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LAFC’s Walker Zimmerman goes full 90 in USMNT’s Gold Cup win over Curacao

Defender helps USA survive and advance.

United States v Curacao: Quarterfinals - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The U.S. Men’s National Team faced off against Curaçao in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal on Sunday in Philadelphia, and the home side squeaked out with a 1-0 win, courtesy of a Weston McKennie goal in the first half.

Of local note, Los Angeles Football Club defender Walker Zimmerman started and went the distance in the win for the USMNT. While the Americans got the job done, they did not impress against a Caribbean nation in the Gold Cup knockouts for the first time. But, Zimmerman and his teammates picked up a shutout and he got among the highest rankings for his performance on the night, so a job well done.

The result is that the USMNT will face off against Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal on Wednesday, a rematch of their tune-up friendly in early June which Jamaica won 1-0.

Two other LAFC players at the Gold Cup on Sunday, USMNT goalkeeper Tyler Miller and Jamaica midfielder Peter-Lee Vassell, did not feature in the action. Vassell started the tournament well and bossed the USMNT in the friendly last month, but hasn’t played much of late, while Miller is the third-string GK and looks unlikely to feature unless something catastrophic happens in the meantime.

The teams advancing means the trio will not be available for Wednesday’s LAFC game at Sporting Kansas City, although as we previously noted, Mark-Anthony Kaye could make his return after Canada’s exit.

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