Darren Mattocks, Giles Barnes Gave Jamaica Stunning 2-0 Lead on U.S. in Gold Cup Semi


" Darren Mattocks gives Jamaica a stunning 1-0 lead off the long throw-in. #GoldCup2015 http://t.co/AnDka4RFlI — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 22, 2015 "

Darren Mattocks looped in a header — directly off a throw — to give Jamaica a 1-0 lead in the Gold Cup semifinal vs. the United States. It got better for Jamaica and a whole lot worse for the U.S. when Giles Barnes doubled the lead for the Reggae Boyz with an expertly-taken free kick from the edge of the area minutes later.

" Giles Barnes’ perfect free kick doubles Jamaica’s lead over the #USMNT. #GoldCup2015 http://t.co/1GKrOHK31M — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 22, 2015 "

On both goals questions could be asked why the U.S. defenders didn’t jump? Either way, Jamaica is playing excellent and deserve to be ahead.

The free kick came after the referee whistled U.S. keeper Brad Guzan for crossing outside the penalty area trying to throw a ball downfield to a teammate.

The U.S. has 45 minutes to turn this around or face loads of scrutiny.

[Feature image via USAT]