United States vs Jamaica Prediction, Odds, Picks Gold Cup
- The United States will be well prepared against their rival
- An American striker with a high ceiling in the Gold Cup could take charge this weekend
- Jamaica’s weak-links were once again on display in their latest match
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United States vs Jamaica Predictions and Picks
There’s a familiarity between the United States men’s national team and Jamaica in the Gold Cup.
Often facing each other in the knockout round, there’s some history for the two nations who have become accustomed to the idea of running into one another.
Although the USMNT don’t have their best players, they maintain an advantage with the home crowd in Texas that’ll be in support.
And while Jamaica have some overlooked options in their roster that should be given more credit, it’s still doubtful if they could get the job done in the quarterfinal round.
How to Watch United States vs Jamaica
|United States vs Jamaica Information|
|Teams||United States vs Jamaica|
|Location||AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)|
|Time||Sunday, July 25th at 9:30pm ET|
|How to Watch||FS1, Univision, TUDN|
Jamaica probably had higher ambitions for themselves before the end of the group stage.
With two wins in hand in their first two games, a draw against Costa Rica in their most recent match would have been enough to claim the top spot in their group.
Jamaica looked better overall in that match against Costa Rica — and even had a one-man advantage at one point — but just couldn’t find the back of the net.
18 hopeless shots created nothing for Jamaica.
And after what seemed like a dream start to the competition, a lone goal from their Costa Rican opposition was enough to force a 1-0 loss and a spot at 2nd in their group.
Through that, they were also dealt with a match-up against a familiar side who have had no real complications with them.
Jamaica Are A Common Foe For The United States
Of the four times that Jamaica and the USMNT have gone up against one another in the last five knockout rounds of the Gold Cup, the United States have claimed three wins.
It’s not the best record for Jamaica and you’ll need to go back to 2015 to find the last time that they defeated the USMNT.
Of course, the squads are much different now.
And speaking of those squads, it must be noted that Jamaica rested their star goalkeeper Andre Blake and lead attacker Leon Bailey against Costa Rica.
Blake and Bailey will be motivated to push Jamaica towards that much-anticipated semifinal spot, and yet, so will a key player for the United States who could be a difference-maker.
Striker Daryl Dike Could Be Set For Another Influential USMNT Performance
There’s an almost tempered amount of hype when it comes to American striker Daryl Dike.
Fully aware of what the 21-year-old is capable of, but also recognizing that he is in fact just 21, USMNT fans have been patient with the clever yet physical striker.
Young players tend to have moments of inconsistency, but despite that, Dike was able to shine with two goals in the United States’ 6-0 demolition of Martinique in the group stage.
Dike has plenty to learn as a budding forward, but he’s undoubtedly a special talent.
Given some time against Jamaica, we might see some of the same magic that has made him such a fascinating prospect in American soccer.
Weaknesses Were Highlighted In Jamaica’s Latest Result
With the recognition that Bailey and Blake were on the bench, Jamaica were quite disappointing in their loss to Costa Rica in the group stage.
In what should have been a rebuke for those who have ignored them as title-contenders, Jamaica instead let opportunities slip away.
Which unfortunately somewhat defines their Gold Cup efforts.
They’ve never won the tournament but have consistently been strong minnows that somehow allow a late equalizer or game-winner from their opponents.
And as much as it would be romantic to believe in them taking control of their own fate this year, the USMNT will be one hurdle too many.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]