Defending champions the United States set up a blockbuster CONCACAF Gold Cup final against rivals Mexico after beating Jamaica 3-1. Despite being pretty even statistically and Jamaica having the chances to draw level, the USA was superior on the night and could have had a 2-0 or 3-0 lead after just 15 minutes.
Weston McKennie scored for the second straight game, on an assist from Jozy Altidore, to give the US the lead in the ninth minute.
After FC Dallas academy product Weston McKennie scored during a flying start in the opening 15 minutes, a lightning delay of almost 90 minutes, combined with some already exhausted legs on short rest combined to produce a bruising, open but sometimes uneven final 75 minutes at Nissan Stadium.
The victor plays Mexico on Sunday in Chicago. "I think it's a good team, quality players, I think good team concept, a lot of intensity that they play with, and they can hurt teams".
Nicholson's goal was the first against the U.S.in the tournament and ended a 482-minute scoreless streak by the American defense.
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The U.S. held the narrow lead through the halftime whistle, before Pulisic got some insurance.
McKennie's goal developed from a long pass from Michael Bradley to Reggie Cannon on the side of the penalty area. Jamaica recently beat the US, taking a 1-0 result at D.C. United's Audi Field against a mostly second-choice U.S. squad. "We want to get to the final". Cannon crossed and Altidore had his back to the goal as he tapped the ball to a charging McKennie.
Berhalter brought in Gyasi Zardes for Altidore in the 55th minute, and McKennie again played a ideal pass to Zardes a few minutes later to put the Columbus Crew striker through on goal. The 20-year-old booted a point-blank, right-footed shot past Blake.
Altidore and Cannon had earned starts along with attacker Jordan Morris, and central defender Matt Miazga's as part of Berhalter's lineup shuffle. The Reggae Boyz then threatened a few more times through Leon Bailey, but couldn't find a way through.
It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led United States of America and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute. The ball rebounded out to the far-post, where Pulisic hit a one-touch shot into the net for a two-goal lead. "I think it's going to be a great game".