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USA vs. Jamaica: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

USA vs. Jamaica: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

USA vs. Jamaica: Concacaf Gold Cup Prediction and Preview

Two teams that are very familiar with each other are about to battle again. When the United States takes on Jamaica in the semifinals of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, it'll be a rematch of the 2017 Gold Cup championship game. A trip to this year's title game is at stake here but for these teams, there's something extra on the line as well. For Team USA, they're one step closer to a team-best seventh Gold Cup championship. While Jamaica is in search of their first-ever Gold Cup crown and is looking for revenge.

United States vs. Jamaica

When: Wednesday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET

Where: Nissan Stadium (Nashville, Tenn.)

TV: FS1 and Univision

Three Things to Watch

1. What is Team USA's mindset heading into this game?

Curacao gave the Americans all that they could handle in the quarterfinals. In the end, the U.S. secured a 1-0 victory, thanks to a goal from Weston McKennie, but Curacao's defense held up for roughly 80 percent of the game. This came after Team USA outscored its previous three opponents 11-0. Like Haiti, Curacao has also been a surprise in this year's Gold Cup, and they proved that the USMNT can be pushed hard. Jamaica could learn a few things from that game.

2. Jamaica's offense is under a microscope

After dropping three goals on Honduras in the Group C opener, "The Reggae Boyz" have only scored two goals in the three games since. Now while they did eliminate a struggling Panama team in the quarterfinals (1-0 was the score), Team USA has a more efficient offense than Panama does. Jamaica will need to score more than once if it hopes to play for the Gold Cup title.

3. The last time these teams met

It was the 2017 Gold Cup Championship game. A couple of late second-half goals gave Team USA a 2-1 win after trailing 1-0 for a good portion of the game. Many say that this was payback for Jamaica eliminating the U.S. in the semifinals of the 2015 Gold Cup. "The Reggae Boyz" were the runners-up then as well. Now both teams meet for a rubber match of sorts.

Overall the United States is 15-3-8 against Jamaica and has outscored the Caribbean nation 41-17. This is the 27th game between these two anchors of Concacaf, and the winner of this game will face Mexico (which ended Haiti's magical run on Tuesday night) for the championship at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 7. This will be a very physical matchup.

Final Analysis

Unless Jamaica can get the motor running again, this team will have difficulty keeping up with Team USA. The Americans have improved both offensively and defensively over these last couple of months and they are finally putting it all together.

Prediction: United States 2, Jamaica 1

— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.