Epic win for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz, 'shocking loss' for US football team in Atlanta
Jamaican footballer Darren Mattocks, 24, scored the first goal in the 31st minute. Shortly after Giles Barnes scored from a free kick to put Jamaica ahead 2-0 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Wow Jamaica won a football match? Shocking news— Mr. Freeman (@Rem_YDN) 23 июля 2015
Michael Bradley’s goal in the 48th minute held out promises for the US team, but didn't change things for the better in the long run. Throughout the game they kept charging at Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, who plays for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the third-tier United Soccer League. Bradley almost evened the game in the 57th, when his shot rebounded off Thompson’s chest, struck the near post and deflected away.
After 45 minutes Jamaica has a shocking result. Can they see it through? Bob Marley has a big smile on his face wherever he is. #ReggaeBoyz— Mike Goncalves (@MGoncalves10) 22 июля 2015
In the 71st minute, the US's Brad Evans sent a long throw-in into the box, which German-American John Brooks reached with a header. It was on target, but Thompson dove spectacularly to prevent the goal.
Always Shocking Out - Gwan Jamaica .........History In The Making!! pic.twitter.com/DrQMdLsVy6— Ryddim Kings (@Ryddimkings) 23 июля 2015
"We've shocked a few people along the way, but we've not shocked ourselves. We don't fear anybody. We put out a great team," US coach Jurgen Klinsmann told AFP.
FINAL: Jamaica 2, USMNT 1. And yes, that result is as shocking as you think it is. Down go the Americans— Matt Pentz (@mattpentz) 22 июля 2015
"The luck was not with us but maybe we were not clinical enough as well," he added. "We saw a lot of good stuff, but it's the goals that matter."
Can't believe we are going to lose to Jamaica.. Shocking.. Can't remember the last time we didn't make a Gold Cup Final— Noah (@NoahFazekas) 22 июля 2015
While the US team and fans are disappointed, Jamaica's Reggae Boyz have a big reason to celebrate.
On Sunday, they will play for the crown in Philadelphia against six-times champion Mexico.
"We cannot have a party now. We still have one more match," Jamaican coach Winfried Schaefer said. "Bob Marley comes after the match," he added.