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United States v Jamaica Live Commentary, 27/7/17

FT
2 - 1
USA
JAM
J. Altidore (45)
J. Morris (88)
J. Watson (50)
Levi's Stadium

Commentary

That's all for today! Thank you for following our LIVE coverage of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final - hope you've enjoyed it and congratulations to USA! Until next time, see you soon!
Jordan Morris was the hero as his 89th-minute strike sealed a sixth Gold Cup for USA, who move to within one of Mexico's record. It is also a third triumph for Bruce Arena, who is still yet to taste defeat during his second spell in charge of the Stars and Stripes.
FULL-TIME: USA 2-1 JAMAICA
90' + 4' THAT'S IT!!! USA ARE THE 2017 CONCACAF GOLD CUP CHAMPIONS!
T. Howard
Yellow Card
United States
90' + 2' Howard is booked for time-wasting.
D. McCarty
D. Nagbe
United States
90' + 2' Meanwhile, USA are determined to run the clock down as Nagbe is replaced by Dax McCarty.
C. Burke
D. Mattocks
Jamaica
90' A last throw of the dice for Jamaica, as Cory Burke comes on in place of Mattocks.
C. Dempsey
Assist
United States
88' Dempsey cushioned the ball nicely into the path of his Seattle teammate.
J. Morris
Goal
United States
88' MORRIS HAS WON IT!!! USA are on the brink of a sixth Gold Cup title as the Seattle Sounders forward drills home what could prove to be the winner. Zardes whips a dangerous ball into the box where it is controlled by Dempsey, before Morris buries it in the top corner to raise the roof at the Levi's Stadium!
K. Lambert
L. Richie
Jamaica
87' Jamaica's second change of the final sees Ritchie replaced by Kevon Lambert.
86' GREAT GOALKEEPING! Dempsey stands over the ball and opts for a low, driven delivery into the box. It almost breaks kindly for the hosts to scramble home, but Miller bravely throws himself in the way to deny them.
84' FREE-KICK! Altidore draws the foul from Mattocks and USA have a great opportunity to edge their noses back in front here...
81' USA are enjoying the more possession of the two sides and looking the more in control, but Jamaica are holding their own and are incredibly dangerous on the counter attack.
78' Pick a winner from this! Both nations are really going for it in the closing stages of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final and, at the moment, it is a shame that there has to be a loser.
G. Zusi
Yellow Card
United States
76' Zusi is shown a yellow card.
G. Zardes
P. Arriola
United States
76' A second change from USA sees Arriola replaced by Gyasi Zardes.
75' WHAT A SAVE! And what a finish this is turning into! Dempsey must have thought his historic moment was imminent when his header arrowed towards the corner of the net. However, Miller springs across brilliantly to tip it onto the post!
74' CHANCE! Seconds later, Jamaica hit USA with an almost devastating counter attack. Fisher whips the ball to the near post, where Zusi is positioned fortunately to turn it behind before Powell can pounce.
73' GREAT SAVE! The balls breaks very kindly on the edge of the box for Morris, whose arrowed strike is destined for the top corner but for wonderful reflexes from Miller to turn it away.
71' Back on the pitch, USA force a corner which is taken by Bradley and met by Gonzalez, whose brilliant headed attempt bounces just wide of the post.
69' A goalscoring midfielder in his day, Whitmore played 10 times against America including his 120th and final international cap in October 2004. Third in terms of both appearances and goals on his country's all-time list, he is also Jamaica's top scorer at the FIFA World Cup Finals having netted twice in the 2-1 win over Japan on their only appearance.
67' Whitmore is barking instructions at his players from the touchline, as he aims to guide them to a first international trophy other than the Caribbean Cup.
65' The Americans are really turning up the pressure on their opponents. Bradley's cross takes a deflection off Powell before looping and clipping the top of the crossbar. Jamaica are fighting the tide at the moment!...
63' FREE HEADER! Some patient play from USA eventually sees the ball whipped in from the left to the far post, where an unmarked Arriola is able to get a free header on goal - pnly to find the grateful arms of Miller.
