2021 Concacaf Gold Cup quarter-final
July 25, 2021
AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
Live stream: Coverage starts at 9:30 p.m. ET FS1, Univision and TUDN
Kick-off: 10 p.m. ET
Social networks: @USMNT on Twitter and Instagram; @ussoccer on Facebook , The American football app
Tonight’s USMNT starting XI against Jamaica: 1-Matt Turner, 3-Sam Vines, 6-Gianluca Busio, 7-Paul Arriola (capt.), 11-Daryl Dike, 12-Miles Robinson, 13-Matthew Hoppe, 16-James Sands, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 20 -Shaq Moore, 23-Kellyn Acosta
Alternates: 18-Sean Johnson, 22-Brad Guzan, 2-Reggie Cannon, 8-Nicholas Gioacchini, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 10-Cristian Roldan, 14-Jackson Yueill, 15-Jonathan Lewis, 19-Eryk Williamson, 21-George Bello, 24-Henry Kessler
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The winner of tonight’s game will advance to face Qatar in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup semi-finals on Thursday, July 29 at Q2 Stadium in Austin, TX.
USMNT Starting XI cap numbers (including this game): Paul Arriola (37), Kellyn Acosta (35), Sebastian Lletget (27), Shaq Moore (9), Daryl Dike (7), Miles Robinson (7) , Sam Vines (6), Matt Turner (5), Gianluca Busio (4), James Sands (4), Matthew Hoppe (3)
USMNT Gold Cup XI cap numbers (including this match): Paul Arriola (12), Kellyn Acosta (8), Gianluca Busio (4), James Sands (4), Shaq Moore (4), Daryl Dike (4), Miles Robinson (4), Matt Turner (4), Sebastian Lletget (3), Sam Vines (3), Matthew Hoppe (3)
Tonight’s starting XI has an average age of 23 years and 280 days, making USMNT’s second youngest roster in a knockout match after just the 11 who started the semi-final of the Concacaf Nations League last month against Honduras (23, 259 days). It is also the sixth youngest USMNT formation in official competition.
The starting lineup also has an average of 12 selections.
Gregg Berhalter makes two changes from the starting XI who faced Canada last Sunday, reinserting forwards Paul Arriola and Matthew Hoppe.
Captain of the USMNT for the first time tonight, Arriola will see his first action since his departure in the 14e minute of the opening of the Gold Cup on July 11 against Haiti. Arriola is the 14e different player to wear the armband under Gregg Berhalter.
Hoppe is making his third appearance and his second start of the tournament.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner and defensemen Shaq Moore and Miles Robinson start for the fourth game in a row.
Eight starters will make their first knockout game at the senior international level: goaltender Matt Turner; defenders Shaq Moore, Miles Robinson, James Sands and Sam Vines; midfielder Gianluca Busio; forwards Daryl Dike and Matthew Hoppe.
Nine of the 11 starters are from Major League Soccer, with Shaq Moore (Tenerife; Spain) and Matthew Hoppe (Schalke; Germany) the two overseas-based players.
Midfielders Sebastian Lletget and Kellyn Acosta both started the United States’ game against Jamaica on March 25 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Lletget recorded his first career brace in the 4-1 victory.
Playing for USMNT in his hometown just a day after turning 26e anniversary, Kellyn Acosta is playing her 12th straight game tonight for the United States. Acosta is the only player to have participated in all 11 USMNT matches in 2021.
At 19 years and 58 days old, Gianluca Busio will become the second youngest player to debut for USMNT in a Gold Cup Knockout Round match. Juan Agudelo was the youngest at 18 years and 221 days for the 2011 Gold Cup semi-final against Panama on June 22, 2011.
Acosta and Arriola both started the 2017 Gold Cup final against Jamaica.
Nicholas Gioacchini turns 21st birthday today. If he were to make the match, he would be the third USMNT player to appear on his birthday this year after Chris Richards (March 28 v Northern Ireland) and Ethan Horvath (June 9 v Costa Rica).
Approved as Walker Zimmerman’s medical replacement, replacement defenseman Henry Kessler would make his USMNT debut if he showed up tonight.
Defenseman Donovan Pines will not be dressing for tonight’s game.
Teams are entitled to five substitutions in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup group stage. If the game goes into extra time, the teams are entitled to one additional substitution.
The United States is 17-3-8 against Jamaica and 5-1-0 against the Reggae Boyz in the Gold Cup game.
This is the fourth tournament in a row that the United States and Jamaica will meet in the knockout stage of the Gold Cup. Jamaica beat the United States 2-1 in the 2015 semifinals, before the United States knocked down the Reggae Boyz 2-1 in the 2017 final and 3-1 in the 2019 semi-final.
USMNT are 2-0-0 at AT&T Stadium. The United States won a 3-1 victory over Honduras in the 2013 Gold Cup semi-final on July 24, 2013 and a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in the 2017 Gold Cup semi-final. July 22, 2017.
With a win in tonight’s game, the USMNT would reach 10 wins in 11 games in 2021, tying the team’s mark set in 2007 for the fastest at 10 wins in a calendar year.
USMNT are 23-6-3 in 32 games under Gregg Berhalter.