"They're a different
type of Jamaican team than we've seen in the past,” said U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena. “They have a lot of discipline, they're very strong defensively, and they're
hard to play against. That to me is not what you typically see of a Jamaican team.”
Whitmore brings into the final an organized team, a hot goalkeeper in Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake and dangerous forward in the Portland Timbers' Darren Mattocks. Jamaica shut out Mexico twice and has allowed a tournament-low two goals in five games.
"They have good experienced players all over," said Arena. "In the midfield with Watson holding down the center part of midfield. The backline has been very good. We all know Blake is an outstanding goalkeeper. Mattocks has really been a very strong striker and is very dangerous and can turn a game on one play."
Michael Bradley on U.S. strategy. The USA will need to shut down the Jamaicans before they can get out on the break and create the kind of chances that opponents have gotten against the USA throughout the tournament.
"A part that we’ve emphasized," U.S. captain Michael Bradley, "is this idea that if we’re good and patient with the ball, then our ability to organize and give balance behind the attack and make sure that we can arrange ourselves in a good aggressive way and really clamp things down before they have the ability to use their speed and athleticism."