ATLANTA – The United States conceded two first half goals, five minutes apart, and could not come back, falling to Jamaica 2-1, at the Georgia Dome.

Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes scored within the five-minute span that eliminated the host country from the tournament they were the favorites to win. America was eliminated by a CONCACAF team for just the second time in the history of the tournament, and will not reach the final for the first time since 2003.

As much as the match should be viewed as a shocking disappointment for the USMNT, one that will surely have people pointing fingers at each other and questioning Jurgen Klinsmann's leadership, it should also be seen as a shocking upset for Jamaica, and a triumph for a country who will advance to the Gold Cup Final for the first time in their nation's history.

Mattocks scored on a splendid header in the 31st minute. The Vancouver Whitecaps forward, headed a Kemar Lawrence cross was into the far post, where it ricocheted off the woodwork and into the net.

Minutes later, Barnes gave Jamaica a two-goal lead after U.S. keeper Brad Guzan was called for a hand ball in the box after he came too far out of his net and punched a shot away. Jamaica was given a free kick just outside the box and Barnes hammered into the center of the net.

The Stars and Stripes came out like gangbusters to start the second half and found an early goal thanks to the relentless effort of midfielder Michael Bradley. Clint Dempsey shot at the net in the 48th minute, which was saved by Jamaican keeper Ryan Thompson. The ball deflected off Thompson however and right to Bradley who knocked it into the net.

The United States showed plenty of fight in the second half, thoroughly pressuring the Jamaican defense, dominating possession, corner kicks, and shots on goal. The final minutes of the match were furious and intense as USA frantically searched for an equalizer, but it was not meant to be.

In the end, it was the goalkeeper's play that made all the difference in the match. Thompson was incredible making nine saves, whereas Guzan only made one, and the other two shots on goal found the back of the net.

Jamaica will await the winner of Mexico and Panama on Sunday in the final. The U.S. can now only finish third, and will play in Pennsylvania on Saturday against the loser of Mexcio-Panama.

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