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Looking back on U.S. soccer victory in CONCACAF Gold Cup, looking ahead to quarterfinal against Jamaica at RFK Stadium

“It’s getting comical now,” color commentator Kyle Martino, after Clint Dempsey’s how-did-he-not-score-that howler. Martino’s observation summed up the evening, as well. The Americans outshot the Guada Boys 21-5.

Dempsey: “I should have hit first time. It was bobbling up a little bit and no one was on me. I thought I could take two touches. Wrong decision on my part.”

Landon Donovan: “We made a lot of good plays, a lot of good passes to get to the final spot. Our finishing let us down.”

Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer offers his diary and player ratings.


All matches available at

Saturday at New Meadowlands Stadium

Costa Rica vs. Honduras, 5 p.m.ET (Telefutura)

Mexico vs. Guatemala, 8 p.m. (Univision)

Sunday at RFK Stadium

Jamaica vs. United States, 3 p.m. ET (Fox Soccer Channel, Univision)

Panama vs. El Salvador, 6 p.m. (Univision)

The winners on each day will face one another in the semifinals next Wednesday at Reliant Stadium in Houston. So there are potential group rematches (Mexico-Costa Rica, USA-Panama).

RFK tickets: $35-$80. (fees apply). $5 discount available by entering “GC11” in the “Special offers and promotions” box. Link here.

Factoids: USA is 12-3-4 at RFK since 1991 and 5-0-1 since a 3-2 loss to Honduras in 2001. ... In 1997, USA and Jamaica played to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier before a bipartisan crowd of 51,528, the third-largest attendance for a U.S. match in Washington. ... Overall, the Americans are 9-0-8 against Jamaica but have settled for 1-1 draws in three of the past four meetings.

USA-Guadeloupe video package:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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