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U.S. midfielder salutes goal, dad

Midfielder Clint Dempsey, right, dribbles around goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on his way to scoring the second U.S. goal.

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Midfielder Clint Dempsey, right, dribbles around goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on his way to scoring the second U.S. goal.

WASHINGTON — Jermaine Jones relished the chance to celebrate his first career United States goal.

Jones' score early in the second half broke a scoreless tie, leading the Americans to a 2-0 victory over Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals Sunday.

To celebrate his goal, Jones gave a salute, honoring his soldier father on Father's Day.

"It was a nice little gift," said Jones in postgame remarks translated from German by teammate Steve Cherundolo.

Jones started his international career playing in three exhibitions for Germany before FIFA allowed his move to the United States team in 2009.

The United States faces Panama in the semifinals on Wednesday in Houston, a rematch of their June 11 meeting at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium in which Panama earned its first victory ever over the U.S., 2-1.

Sunday, Panama defeated El Salvador on penalty kicks after Luis Tejada's 90th-minute goal tied it at 1.

Jones' goal came on a shot from outside the penalty area in the 49th minute. Jamaica defender Jermaine Taylor stuck out his foot, deflecting the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

Jones also drew a tackle from Taylor — TV replays indicated it was a dive — that earned the Jamaican defender a red card in the 67th minute.

"Jermaine has a good engine and has the ability in certain moments to get forward and be a threat," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. "That was nice to see."

Midfielder Clint Dempsey scored the second goal in the 80th minute.

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore left with a strained left hamstring in the 12th minute. Bradley said he didn't know what Altidore's status would be for the remainder of the tournament.

U-17 WORLD CUP: The United States opened Group D in the Under-17 World Cup with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic in Torreon, Mexico. Alejandro Guido scored in the fifth minute and Esteban Rodriguez and Alfred Koroma scored in the second half. U.S. midfielder Tarik Salkicic of Pinellas Park entered as a substitute in the 74th minute.

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