Jamaica faces Mexico in the 2015 Gold Cup Final in a match few people expected to see. Mexico’s appearance comes with little surprise, but Jamaica reached the Final after a shocking 2-1 defeat of the United States in Atlanta. Jamaica has had an impressive tournament run including winning Group B.
Mexico has not looked quite as impressive. They finished second in Group C and are coming off a controversial late win against Panama. The winner of this match will face the United States in a one game playoff for the right to represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Conferations Cup in Russia. Here are all the details about the 2015 Gold Cup Final:
Mexico vs. Jamaica
Sunday, July 26th
FOX Sports 1
Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mexico +.5 (Line according to Bovada and subject to change)
According to 11v11.com, Mexico defeated Jamaica 1-0 on June 4, 2013. It was a qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Mexico enters the Gold Cup Final after a controversial ending against Panama in the semifinals. Mexico benefited from two late penalty calls. The first allowed Mexico to tie the match 1-1 on a penalty kick at the end of regulation to send the match into extra time. During the additional period, Mexico benefited from an additional whistle and scored another penalty kick to win the match 2-1.
Many expected the United States to be facing Mexico in the tournament final. However, Jamaica defeated the United States 2-1 in front of a stunned crowd at the Georgia Dome. Jamaica’s roster has many MLS players including the Houston Dynamo’s Giles Barnes. Barnes has been crucial to Jamaica’s success, especially with key goals in past two matches.
Jamaica enters the match as a slight favorite. Something that would have been quite far-fetched when the tournament started. It will be interesting to see whether Jamaica can ride their momentum to a Gold Cup Championship. A Jamaica win would mean a rematch with the United States for the right to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
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