USA Vs Jamaica CONCACAF Gold Cup Betting Odds and Game Info
The summer break between domestic football seasons can be a long one for fans, so it certainly helps when there is an international tournament scheduled to help pass some of the time. The CONCACAF Gold Cup may be down the tournament totem pole when compared to the likes of the World Cup, European Championships, and Confederation Cup, but it is still usually a very entertaining tournament that delivers some good football. The 2017 version has been no different, and after a few weeks of action, we are now down to the final two teams, one of which has to be considered a surprise.
No real shock is the presence of the United States in the final, as this will be their 6th Gold Cup win if they can pull out the victory on Wednesday night. There are sure to be a lot of fans disappointed that we are not going to see the US go up against Mexico in the final, as the reality is that this was not only the meeting that was expected, but also the one that most were hoping for. Instead, it will be Jamaica who will be the opposition for the US, with the Regga Boyz making their second consecutive final appearance after knocking off Mexico in the semi-final.
The US will be coming into this one as a heavy favorite, but that was also the case in the last CONCACAF Gold Cup, when they faced the Jamaicans in the semi-final, only to fall to a 2-1 loss. You can bet that the Americans will not be taking this game for granted, especially given how Jamaica saw off the Mexicans in the last round.
Analyzing The USA Vs Jamaica CONCACAF Gold Cup Betting Odds and Game Info
When: Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 PM EST
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
CONCACAF Gold Cup Odds:
Why bet on the USA
There is the real possibility that history might be made on Wednesday night, as a goal from Clint Dempsey would give him the all-time scoring record for the US Men’s National Team. As great as it would be for Dempsey to pass Landon Donovan to become the greatest scorer in US history, the focus here is going to be on getting the win.
The US started this tournament in rather sloppy fashion, which was no real surprise given that the squad brought to this tournament contained a lot of fringe players who ply their trade in the MLS. Things have looked a whole lot better in the knockout stages, probably because coach Bruce Arena brought in 6 veteran players, including the aforementioned Dempsey. Arena has yet to see his team lose since starting his second stint in charge, and that alone shouls make the US favorites for this one.
Why bet on Jamaica
This has been a tournament that has mostly been free of surprise results, but Jamaica changed all that when they knocked off Mexico in the semi-final. That was a game that looked to be heading to penalty kicks before Kemar Lawrence scored a stunning free kick with just 2 minutes left on the clock.
The confidence will now be riding high in the Jamaican camo, and for good reason. Jamaica have always been an entertaining side to watch, but they have often lacked that killer touch up front. They appear to have shaken that label off, at least in this tournament, and they are going to pose a legitimate threat to a US defensive group that has, at times, looked very shaky.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The addition of the 6 veteran players to the US squad has made all the difference, and those players give the American the edge over this Jamaican group. Confidence can only get you so far in a tournament, and it’s fair to say that Jamaica has already exceeded all expectations by making it to the final. I believe they are going to come up just a little short, and that the US will grab their 6th CONCACAF Gold Cup title.