TEAM’S MOTIVATION “We spoke to coach Warren Barrett the night before, and he said ‘No, we’ve finished third before’. So we were all aware of it as a team out there and … that’s been driving us on, and I think it helped us get us through it today,” said McAnuff. “I think you saw a real effort from everybody. That was motivating us. “It’s just a real togetherness,” the midfielder continued. “Throughout the tournament there’ve been a few ups and downs, but we’ve used everything to motivate us trying to turn some negative situations into positives ones, and I think you’ve seen that out on the pitch, and I think we’ve just got to continue to do that.” Highlighting their toughness and growth, McAnuff pointed to the period after half-time when they withstood constant US pressure. “That was key, and I think having that bit of experience in the squad, players who have been through (those) scenarios before, we knew we had to get through that next 10, 15 minutes conceding. We did it with a mixture of good defending and a bit of luck and a bit of woodwork here and there … but when you’re up against it, like we were, it was not just 11 players out there today, there were 68,000 fans, and the Boyz stood up to it well, and we’re just delighted to be in the final.” That game takes place on Sunday in Philadelphia against Mexico, the six-time champions. ATLANTA, Georgia: THE Boyz have really come of age. That’s one of the clearest signals from Jamaica’s historic 2-1 semi-final win over the United States of America (USA) in their CONCACAF Gold Cup encounter at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday night. The victory was Jamaica’s first against the US on American soil and made them the first Caribbean team to qualify for the final of the Gold Cup, the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean championship in its 13th staging. One of the key players in the landmark achievement, midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, says Jamaica needs to ensure continued growth of its stature in international football. “We want to make sure this is something moving forward for Jamaica. We’re no longer underdogs when it comes to playing against the USA. We’ve got a lot to be proud of and a lot to fear for the other countries when they come up against us,” McAnuff said. Only last year, the Reggae Boyz suffered an 8-0 thumping at the hands of France just ahead of the World Cup Finals. Things were a lot different then, with head coach Winfried Schäfer having to chop and change squads amid some crazy travelling schedules that denied their team rest, as well as its best players on a four-match tour. Three of the results were close, but the 8-0 stood out. In his own time, Schäfer has gone about moulding a team of inner strength, a team of character, with players willing to fight for each other and their country. By the Caribbean Cup last year, the signs of growth were evident and Jamaica went on to crown themselves champions. Then came a couple of practice matches, with the Reggae Boyz winning 3-0 and 2-1 over Cuba and Venezuela, respectively. If no one had been noticing, Schäfer’s graft emerged with greater definition at the Copa America, the South American championship, in June when Jamaica lost 1-0 in three group matches against Uruguay, Paraguay, and world number one Argentina, which was led by the world’s best player, Lionel Messi. It wasn’t just the scores either, but the way the team handled itself, drawing encores and rapturous applause from the appreciative football-cultured South Americans. They came to the Gold Cup with a best-ever finish of third, a placing earned in 1993 when they made one of two semi-final appearances. The 1998 Boyz who made first-time Jamaica qualification to the World Cup at France also made top four. Experts in the US predicted that Jamaica would only get two points and elimination at the group stage. The Boyz won their group with seven of the maximum nine points, and as they got to the semis, McAnuff said part of their growing reputation hinged on improving their Gold Cup best.
Spurs signed him from Southampton for £13.3m and sold him to Real Madrid for £90.9m 19 19 Roma have made a tidy profit on Alisson, having sold him for a world-record fee just two years after he arrived from Brazil’s Internacional for what now appears a measly £6.7m. Latest transfer news 19 Roma made £60.1m profit on Alisson 19 19 Tottenham Hotspur made £77.6m profit on Gareth Bale Liverpool have finally completed the signing of Alisson for an eye-watering £66.8million.The fee makes the Brazil goalkeeper the most expensive glovesman in the history of the sport, and takes Liverpool’s summer spending past the £150m mark. Borussia Dortmund made £81m profit on Ousmane Dembele LATEST 19 Napoli made £48.6m profit on Jorginho Manchester United made £67.5m profit on Cristiano Ronaldo Liverpool made £133.5m profit on Philippe Coutinho Liverpool made £55.62m profit on Raheem Sterling 19 moving on Barca signed him from Sporting CP for £2.25m and sold him to Real Madrid for £51.75m Dortmund signed him from Stade Rennais for £13.5 and sold him to Barcelona for £94.5m 19 ASM signed him from Lyon for £4.5m and sold him to Man United for £54m Everton made £58.2m profit on Romelu Lukaku 19 19 Everton made £46.89m profit on John Stones Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 19 19 RANKED The Saints signed him from Celtic for £13m and sold him to Liverpool for £75m targets Barcelona made £51.75m profit on Luis Figo The Serie A side bought the glovesman from Internacional for £6.7m and sold him to Liverpool two years later for £66.8m – a world-record fee for a goalkeeper Barca signed him from Santos for £79.38m and sold him to Paris Saint-Germain for £199.80m 19 Juve signed him from Man United for £800,000 and sold him back to the Red Devils for £94.5m Roma will be disappointed having lost one of their key players, but some of that sadness will be tempered knowing they have made over £60m worth of profit on Alisson.This will go down as one of the most profitable transfers ever, but what other deals can also claim this title?talkSPORT.com have dug through the data, and present the most profitable transfers below… The Toffees signed him from Barnsley for £3.15m and sold him to Man City for £50.04m The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland ASM signed Lemar from Caen for £3.5m before selling him to Atletico Madrid for £61.9m LIVING THE DREAM 19 Monaco made £49.5m profit on Anthony Martial Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 19 The Foxes bought Mahrez for £500,000 from Le Havre, and they’ve sold him to Manchester City for £60m The Toffees signed him from Chelsea for £31.82m and sold him to Man United for £90m 19 Liverpool made £49.7m profit on Luis Suarez TOP WORK three-way race Southampton made £62m profit on Virgil van Dijk The Reds signed him from Ajax for £23.85m and sold him to Barcelona for £73.55m Juve signed him from Bordeaux for £3.15m and sold him to Real Madrid for £66.15m 19 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Monaco made £58.4m profit on Thomas Lemar Napoli signed Jorginho from Verona for £8.4m and they have now sold him to Chelsea for £57m United signed him from Sporting CP for £17.1m and sold him to Real Madrid for £84.6m Barcelona made £120.42m profit on Neymar IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Alisson has finally been confirmed as Liverpool’s latest summer signing Leicester made £59.5m profit on Riyad Mahrez Juventus made £63m profit on Zinedine Zidane 19 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Juventus made £93.7m profit on Paul Pogba Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 19 REVEALED The Reds signed him from QPR for £630,000 and sold him to Man City for £56.25m The Reds signed him from Inter Milan for £8.5m and sold him to Barcelona for £142m*Transfer fees taken from transfermarkt.com read more