Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey scored as the U.S. advanced to the semifinals of the Gold Cup at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., against Jamaica, 2-0.
The U.S. got a fortunate goal from Jones when his shot was deflected in at about the 49th minute. Jones was involved in a controversial play minutes later when he was on a breakaway. He was challenged by Jermaine Taylor, and Jones went down, but on the replay there was no contact.
Playing with a man down, the U.S. was able to maintain possession, despite some inspired play by Jamaica. The Americans dominated most of the match, with Jamaica getting few chances to mount a serious counter attack.
In the 79th minute, forward Juan Agudelo found an unmarked Dempsey, who avoided the challenge by Donovan Ricketts, and slipped the ball in the goal with relative ease.
Ricketts gave an excellent performance in goal. He was responsible for keeping Jamaica in the game with some spectacular saves. The Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper exchanged jerseys with MLS teammate Landon Donovan after the game.
Donovan was subbed in the game roughly midway through the second half. He didn't start the game due to illness.
Jozy Altidore suffered from an apparent hamstring strain in the first half, and was subbed out of the game for Agudelo. Steve Cherundolo hurt his shoulder in the match, but continued to play.
The victory was important for head coach Bob Bradley who may be in danger of losing his job should the U.S. bow out early from the tournament.
The U.S. will play the winner of Panama and El Salvador.