Mexico had said from the very beginning that they were going to win the Gold Cup; however, all of the preliminary as well as the final few games looked to prove otherwise. Mexico either tied or kept a close match to every country they came up against. Critics assumed that they would not make it very far. This final game against Jamaica heightened the spirits of Mexico after an obviously dominant match and a 3-1 win.
The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup finishes on Sunday, and while one of the region’s behemoths is there, another is missing. Mexico found a way to make the final in part possibly due to some questionable circumstances, but Jamaica is in the final on their own merit and look to continue their form.
After the dust settled from the US 2-1 loss to Jamaica Wednesday evening, the question that hung around after most of the fan angst had ebbed and flowed, then washed away temporarily with the train wreck that was Mexico’s 2-1 extra time victory over Panama, was did Klinsmann mismanage the US roster in the quarterfinals to where he cost his team the chance to advance?
A crazy, energy filled game finally finished with a score of 2-1 to Mexico after over 120 minutes of shots, slide tackles, fouls, and fights. From the very start of the game, it was obvious that this game would not be finished with tranquility, or likely with all 22 players. Every minute closer to the whistle found more and more fouls on both teams. The entire stadium, players, coaches, and fans let out a sigh of relief after the game was over.
In an ironic twist, players from the league that was created in the US to help grow the US National Team program are the reason the Americans were eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday.
The Americans entered Wednesday a perfect 3-0-0 all-time against the Jamaicans in Gold Cup play, but the games were all very close. Tonight, Jamaica finally got the better of the United States in a 2-1 win in the Gold Cup semifinals.
FC Dallas’ JeVaughn Watson, the Houston Dynamo’s Giles Barnes and Jamaica take on the United States in the first Gold Cup Semifinal today in a bit of a David v. Goliath match, but all may not be what it seems.
Mexico may have squeaked past Costa Rica in their last game by a lucky and controversial penalty kick in the very last minute of stoppage time, but Panama may be a different story. Thus far in the tournament, Mexico has several ties under their belt, proving that they might not have the capacity to create a strong offensive and defensive line for a full 90 minutes. Panama and Mexico have a rich history and Mexico have a score to settle in this semifinal game after Panama beat them in the 2013 Gold Cup semifinals.
The United States gets ready for possibly their toughest challenge of the Gold Cup so far as they take on the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica. The United States handled Cuba with ease in the quarterfinals beating them 6-0 with Clint Dempsey scoring three times. Jamaica took on fellow Caribbean side and Gold Cup Cinderella team Haiti in the quarterfinals and beat them 1-0 as Houston Dynamo man Giles Barnes scored in the sixth minute of the game.
Two countries, not firing on all cylinders at all, stand just 90 minutes away from competing for a CONCACAF Gold Cup title. After Panama drew with Trinidad & Tobago 1-1 through full time and extra time, they snuck by 6-5 in a penalty shootout.
Mexico had penalties looming with Costa Rica while the score was sitting at 0-0, the now infamous penalty call on Oribe Peralta that Andres Guardado converted to give Mexico the win with one of the last kicks of the game. Continue reading
Trinidad and Tobago got the first chance of the match in the 25th minute. Kenwyne Jones rises up above the Panama defenders to head a long throw-in, but his header hits the top of the net. Continue reading