Jamaica to face USA in pre-Gold Cup friendly

By Sports Desk March 28, 2019

The Jamaica national team is slated to face the United States in a friendly international scheduled for June 5 at the Audi Field in Washington.

The match will serve part of both team’s final preparations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will kick off on July 15.  The match will be the first between the teams since the United States defeated Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 Gold Cup final.

The USA has traditionally dominated the fixture, with the Jamaicans having to wait until 2012 to record their first win in 25 games.  The Jamaicans, however, also eliminated the United States from the semi-finals of the 2015 Gold Cup, before going on to lose to the United States.

The teams have had contrasting results in their last couple of matches.  The United States registered comfortable 3-0 and 2-0 wins over Panama and Costa Rica, respectively, while Jamaica suffered losses to El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Jamaica are currently 54th in the FIFA World Rankings. Mexico (17th), the U.S. (25th), and Costa Rica (37th) are the only higher-ranked CONCACAF teams.

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