It's knockout stage time for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and on Sunday that finds a pair of familiar foes in the United States and Jamaica facing off in the quarterfinals. This will be the 29th time these two countries play each other and the third straight time it's happened in the knockout rounds of the Gold Cup. Team USA is hoping to continue on its quest for a second straight championship – the Americans won the Nations League title in June – and its first Gold Cup title since 2017, while Jamaica looks to hoist the trophy for the first time ever. These two teams faced each other earlier this year, in a friendly back in March.
Concacaf Gold Cup Group B: United States vs. Jamaica
When: Sunday, July 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
TV: FS1 and Univision
Three Things to Watch
1. How the United States got here
Team USA claimed Group B (3-0-0, 9 points) with convincing wins over Haiti, Martinique, and regional rival Canada. The Americans outscored these opponents 8-1, putting forth their second straight strong early performance in this tournament. In 2019, USMNT didn't give up a goal in group play (outscored opponents 11-0) before eventually falling to Mexico 1-0 in the championship match. This time around while Team USA's offense has stolen the show at times, the defense has been even more impressive. But that side will be tested on Sunday by the Jamaicans.
2. How Jamaica got here
The “Reggae Boyz” finished second place in Group C (2-1-0, 6 points). They defeated both Suriname and Guadeloupe by a combined score of 4-1, but were shut out by group winner Costa Rica (1-0) to close out group play. This is the fifth time in the last six Gold Cups in which Jamaica has reached the knockout rounds. The Caribbean island nation finished fourth in 2019, and was the runner-up in both 2017 and '15.
3. Players to watch
Cory Burke, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Junior Flemmings, and Shamar Nicholson have accounted for Jamaica’s goals thus far. The team also has rotated between Andre Blake and Dillon Barnes at the goalkeeper position with the duo combining for eight saves. For the Americans, Daryl Dike, Nicholas Gioacchini, Shaquell Moore (who scored the fastest goal in Gold Cup history against Canada), Miles Robinson, Sam Vines, and Gyasi Zardes have provided the offense. Matt Turner has held down the fort in net as he's posted 12 saves through the first three games.
The United States maintains a 17-3-8 advantage overall in its series with Jamaica including a 48-19 scoring margin. The USMNT is 4-2 in its last six matches with the Jamaicans, including a win in their March friendly, the 2019 Gold Cup semifinals, and also beat them for the 2017 Gold Cup championship. Team USA continues its success against Jamaica on Sunday with the defense being the difference.