Mexico triumphed in Philadelphia to claim its seventh title in the Gold Cup era and 10th CONCACAF championship overall, while Jamaica missed out on a maiden trophy in its first continental final. Finally in the 80th minute Jamaica would score. And at very opportune time Mexico’s Jesus Corona found the back of the net to give Mexico a comfortable 2-0 lead.
“Mexico was a good team”, Schafer said. Panamanian Football Federation President Pedro Chaluja said two days later the team was “robbed of a victory” and that they felt “the match was fixed.” He spoke about the involvement of “third party interests” and launched a petition requesting a formal investigation into “officiating irregularities” during the tournament.
Yet there is confidence that this Jamaican team can advance to the final stage of qualifying for the second straight cycle, and potentially qualify for its first World Cup since 1998.
Panama feels aggrieved – rightly so? The last time the United States made the Confederations Cup, they finished second in 2009, losing the final to Brazil, who have won the tournament three straight times.
“We’re very happy”, he said. “Dignity isn’t bought”.
“There’s a step forward, we want to go for the Confederations”.
Mexico qualified for a spot in the playoff game with a 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup today in Philadelphia.
The fans have loads of reason to gripe and most of those are, rightfully, directed at Jurgen Klinsmann. The midfielder was Mexico’s-and the tournament’s-best player by a mile.
Team USA’s main deficiencies were in the technical and mental aspects of the game.
With space to survey his options, Jonathan dos Santos switched play from left to right, finding midfield partner Duenas on the right flank with room to cross. It was a frustrating match for both sides due to that 35 fouls evenly split.
Things started auspiciously enough for the Reggae Boyz, who were awarded a free kick from a unsafe position after Jesús Dueñas was shown yellow for tugging Jobi McAnuff’s shirt seven minutes in.
But before The Reggae Boyz could find their way back into the game, Mexico made it two; the goal coming in the first minute of the second half of play. The pair trail only Landon Donovan’s 18 Gold Cup goals.
Andres Gaurdado, Mexico’s best player at the tournament, put the ball behind Ryan Thompson in the 31st minute to give Mexico the lead.
As has been the case for most of this Gold Cup, Mexico stumbled out of the gate.
It was his sixth goal of the tournament, one less than Clint Dempsey of the United States, who took the tournament’s Golden Boot Award.
“El Tricolores” were powered by the Gold Cup’s most productive attack and humbled a Jamaican side that had been the event’s top defenders, surrendering only three goals in five prior matches.