video clip of USA vs Jamaica 2-0

The United States scored early to seal the deal against Jamaica with great communication. Panama will be much harder to beat but I know America can beat anyone in CONCACAF.

In the News: U.S. advances in Gold Cup soccer

    • Jermine Jones broke a scoreless tie early in the second half, leading the United States to a 2-0 victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals Sunday in Washington.

Jones fired a shot from outside the penalty area in the 49th minute and Jamaica defender Jermaine Taylor stuck out his foot, deflecting the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

To celebrate his Father’s Day goal, Jones gave a salute, honoring his soldier father.

“It was a nice little gift,” Jones said in postgame remarks translated from German by teammate Steve Cherundolo.

Jones started his international career playing in three friendlies for Germany before FIFA allowed his move to the United States team in 2009.

“It was a sign of respect,” Jones said of the celebration.

The United States will face the Panama-El Salvador winner in the semifinals on Wednesday in Houston.

Jones was in the middle of several big plays until he left the game in the 75th minute for substitute Maurice Edu.

Jones seemed to be in position for a goal late in the opening half, when Ricketts saved a shot by Juan Agudelo and the rebound bounced straight to Jones, but he couldn’t control the ball. Jones also drew a tackle from Taylor that earned the Jamaican defender a red card in the 67th minute.

“Jermaine has a good engine and has the ability in certain moments to get forward and be a threat,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “That was nice to see.”

Jones’ salute to his father wasn’t the only reminder in this game of the importance of families.

Midfielders Clint Dempsey, who scored the second goal in the 80th minute, and Landon Donovan had not trained with the team in Washington before the match. Each was excused to attend their sisters’ weddings — Dempsey in Texas and Donovan in California.

“Understanding them, understanding what families mean to them, you have to sometimes weigh things and make decisions,” Bradley said. “Ultimately, after speaking at different points with Landon and Clint, I knew how important both of these days were for them.”

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