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McCleary & Hector's superb Gold Cup upset

23 July 2015

Royals make history for their country

Garath McCleary and Michael Hector made even more history for Jamaica on Wednesday evening as they reached a first ever Gold Cup final with one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history.

They overcame holders and hosts the USA 2-1, meaning the Americans lost their first game in the tournament since 2011, and the Reggae Boyz earned a first ever win on American soil.

So many stats back up the magnitude of the victory: it was the Jamaican's first win in three Gold Cup semis, while USA had reached this stage in 12 of the last 13 tournaments.

Jamaica had only beaten the US once in 22 attempts before this game, and they are now the first Caribbean side to reach the final.

They will face Mexico in the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.

Giles Barnes and Darren Mattocks were the goalscorers, and although Michael Bradley pulled one back, our boys stood firm. And we must also mention ex-Royals Jobi McAnuff and Adrian Mariappa who played the full game in a superb team display.

YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!! Impossible is nothing. @ItsTheJFF#Final#UnderDogs#ReggaeBoyz#ReadingFC#Royals ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rZKJkqKOpb

— Garath McCleary (@gmccleary12) July 23, 2015

ROYALS MAKE HISTORY: A first ever Gold Cup final for Jamaica, superbly done @gmccleary12@Big_Hec35 Jobi & Mapps! pic.twitter.com/6UR6wkmeOj

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) July 22, 2015

WELL PLAYED REGGAE BOYZ! WELL PLAYED!! Doing the Caribbean very proud!

— Shaka Hislop (@ShakaHislop) July 22, 2015

Love this photo of @Big_Hec35pic.twitter.com/0gjHWX1cxH

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) July 23, 2015

#teammates@Big_Hec35 and @gmccleary12 making history pic.twitter.com/l5QIUcRnwT

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) July 23, 2015

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