60' Watson has to be careful! Already on a yellow card, he left his foot in late on Dempsey but the referee gave him the benefit of the doubt on this occasion.
59' He equalled Landon Donovan's record with his 57th international goal in the semi-final win over Costa Rica, but can Dempsey become USA's all-time leading scorer outright today? What a stage this would be to break the record...
L. Richie
Yellow Card
Jamaica
57' Ritchie is the next player to have his name taken by Mr Lopez.
C. Dempsey
K. Acosta
United States
55' HERE COMES THE HISTORY CHASER! Arena decides that now is the time to introduce Clint Dempsey into the action, with Acosta the man to make way.
52' GAME ON! It may have only been his fourth international goal, but Watson is unlikely to score a more important one for Jamaica. We are all square and finely poised for the next 40 minutes or so!...
K. Lawrence
Assist
Jamaica
50' Lawrence provided a brilliant cross that was just begging to be attacked.
J. Watson
Goal
Jamaica
50' EQUALISER!!! Watson levels the match! Just seconds after dealing with a USA free-kick at one end, Jamaica force a corner down the other. Lawrence swings the delivery towards the far post, where Watson ghosts in to volley past Howard and send the Reggae Boyz into ecstasy!
48' Since its inception in 1991, the CONCACAF Gold Cup has only ever been won by two nations - USA and Mexico. Jamaica need to respond quickly here in order to buck the trend in 2017, you feel.
46' KICK-OFF! The referee blows his whistle and USA get the ball rolling once more!
The players are back out and the second half is imminent.
USA edged their noses in front just before the break thanks to that sensational free-kick from Jozy Altidore, who has dealt Jamaica a real hammer blow with his 39th international goal. It has made Theodore Whitmore's team talk a little more difficult, but Arena will be urging the Americans to look for more goals after the restart.
HALF-TIME - USA 1-0 JAMAICA
45' + 4' Mr Lopez blows for half-time!
45' + 2' We are now into the second of four additional minutes at the end of this first half.
J. Altidore
Goal
United States
45' ALTIDORE!!! An absolutely fantastic free-kick! The Toronto FC forward stands over the ball and brilliantly whips it past Miller off the underside of the crossbar. He passionately beats his chest and the crowd go wild as the hosts draw first blood in the final!
44' Meanwhile, USA have a free-kick of their own at the other end after Williams fouls Bradley. What a time to score this would be...
43' Lawrence was the hero in the semi-finals with a marvellous free-kick to stun the Mexicans. However, this is not one of his finer dead-ball deliveries, as it is away from his teammates and easily gathered by Howard.
41' CHANCE! The hosts ask questions at the other end, with Nagbe bursting past a challenge and into the box. He squares the ball across the area but, after Morris does not strike it cleanly, Acosta is penalised for obstructing Ritchie.
39' GOOD DEFENDING! Danger for USA as Mattocks embarks on a pacy and powerful run down the left flank. He cuts inside and darts into the box, but Gonzalez steps in to make a vital intervention at the expense of a corner.
K. Acosta
Yellow Card
United States
37' Acosta joins Mattocks in the book after a rash challenge on Ritchie.
34' The Portland Timbers striker was on target with Jamaica's consolation in the 2015 final, while he also netted in the semi-final victory over USA - the Reggae Boyz's most recent triumph against the Stars and Stripes.
D. Mattocks
Yellow Card
Jamaica
32' Mattocks is the first player to have his name taken during the final and must now tread carefully for the remainder of the contest.
30' As we hit the half-hour mark, the 2017 Gold Cup final remains deadlocked with USA and Jamaica still to find the breakthrough. You can normally expect a closely fought and low-scoring encounter in the majority of tournament finals and, so far, this has been no exception.
27' Well, he may still get the opportunity to lift the trophy should Jamaica go on to glory. After all, that is exactly what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo following Portugal's UEFA Euro 2016 success.
25' It is a very sad moment for Blake, who would have loved the opportunity to captain his country to glory, but receives a generous reception from the crowd as he makes his way towards the tunnel.
D. Miller
A. Blake
Jamaica
23' A distraught Blake is in tears as he trundles around the pitch and is replaced in goal by Dwayne Miller.
