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Going into the Gold Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team was considered a favorite to win it all. But, one of the wonderful and sometimes heartbreaking things about sports is that anything can happen on any given day. Tonight, the USMNT and the entire nation realized that first-hand when their heroes took on Jamaica in the semifinals.
In the 31st minute, Darren Mattocks put Jamaica on the board first after putting superb touch on a long throw-in.
Five minutes later, Jamaica struck again when Giles Barnes found the back of the net following an absolute sizzler just outside the box.
The United States went into halftime with a daunting task at hand. They needed two goals in the second half in order to keep their Gold Cup hopes alive. Three minutes in, the U.S. cut the deficit in half when Michael Bradley was able to capitalize on goalkeeper Ryan Thompson's inability to secure the ball into his chest.
The U.S. continued to force the issue, but they were never able to tie it up. Even though they came close.
Real, real close.
Real, real, real close.
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