Jermaine Jones scored in the 49th minute and Nacogdoches Native Clint Dempsey added a goal in the 80th in the United States' 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals.
On Wednesday in Houston, the United States will face the Panama-El Salvador winner.
Jones fired a shot from outside the penalty area and Jamaica defender Jermaine Taylor stuck out his foot, deflecting the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
It was Jones' first goal of the tournament.
Taylor came out on the losing end of another exchange between the two nearly 20 minutes later.
Jones beat the defense in the middle of Jamaica's half and was about to break free for a 1-on-1 chance when Taylor tackled him from behind, earning a red card in the 67th minute.
With Jamaica down a man, Dempsey added the second goal with 10 minutes to play. Juan Agudelo's cross found Dempsey alone on the left side of the goal.
Ricketts came out to contest, and Dempsey avoided the tackle and put the ball in the empty net.