USMNT teammates mob Matthew Hoppe after he scored late against Jamaica. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
Sunday night’s Starting XI for the U.S. men’s national team in its 1-0 win over Jamaica in the Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinals had an average age of 12 caps and 23 years, 280 days.
That was the the second-youngest USMNT lineup in a tournament knockout round match following only the XI that took the field in last month’s Concacaf Nations League semifinal against Honduras (23 years, 259 days).
It was also the sixth-youngest USMNT lineup in official competition.
Head coach Gregg Berhalter made two changes from the Starting XI that faced Canada last Sunday, reinserting forwards Paul Arriola and Matthew Hoppe.
Captaining the USMNT for the first time, Arriola became the 14th player to wear the armband under Berhalter.
Goalkeeper Matt Turner, as well as defenders Shaq Moore and Miles Robinson started for the fourth-straight match.
Playing for the USMNT in his hometown just a day after his 26th birthday, Kellyn Acosta played in his 12th consecutive match for the USA tonight. He is the only player to appear in all 11 matches for the USMNT in 2021.
At 19 years, 58 days, Gianluca Busio becomes the second youngest player to start for the USMNT in a Gold Cup Knockout Round match. Juan Agudelo was the youngest at 18 years, 221 days during the 2011 Gold Cup Semifinal vs. Panama on June 22, 2011.
The USA is 18-3-8 all-time against Jamaica and 6-1-0 against the Reggae Boyz in Gold Cup play.
The USMNT is 24-6-3 in 33 matches under Berhalter.