20' INJURY! It was a great save by Blake, but at what cost? The referee stopped play soon after that attack as he nursed his hand and looked to be in some distress. The Philadelphia Union stopper is receiving attention from the medical team, but his final could well be over...
18' GREAT EFFORT! Altidore receives the ball around 30 yards from goal and some space opens for him to let fly with a thunderous effort that stings the palms of Blake, who then shows good reflexes to recover and block Acosta's follow-up.
16' Nagbe receives the ball out on the left flank and cuts inside before letting fly with his right foot from 25 yards. However, there is no real direction on his effort, which sails wide of the far post and is never troubling Blake.
14' As we approach the quarter-of-an-hour mark, it has been a fairly open game so far with both nations enjoying plenty of possession and neither really dominating as of yet.
12' Watson is one of Jamaica's more experienced players on display in America. Today marks his 70th cap and he is one of the three men remaining in the squad from the 2015 Gold Cup Final defeat against Mexico.
10' OUCH! Watson lets Morris know where he is with a crunching late tackle in the centre of the field. Mr Lopez keeps the cards in his pockets for now, but the New England Revolution midfielder can count himself lucky not to be in the book after that.
8' The skipper is earning his 136th international cap today - three of which have now come in a tournament final. Fourth on his country's all-time list and only turning 30 on Monday, you would fancy him to go on a break Cobi Jones' record of 164 appearances.
6' Bradley steps into the quarterback role and aims to pick out the onrushing Arriola with a pinpoint diagonal crossfield ball. However, Jamaica read the danger well to intercept and clear.
5' Super Bowl 50 and WrestleMania 31 were held at the home of the San Francisco 49ers, while the likes of Beyonce and Coldplay have also performed here in recent years. Who will take centre stage and create headlines today?...
3' The Levi's Stadium provides a grand setting for the 25th meeting between these two nations. Jamaica have only triumphed twice in the history of this fixture, but what a time it would be to make it third time lucky here.
1' KICK-OFF! Walter Lopez from Guatemala is our referee today. He blows his whistle and Jamaica get the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final underway!
HERE WE GO! The teams are finally making their way out onto the field and we are about to observe the national anthems. Kick-off is just moments away!...
JAMAICA SUBS: Miller, Harriott, Campbell, Francis, Grandison, Burke, Binns, Nicholson, Johnson, Lambert, R. Morris, Hyatt.
JAMAICA (5-3-2): Blake; Powell, Lowe, Ritchie, Taylor, Lawrence; Gordon, Watson, Fisher; Mattocks, Williams.
It is just a single change for Jamaica following their dramatic win over Mexico in the semis with Oniel Fisher replacing Shaun Francis in a three-man midfield, while Portland Timbers striker Darren Mattocks leads the attack alongside Romario Williams. Kemar Lawrence and Je-Vaughn Watson are starting for a second consecutive Gold Cup final.
USA SUBS: Hamid, Miazga, Pontius, Zardes, Corona, McCarty, Lichaj, Morrow, Agudelo, Hedges, Dempsey, J. Gonzalez.
USA (4-4-2): Howard; Zusi, O. Gonzalez, Besler, Villafana; Arriola, Bradley (c), Acosta, Nagbe; Altidore, J. Morris.
For the first time since returning as head coach, Bruce Arena has named an unchanged starting line-up for the Stars and Stripes following their 2-0 victory over Costa Rica. That means that Tim Howard keeps goal for the third time in an international tournament final, while captain Michael Bradley will be pulling the strings in midfield behind the attacking pair of Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris, who has appeared in every match at this year's Gold Cup.
USA are very much at home ahead of what is their sixth final in the last seven Gold Cups and a record 10th overall, having topped Group B before seeing off El Salvador and Costa Rica in the knockout stages. Meanwhile, it is back-to-back finals for Jamaica, who are aiming to go the extra step and lift the trophy for the first time after finishing second in Group C before overcoming Canada and reigning champions Mexico.
Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final! We're at the Levi's Stadium in San Francisco Bay, where USA and Jamaica will battle it out for the right to lift the trophy later on. It's good to have your company!