DaMarcus Beasley was coaxed out of retirement and played with the U.S. national team in Saturday’s loss to Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition.
Mexico ensured that the match would not come down to any calls in the final minutes with a 3-1 win over upstart Jamaica for the CONCACAF Gold Cup title on Sunday.
Jamaica stunned the United States with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and held on for a 2-1 victory in the Gold Cup semifinals Wednesday night.
With five-time champion United States waiting in Wednesday night’s semifinal, Jamaica coach Winfried Schaefer is playing up his team’s underdog role once again.
Jurgen Klinsmann chose to add DaMarcus Beasley, Joe Corona and Alan Gordon for the knockout rounds, which begin with the quarterfinals Saturday in Baltimore.
“They group together well. They play together well,” Panama coach Hernan Gomez said after his team held the U.S. to a 1-1 draw in Group A on Monday night. “My personal opinion? This is the team to beat.”
Dempsey scored in the 47th minute and Brad Guzan made a pair of point-blank saves in the second half for the defending champions, who improved to 2-0 in the opening round and clinched a spot in a July 18 quarterfinal in Baltimore.
Clint Dempsey scored twice on headers not far from where he trained as a youth, and the United States opened defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Honduras on Tuesday night.
Soccer is on a lot of minds after the U.S. women’s win at the World Cup on Sunday, and you can see some of the best men in the world play in North Texas on Tuesday night.
The USMNT goes for its sixth Gold Cup and a birth in the Confederations Cup.
Mexico’s Gold Cup chances could take a hit after Tuesday’s tune-up game with Honduras. Star forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez left the scoreless draw with a collarbone injury.
The U.S. Men’s National Team will visit Toyota Stadium in Frisco next summer as part of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.