Altidore, Morris start vs Jamaica, among 4 U.S. changes | AP sports

Altidore, Morris start vs Jamaica, among 4 U.S. changes | AP sports

In a match interrupted by several minutes by lightning, and a rainstorm the U.S. defeated Jamaica's Reggae Boyz on Wednesday night (July 3) in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in their semi-final at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

On 16 minutes a passing lightning storm forced the suspension of the game for 90 minutes, as players were forced to leave the pitch, and spectators asked to take shelter and avoid using electronics, including cell phones.

In a match that was delayed more than a half an hour in the first half due to weather, Christian Pulisic scored twice and Weston McKennie added another in a 3-1 victory that puts the US on the verge of repeating and coach Gregg Berhalter potentially just days away from his first ever title as a manager. McKennie had scored in the 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Curacao on Sunday.

The Reggae Boyz reached the 2015 and 2017 Gold Cup finals, falling to Mexico and the United States, respectively.

Then it was Pulisic's chance to get on the scoresheet, and it proved to be the victor.

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"I'm really disappointed that we conceded a goal in this tournament, but it's a learning moment and something that looking back on it now, I'm glad we did because the guys had to dig deep", Berhalter said.

Two years after beating Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, the USA men's national team (USMNT) and the Reggae Boyz cross paths once more. Michael Bradley spotted Cannon making a run down right wing and drilled a 40-yard pass on the money to Cannon in stride. "As the game wore on, we got heavy".

Altidore and Cannon had earned starts along with attacker Jordan Morris, and central defender Matt Miazga's as part of Berhalter's lineup shuffle. Schalke's McKennie, meanwhile, showed why he is so highly rated with a goal and a couple of defense-splitting balls.

The Reggae Boyz rebounded and four minutes later, Bailey passed deftly to substitute Shamar Nicholson, who scored with a header. First Leon Bailey missed a shot at goal, then Mattocks fired wide from the top of the box, and in the 22nd minute United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen valiantly saved a 30-yard scorcher from Junior Flemmings. "I think it's going to be a great game". The ball rebounded out to the far-post, where Pulisic hit a one-touch shot into the net for a two-goal lead.

Pulisic made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute and, Shamar Nicholson cut the deficit in the 69th and Pulisic got his second goal in the 87th, giving the 20-year-old 13 goals in 30 worldwide appearances. "I'd say we're critical of that".

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