Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday will be the venue for the Gold Cup final between rank outsiders Jamaica and pre-tournament favourites Mexico.
The U.S. Men’s National Team entered the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup as favorites to reach the final, if not win the tournament outright.
Panama, playing a man down from the 25th minute, led Mexico 1-0 until the 88th minute through captain Roman Torres’s header before referee Mark Geiger awarded a controversial penalty, which tilted the balance of the match at the Georgia Dome stadium on Wednesday night, reports CMC.
In the Gold Cup, the Jamaicans tied Costa Rica 2-2 and then beat Canada, El Salvador, Haiti and the United States. I talked a lot with the boys, and we all realized that we played badly. “We have to swallow that pill”.
There is a good chance that Hector will once again start in heart of defence with Leicester City’s Wes Morgan in the final showdown.
CONCACAF said it would review requests from the Panamanian and Costa Rican federations that the entire 10-member Gold Cup referees committee resign.
Hector said the success of the Boyz is also helping to preserve the rich sporting history of the Caribbean island that has given birth to one of the greatest global sporting success stories in the sprinter Usain Bolt.
Midfielder Michael Bradley scored USA ” s only goal in the semifinal and still believes that his team can end the tournament on a high note despite the disappointing loss.
For the USMNT this is a must-win game. Even in Mexico, there was a sense of embarrassment about the win, and they go into the final without the suspended Carlos Vela and still unsure about the fitness of fellow forward Giovani dos Santos.
There are maybe 1,000 very, very good players in Mexico, he scoffed. “Mexico cannot lose against us”, the 65-year-old concluded.
Only one other finish was below this year’s result, when the 2000 team was ousted in the quarterfinals via penalty kicks by Colombia.
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With Jamaica having played against the USA some 22 times prior, McAnuff revealed that nothing that they brought to the battlefield was new to his team.
“Our small island was better than Uruguay”, Schaefer said Saturday. Schaefer said he sent a video of Wednesday’s postgame celebration to three players in England who are considering suiting up for Jamaica.
But, with a squad heavily reliant on players who ply their trade in MLS and in the lower leagues in England, Jamaica have exceeded expectations under wily veteran German coach Winfried Schäfer. After losing to Jamaica, team USA will now face Panama to determine third placing.
Nobody deserves it more than my team, Schaefer said.
Mexico’s Andres Guardado (left) scores a penalty past Panama’s goalkeeper Jaime Penedo during a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal football match in Atlanta on Thursday.
CONCACAF issued a statement Saturday admitting officiating “errors” in the Mexico vs. Panama match, but failing to specify what those errors were.