USA versus Jamaica: Gold Cup Finals Preview

Ab Stanley

The Gold Cup Finals are set. The U.S. Men’s soccer team will take on their counterparts from Jamaica in what should be an exciting and hard fought battle. There’s two sides to every story so how about we get two different perspectives on the game.

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USA will beat Jamaica in the Gold Cup for the following reasons:

Jamaica has a lot of speed on the wings and the USA has to be aware of that. This game will be won and lost in the midfield. With Michael Bradley controlling the play at midfield, he should be able to control the tempo of the game which will be in USA’s favor. With USA controlling the tempo, it should prevent Jamaica from counter attacking. Look for the back line of the USA to have their best game of the tournament .

Prediction: In the end, USA will prove to be too much for Jamaica to handle and will prevail 2-0.

 

Ab Stanley

Jamaica will win because:

The Jamaica men’s soccer team are on their way to a second straight Gold Cup Finals. To win, it will all starts with defense. Goalkeeper Andre Blake has been an absolute wall behind Jamaica’s defense. He has stopped shot after shot this tournament for his team giving up only one goal since being in the knockout-stage and three goals overall in the tournament. If they drop back further into their own half, it will keep the Americans passing instead of shooting. Jamaica should capitalize on counterattacks, break up drives and push the ball in the 18-yard box for scoring opportunities. Forward Darren Mattocks has been the teams best scorer with four goals on seven shots. If they gear their offense towards getting him free for a couple shots on goal, then Jamaica will be celebrating.

Prediction: The “Reggae Boyz” will keep it close early and strike late. They will win it 1-0

The Gold Cup Finals will take place on Wednesday July 26th, at 9:30 p.m. est.

Ab Stanley

Atlanta, GA

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