US Soccer Eliminated From Gold Cup By Jamaica
Jamaica eliminated the US Men's National Team from the Gold Cup in shocking fashion on Wednesday, 2-1.
The Americans were heavily favored and expected to waltz into the finals over the Jamaicans, but a 2-0 deficit before halftime put the Yanks on their heels early. It was a frantic scramble in the second half after Michael Bradley spiced things up with a goal in the early phases, but the whistle sounded before the equalizer came.
Most onlookers probably expected the offensive onslaught brought about by the USMNT to hit the back of the net eventually, but the attacks never connected. The attempts toward the end of the game appeared desperate, with crosses being thrown into the box left and right. After hoisting the Gold Cup the last time around, US Soccer fans are treated to disappointment this tournament.
Give credit to a developing Jamaican side. Giles Barnes' free kick ended up being the game winner, and he bent it around the wall and past Brad Guzan like a seasoned assassin finisher.
The futbol fervor will end in America for a while. International competition always brings the best out of casual soccer fans, but a loss always drives them back into apathy.