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US WINS GOLD CUP WITH SAN DIEGANS ON THE ROSTER

By Chris Davis
Staff Writer

Santa Clara — With five Californians on the roster it was more of a homecoming match for the Americans than anything else.  Of course, when the homecoming match also happens to be the finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup there was more on the line than just playing in front of friends and family.

San Diego State’s Joe Carona and Paul Arriola, who both currently play for Club Tijuana (the Xolos) and call Chula Vista home were on the roster.

Corona tweeted after the match:

Major colleges on the West Coast for soccer are the typical ones, San Diego State, USC, UCLA, Stanford.  But one school here on the West Coast that has produced a Men’s National Team that you probably wouldn’t think of producing a member would be… CSU Bakersfield.

Yeah, the Roadrunners of the Western Athletic Conference.

Gyasi Zardes (Hawthorne, Calif.), a forward that currently is on the LA Galaxy, went to the Central Valley campus.  He also would have been given a secondary assist on the golden goal for the Americans in the 88th minute.  But, since soccer only gives one assist, it was given to “The Boss”.  No not Bruce Springsteen, but Clint Dempsey (Nacogdoches, Texas).

Zardes got the ball on the right wing and crossed the ball over to the left wing just inside the top of the penalty box where Dempsey was.  Dempsey then dished it off to Jordan Morris (Mercer Island, Wash.) who buried it in the bottom right corner of the net for the 2-1 win.

Jamaica tied the score up in the 50th minute when Je-Vaughn Watson took a right foot strike and got it past American ‘keeper Tim Howard (North Brunswick, NJ) off an assist from Kemar Lawrence.

The American’s got on the board in the first half, just before stoppage time.  Jozy Altidore (Boca Raton, Fla.) bent a free kick to the top left corner of the net on a brilliantly struck strike.

After enjoying the Gold Cup victory, and the corresponding possible birth into the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup*.  The side will refocus on qualifying for the 2018 World Cup when they take on Costa Rica in Harrison, New Jersey on September 1.

 

*Should the Red, White and Blue win the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, they will be in the Confederations Cup.  Should another side win that 2019 Gold Cup then that side will take on the Americans in a one match to see who goes to the Confederations Cup.

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