more success later in the summer when Winfried Schafer’s men knocked off the United States in the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz were ultimately stopped in the final as they lost to Mexico, but the ticket to 2016 Copa America was enough of a reward itself as four highest finishers were guaranteed a place at the competition. Jamaica stepped onto the international scene with a 2-1 win over Haiti in 1925 and have so far qualified only once for the FIFA World Cup in 1998. It was not until 1965 that Jamaica made their first attempt to qualify for the World Cup though.