Rumors of the United States’ demise as a regional power have been greatly exaggerated. The Stars and Stripes have put a couple lackluster performances before the start of the Gold Cup behind them, and they crushed all three of their opponents in the Group Stage. The USMNT defeated Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama by a combined score of 11-0, and they are believed to have the easiest path to the semifinals based on the soccer betting line for their match with Curacao.
The other semifinal is much more even as the oddsmakers expect a tight, low-scoring match between Panama and Jamaica.
Both quarterfinals on Sunday, June 30, will be played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first match is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET and the second game is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET
Panama PK -123 vs. Jamaica, O/U 1.5 and 2
When you see a total of 1.5 and 2 in a match, you know that both teams will lean heavily on their defense.
Jamaica finished atop Group C by virtue of being the only team in the group not to lose a match. They knocked off Honduras 3-2 in their first match, and the Reggae Boyz followed that up with a scoreless draw against El Salvador. Jamaica nearly grabbed a second group stage win after taking an early lead on Curacao in their last match of the Group Stage, but Jurien Gaari scored in the third minute of extra time to salvage a draw.
The Canal Men had little trouble with Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana in their first two matches of the Gold Cup, winning both games by two goals to lock up a spot in the knockout round. They were a bit lackluster in their final match against the US, but they were able to hold the US to a single goal.
The back line for Jamaica is very solid. Familiar names like Alvas Powell and Kemar Lawrence have stepped up with Wes Morgan deciding not to take part in this year’s competition, and Andre Blake has been excellent in goal throughout the season. They have finished runner-up in the last two Gold Cups, and I’ll trust them here.
United States -2 and -2.5 vs. Curacao, O/U 3
What a difference two years can make. Curacao took part in the Gold Cup for the first time in 2017, and they failed to score a goal in three losses. This time around, they fared much better, topping Honduras 1-0 in their second match to give themselves a chance at making the knockout rounds. Gaari’s goal at the death against Jamaica kept those hopes alive, and they were sent through after Honduras hammered El Salvador.
As a constituent country of the Netherlands, Curacao has a major advantage over other teams in the Caribbean. They get to send a lot of their best players to the Netherlands for training as young players, and that experience in the Dutch system is vital. Of the 23 players on their Gold Cup roster, 12 play professionally for teams in the Netherlands.
The United States are out to put that feel-good story to an end. The USMNT have seemingly solved a lot of their offensive woes, but to be fair, Guyana just weren’t good and Trinidad and Tobago were surprisingly porous in the back.
It seems obvious that Curacao will play a very defensive game, and I think that will frustrate the Americans. The US will eventually get the win, but I don’t believe they will cover the goal line.
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