Michael Bradley, Justin Morrow and Jozy Altidore will return to Toronto this week with medals around their necks. The trio all had a role to play in the United States winning the 2017 Gold Cup, finishing 2-1 victors over Jamaica in the final.
Morrow was named to the United States’ initial Gold Cup 23-man roster, while Bradley and Altidore were added to the roster for the knockout stage of the tournament. All three played significant minutes.
Despite only playing three matches, Bradley was awarded the Golden Ball as tournament MVP after winning his second CONCACAF Gold Cup. This is the first time either Morrow or Altidore have won the competition.
It was Altidore that opened the scoring for the USA late in the first half on Wednesday night. His brilliant curling free-kick found the back of the net for his 39th goal with the American team.
Jamaica, however, who refused to roll over all tournament, found an equalizer against the run of play in the 50th minute. Je-Vaughn Watson hit the back of the net with a volley off from a corner.
The USA continued to press forward and, after creating a number of quality chances, found a breakthrough at the death. Jordan Morris, who had struggled for most of the match, popped up to score the tournament-winning goal in the 88th minute.
Toronto FC will be happy to have their three representatives back, as the team’s roster has been fairly thin on numbers of late. They will certainly welcome the winning spirit that Bradley, Altidore and Morrow will return with as they chase trophies of their own.