Prospective Stoke City signing prolongs stay in United States with goal turn
Stoke City transfer news as Daniel Johnson scores for Jamaica at the Gold cup
Daniel Johnson was on the scoresheet as Jamaica sailed into the Gold Cup knock-out rounds with a thumping win over Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The prospective Stoke City signing came off the bench last night in California and scored the fourth in a 5-0 win to finish the group stage. Jamaica picked up two wins and a draw in their three games to only finished second to hosts United States on goal difference and now enter the quarter-finals.
They return to action on Sunday against the winners of Group D, expected to be either Guadeloupe or Guatemala – who are level top on four points and meet tomorrow. The winners of that game will take on Mexico or the runners-up from Group C – Panama, Martinique, El Salvador or Costa Rica – on Wednesday, July 12. The final will take place in California on Sunday, July 16.
Johnson has informed Preston North End that he has turned down their offer of a contract and is expected to complete a move to Stoke when he returns to Europe. He has made three sub appearances so far in the Gold Cup and his goal – his third at international level – came on the counter-attack.
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Jamaica head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, who named a much-changed side for the Saint Kitts and Nevis game, told the Jamaica Gleaner: “I think it would have been overambitious to try and equal the USA goals, but to be in a tournament and win 5-0 is a big achievement.
It gives the players confidence. It gets them motivated for the next game. Everyone put something in. Hopefully, everyone can stake a claim to start the next game. So I am really happy so many players came about with goals.