Andre Blake and the Reggae Boyz will not be returning to a third straight Concacaf Gold Cup final after they were defeated by the United States 3-1 in the semifinal in Nashville late Wednesday.
Blake made a big stop early in the match and finished with six saves but Hershey, Pa. native Christian Pulisic turned a couple rebounds into goals to lead the defending champions into Sunday’s final against Mexico at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Like the Union’s game in Orlando on Wednesday, the U.S. game was delayed by weather but the Gold Cup semifinal was already 15 minutes in when it was stopped. Weston McKennie, who had the lone goal in the quarterfinal on Sunday in Philadelphia, put the U.S. in front in the 9th minute after receiving a flick from Jozy Altidore in the box.
Pulisic doubled the advantage when Blake did well to save a Jordan Morris shot in the box but the rebound went right to the 20-year-old Chelsea-bound midfielder.
Jamaica got back in the game when Shamar Nicholson cut the lead in half in the 68th minute. The goal was the first conceded by the U.S. in the tournament, ending a scoreless streak of 428 minutes.
Blake denied Paul Arriola for the second time of the night with a diving save in the 87th minute but Pulisic was there again on the rebound to make it 3-1 and send the Americans through to the final for the seventh time in the last eight competitions.
Bethlehem Steel FC defender Jamoi Topey, who made his Gold Cup debut off the bench on Sunday in Philadelphia, dressed but did not play for the Reggae Boyz.