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USA wins Gold Cup 2017 on Jordan Morris strike

Dempsey “only” collects a game-winning assist.

The only United States player that appeared in every Gold Cup match, Jordan Morris pounced on a his opportunity to cap his tournament off. His 88’ strike broke a 1-1 tie and gave the USMNT a sixth Gold Cup, as they beat Jamaica 2-1. Clint Dempsey assisted on the winner, his second third of the tournament. Dempsey only played in three games.

In the first half Morris was slowed with what looked like an ankle injury after a rough tackle. It forced Jordan and Jozy to switch spaces, as Jordan lacked the speed to do what he does past.

But the second 45 minutes were vintage Morris, minus Jamaica’s goal in the 50th minute when Jordan lost is mark and didn’t catch up in time. Later, he sped by Alvas Powell, the Timbers fullback, like a cone, and had a couple solid moments on defense mixing speed and opportunistic play.

Morris tied for most goals scored in the tournament. Alphonso Davies won the Golden Boot on the first tie-breaker, assists. From 2015 to the present Jordan now has three appearances in Cup finals. Each was a win (Stanford in NCAA, Sounders in MLS Cup, and USA in Gold Cup). Morris also made the Gold Cup XI along with teammates Altidore, Bradley, Gonzalez, Nagbe and Zusi.

Clint Dempsey played the final 35+3 minutes. In that time he took two shots and nabbed the game-winning assist. He had a snap header tip-saved that then went off the post. While he failed to get the USMNT scoring record, he did get another Gold Cup championship. It was Clint’s second assist in just three games.

Seattle Sounders fullback Oniel Fisher played as an outside midfielder in Jamaica’s 5-3-2. He tried to defend from the more forward position, but wasn’t as involved in play as he’s been as a outside back with Seattle.

Former Sounder, and current Tampa Bay Rowdie, Damion Lowe put in a solid performance. In the first half he was particularly effective in limiting both Morris and Jozy Altidore.

And of course, after US Soccer brought Cristian Roldan back for the final, the Gold Cup ended with Jorstian Mordan enjoying life and friendship.

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