Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 24th 2015 Contents A44
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When supporters of the USA
went to purchase their tickets for
the semifinal against Jamaica in
Georgia, they never catered for
any surprise defeat from the Reg-
As far as they were concerned,
this game was virtually a rehearsal
for the grand final of the Gold Cup,
where they even expected Mexico
to be their opponent as usual.
However, the German born Jur-
gen Klinsman, head coach of the
USA, may not taken a close enough look at the
Jamaicans when both teams were at the Copa Amer-
ica.It is also possible because the Reggae Boyz did
not get a point out of the group, they were not con-
sidered to be a bother.
In hindsight, Klinsman must now realise that this
team was as fit as they could ever have been and
the quality of their organisational play was disciplined,
leaving the key players in the team to show their
Surely the Americans were surprised when they
were never given the chance to build methodically
in midfield and were deprived from even stringing
passes in the Jamaican half of the field.
Jamaican coach Schaffer seemed enthusiastic about
the attitude of his players, but more so because they
were able to keep their focus. They never allowed
the popularity of Bradley, Dempsey and Thompson
to shake their game plan.
While the Reggae Boyz were excellent in team
play, the specific duties of Dawson, Lawrence, skipper
Austin and two dynamic attackers in McAnuff and
Barnes, were the major factors which saw them
through this game.
Barnes freekick was a superb shot, which tended
to upstage Maddock s header for the first goal.
The first 15 minutes in the second half saw a more
motivated USA with Bradley bringing the speed and
urgency into their attack. They literally forced the
Jamaicans to look vulnerable. In a flash of speed and
determination, we saw the feisty Thompson putting
pressure on the defense, forcing the goalkeeper to
clash with Hector and allow Bradley to place the ball
into an open goal.
Within eight minutes of their first goal, the US
created and missed six chances, the first was a strike
by Bradley which struck the keeper and the post,
but did not go in. The second was a huge miss by
Thompson when he followed a shot that struck the
crossbar and came directly to his head. He missed
Dempsey tried his typical aggressive moves and
created a shot which was powerful but wide.
It was then that the change in approach by Jamaica
calls Gold Cup
PANAMA CITY---The Panamanian Football Feder-
ation has demanded the removal of CONCACAF's
referee selection panel after describing the officiating
in the Gold Cup semifinal loss to Mexico as "insult-
ing and embarrassing."
The FPF, in a statement yesterday, also accused
the match officials of favouring Mexico "in a vulgar
and shameless way."
In the bad-tempered semi in Atlanta on Wednesday,
Panama forward Luis Tejada was red-carded in the
24th minute, but the team led 1-0 until stoppage
time when Roman Torres was penalised for a hand-
ball. Mexico converted that penalty, and another in
extra time to win 2-1.
After the match, the Panamanian players posed
for a photo under a banner calling CONCACAF cor-
United States' Clint Dempsey, left, collides with Jamaica's Wes Morgan during the second
half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal, Wednesday, in Atlanta. Jamaica won 2-1.
brought them stability
with their return to crisp
towards the flanks, cre-
ating small triangles and
executing sensible pass-
ing, more or less to retain
They succeeded in
actually aggravating the
US defenders, whose
desire to regain posses-
sion caused them to
commit many fouls and give away corners.
Time ran out for the US and the players
had not even returned to the dressing room
before the disappointment of the US
diehards started their campaign to fire
The former long haired US defender Alexei
Lallas was vociferous in that direction and
forgot to commend the general improvement
of that vastly improved Jamaican squad.
Let us take another look at the Caribbean
champions and wish them the best against
Mexico on Sunday.
(SEE FULL REPORT ON PAGE 52)
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