Jordan Morris, the 22-year-old who had already struck twice in the tournament, scored the biggest goal of his career -- the 2017 Gold Cup final gamewinner in the 88th minute for a 2-1 victory over Jamaica.
The USA had taken a first-half lead with a long-range free kick by Jozy Altidore but the Reggae Boyz assured an exciting finish by equalizing in the 50th minute off a corner kick on which Morris was beaten at the far post.
USA Player Ratings:
Player (Club) Caps/Goals
5 Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City) 53/5
Right back struggled twice with Mattocks. Blocked a close-range Alvas Powell shot in the 76th minute. Helped bring the ball down the wing quite often.
6 Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX) 45/3
Came to the rescue in the 38th minute after Zusi was burned by Mattocks.
6 Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City) 44/1
Broke up a second-half attack when Jamaica was gaining a momentum. Hit some inaccurate passes out of the back in the first half but played more safely in the second.
8 Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna/MEX) 11/0
Left back defended winger Owayne Gordon. Moved forward with and combined well with Darlington Nagbe in first half and provided much of the build up play in the second. Crosses provided headers for Paul Arriola and Clint Dempsey.
6 Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX)
Enabled the USA to spread out the play by making himself constantly available on the right wing. One of the midfielders who helped USA have 68 percent of the possession.
4 Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas) 14/1
Decent start included a nice back-heel pass on first-half attack but began tackling recklessly and losing ball in midfield. Replaced in 55th minute.
7 Michael Bradley (Toronto FC) 136/17
Was fouled on play that led to the free kick from which Jozy Altidore scored. After central midfield partner Acosta was replaced by forward Dempsey, Bradley took on more defense midfield duties and covered well for the creative Nagbe. Broke up a late Jamaican counterattack.
7 Darlington Nagbe (Portland
From the left wing, provided most of the USA's first-half surges. Passed to Bradley in a dangerous area that resulted in foul for free-kick goal. He moved in the second half to the middle, where his dribbling tormented Jamaican midfielders, making them neglect the wings.
8 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC) 107/39
Forced a big save with a long-range shot in the 19th minute and opened the scoring with a searing 30-yard free kick in the 45th minute. Made some good passes in tight spaces.
8 Jordan Morris (Seattle
While defending on corner kick, beat to ball by Je-Vaugh Watson on Jamaica's equalizer but made up for it big time. Menaced the Reggae Boyz on the left flank as the USA sought the gamewinner, forced a Dwayne Miller save in the 73rd minute, and became the Gold Cup hero with his 15-yard rocket.
7 Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders) 137/57
His header forced a big Miller save that sent the ball off the post. Low free kick created a goalmouth scramble. One his nifty passes was part of gamewinner setup sequence and he deflected the ball to Morris before the winning shot.
6 Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 37/6
After entering in the 76th minute, lost the ball that set up chance that Howard saved. But he did create problems for the Reggae Boyz on the right wing and sent in the cross leading to the gamewinner.
nr Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire)
Replaced Nagbe for the final two minutes.
(Ratings: 1=low; 5=middle; 10=high.)
TRIVIA: Jordan Morris also scored the gamewinner when the USA beat Jamaica, 1-0, in a friendly last February.
July 26 in Santa Clara,
USA 2 Jamaica 1. Goals: Altidore 45, Morris 88; Watson 50.
USA -- Howard, Zusi, Gonzalez, Besler, Villafana, Arriola (Zardes, 76), Acosta (Dempsey, 55), Bradley, Nagbe (McCarty, 90+), Altidore, Morris.
Jamaica -- Blake (Miller, 23), Taylor, Lowe, Lawrence, Powell, Richie (Lambert, 87), Watson, Fisher, Gordon, Mattocks, Williams.
Yellow cards: USA -- Acosta 37, Zusi 76, Howard 92+; Jamaica -- Mattocks 31, Richie 57.
Referee: Walter Lopez (Guatemala).
Shots on target: 8/3
Corner Kicks: 6/3