Gold Cup Showdown — Reggae Boyz Vs Mexico

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will take their dance to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles when they take on Mexico this Sunday in the CONCACAF GOLD CUP FINAL.

The question is can the Reggae Boyz dance to a Mexican tune?

Well, this question will be answered this Sunday, 90 minutes or more after the whistle blows at a 6:30 p.m. start time.

Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer - Soccer ball.
Photo Credit: Jamaica Observer – Soccer ball.

Led by their mercurial head coach, Winfried Schaefer of Germany, the Reggae Boyz have moulded together, formed an immovable defensive force, and with deft midfielders Garath McLeary and Jobi McAnuff plus hardworkers JeVaughn Watson and captain Rodolph Austin, the Boyz will be tough to beat even against CONCACAF kingpins Mexico.

The Mexicans are said to be not at their best since the world cup qualifying rounds for Brazil in 2013. Jamaica went to the famed Azteca Stadium and earned a 0-0 scoreline in world cup qualifying in 2013.

The Reggae Boyz record against the Mexicans is an un-convincing 4 wins 17 losses and two draws in 23 matches, however the team will be riding high following their historic 2-1 win over the USA in the semifinal – a first on American soil.

Both teams will enter the final unbeaten, however Mexico has had a controversial ride to the grand finale with their last three goals coming from questionable penalty decisions.

The last Gold Cup meeting between both teams ended in a one nil win for Mexico. Jamaica’s last victory over the Mexicans came seven years ago in a World Cup qualifier in 2008…that match ending in one-nil.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell is reported as saying that there are no issues ahead of the encounter.

“The players are focused on the best ever performance to be given by them this is the only focus, there is no focus right now on money. There is no focus on anything else but getting out on the pitch and playing their best game for Jamaica,” he said.

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