SEAN WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor at the CONCACAF GOLD CUP 2015 Monday, July 27, 2015
PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Jamaica's Reggae Boyz went into a shock meltdown as they were outclassed 3-1 by a slick Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Lincoln Financial Field here last night.
Their hopes of creating further history of being the first Caribbean Gold Cup champion faded into the Philadelphia night, the Boyz forlorn as confetti fell gloriously on the newly crowned champions and the desired prize raised in triumph mere touching distance away.
So close, but yet so far. It was just not Jamaica's night.
Meanwhile, Mexico Captain Andres Guardado opened the scoring in the 31st minute, with follow-up goals from Jesus Corona (47th) and Oribe Peralta (61st) to break Jamaican hearts.
Substitute Darren Mattocks, a scorer in the 2-1 semi-final win against the USA in Atlanta on Wednesday, restored Jamaican pride with a goal in the 80th minute.
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in the final of the 2015 Gold Cup in Philadelphia yesterday.
Mexico, who are winning their seventh title, walked away with the Gold Cup and the winning prize of US$1 million, while Jamaica got US$500,000 and the Fairplay award.
Jamaica had made a confident and promising start to the contest, spreading the Mexicans thin by using the flanks to good effect. But as soon as the Central Americans got into their slick passing game, it was over as a contest.
However, Jamaica were mostly unhinged by sloppy defending, and as soon as the goals started going in, they seemed to have lost hope and heart. From then on, they couldn't seem to find their keel and they drifted away from everything they had done right to get this far. more