U.S. tops Ja­maica to win Gold Cup

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

U.S. 2, JA­MAICA 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jor­dan Mor­ris scored a tiebreak­ing goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Ja­maica 2-1 Wed­nes­day night for its sixth CON­CA­CAF Gold Cup ti­tle and first since 2013.

Jozy Alti­dore’s goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute beat backup goal­keeper Dwayne Miller af­ter Ja­maica cap­tain An­dre Blake left with a hand in­jury.

Je-Vaughn Wat­son tied the score in the 50th off Ke­mar Lawrence’s cor­ner kick. Mor­ris, a star at nearby Stan­ford from 2013-15, got the break­through goal with a 14-yard right-footed shot af­ter Jer­maine Taylor’s header failed to clear Gyasi Zardes’ cross. It was the fifth in­ter­na­tional goal for Mor­ris, who tied for the tour­na­ment lead with three goals.

The U.S. ex­tended its un­beaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5) un­der Bruce Arena, who be­came the first coach to win three Gold Cup ti­tles.

U.S. cap­tain Michael Bradley earned the Golden Ball at the tour­na­ment’s top player.


United States' Jor­dan Mor­ris (8) and Michael Bradley cel­e­brate af­ter Mor­ris’ goal against Ja­maica dur­ing the Gold Cup fi­nal in Santa Clara, Calif.

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