U.S. beats Curacao, plays Jamaica in Gold Cup semifinals

  • Curacao’s Jafar Arias, left, as well as United States’ Aaron Long jump for the ball during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Mug football suit, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philly. The USA won 1-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • USA’ Zack Steffen, right, and also Walker Zimmerman commemorate after Steffen blocked a fired throughout the 2nd half of a CONCACAF Gold Mug soccer suit versus Curacao, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philly. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

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  • United States’ Zack Steffen, right, blocks a shot as Curacao’s Leandro Bacuna, from left, Cuco Martina as well as Darryl Lachman view throughout the 2nd fifty percent of a CONCACAF Gold Mug soccer suit, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philly. The USA won 1-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • Curacao’s Leandro Bacuna, left, passes the sphere as USA’ Paul Arriola trails throughout the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup football match, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. The USA won 1-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • United States’ Walker Zimmerman (5) leaps for the ball as Curacao’s Jafar Arias looks on during the 2nd fifty percent of a CONCACAF Gold Mug soccer match, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. The United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • Curacao’s Ayrton Statie, left, and USA’ Nick Lima leap for the ball throughout the initial fifty percent of a CONCACAF Gold Mug football suit, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philly. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • United States’ Weston Mckennie, right, celebrates with Tyler Boyd after Mcnennie’s goal throughout the very first fifty percent of a CONCACAF Gold Cup football match versus Curacao, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philly. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • Curacao’s Darryl Lachman, right, attempts to swipe the ball from United States’ Weston Mckennie throughout the very first fifty percent of a CONCACAF Gold Cup football suit, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • USA’ Tyler Boyd (21) passes the ball as Curacao’s Darryl Lachman (4) views throughout the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Mug soccer match, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • United States’ Tyler Boy, right, is stumbled by Curacao’s Leandro Bacuna throughout the initial fifty percent of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer suit, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philly. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

  • Curacao’s Eloy Area can not quit a goal by USA’ Weston Mckennie throughout the very first fifty percent of a CONCACAF Gold Cup football match, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum).

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PHILADELPHIA– The United States was beat throughout the 2nd fifty percent by 79th-ranked Curacao however took care of to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Mug semifinals with a 1-0 win Sunday night behind Weston McKennie’s objective in the 25th minute.

The safeguarding champion U.S. prolonged its Gold Mug winning streak to 9 as well as will certainly play Jamaica on Wednesday at Nashville, Tennessee, in the second semifinal, a night after Mexico encounters Haiti at Glendale, Arizona. The U.S. reached the semifinals for the 10th straight Gold Cup and 14th in 15 overall.

Christian Pulisic, the Americans’ 20-year-old celebrity midfielder, captained the U.S. for the second time and also fed McKennie for the objective. Pulisic cut in from a flank as well as crossed, and also McKennie headed in the ball from 4 yards for his 2nd goal in 12 worldwide appearances.

Playing near his home town of Hershey, Pulisic shot just broad in the 2nd min as well as was rejected in the 4th when goalkeeper Eloy Space while dropping to his left reached to his right to tip Pulisic’s shot over the crossbar.

Curacao had 60 percent possession in the 2nd half. American goalkeeper Zack Steffen, a local of country Coatesville, made a jumping minimize Leandro Bacuna in the 84th minute.

The 30th-ranked Americans have actually outscored challengers 12-0 in the tournament, the champion of North and Central America and also the Caribbean, and have held challengers scoreless for 405 minutes generally.

This will certainly be the 3rd straight Gold Cup in which the UNITED STATE and Jamaica fulfill in the knockout stage. The Reggae Boyz upset the UNITED STATE in the 2015 semifinals, as well as the Americans beat Jamaica in the 2017 final.

Pulisic’s only previous video game as captain remained in a 1-0 event defeat to Italy last Nov. 20 under interim coach Dave Sarachan. New coach Gregg Berhalter has had 9 various captains in 10 games.

Berhalter went back to the exact same starting lineup he made use of for the first group phase matches against Guyana and after that Trinidad and also Tobago. With the UNITED STATE assured of advancing, Berhalter transformed all 11 beginners against Panama for the team phase ending against Panama.

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