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Mexico vs. Jamaica | 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal Preview

Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinals 2017 Live Stream Mexico vs Jamaica Live Soccer Free Online ,CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals – Watch Live Online, TV Schedule July . Texas for a semi-final match in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold …The road to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final is usually paved with difficult challenges.The Mexican national team was faced with a sizable one right at the start of the tournament when Coach Juan Carlos Osorio was hit with a six-game ban.The biggest question facing El Tri was could the young team handle the pressure without Osorio’s instruction and guidance during the game.

Mexico vs. Jamaica
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Semifinal Round
Rose Bowl – Pasadena, Calif.
Sunday, July 23 – 9:30 pm ET
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Two years after Mexico beat Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, El Tri and the Reggae Boyz will again square off in the tournament’s knockout round on Sunday, when they’ll collide in the semifinals at the Rose Bowl.

Both teams advanced out of the quarters on Thursday night. Jamaica got a standout performance from goalkeeper Andre Blake to defeat Canada 2-1, while Mexico recorded an early goal and held on to best Honduras 1-0. This will be the second meeting between the countries this tournament afterJamaica held Mexico to a scoreless draw in Denver in the group stage on July 14.

It’s been a bit of a disappointing tournament for El Tri, who entered the Gold Cup as co-favorites with the US. Manager Juan Carlos Osorio brought an experimental roster to the competition, and they’ve largely struggled to get things going offensively. After finding the back of the net three times in their opener against El Salvador, Mexico have scored just three goals in their last three Gold Cup games. With Blake looking like the best goalkeeper in the tournament, goals could again be at a premium again on Sunday.

Mexico

Mexico’s run to the Gold Cup semifinals has looked a lot like the US’s: Rarely pretty, occasionally frustrating, but eventually effective.

That was certainly the case in Thursday’s 1-0 semifinal win against Honduras, a stop-start, physical affair that saw Mexico score in the fourth minute and keep Los Catrachos off the board to advance to Sunday’s semi.

They had a bit of a tougher time in their first meeting against Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz sat back and invited Mexico forward in that match, and El Tri wasn’t able to break them down. Jamaica is likely to employ the same approach on Sunday, and – with Blake playing so well and the attack looking confident after the win against Canada – they’ll no doubt like their chances of stealing a result at the Rose Bowl.

MEXICO 23-PLAYER SQUAD

Goalkeepers (3): Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul / MEX), Miguel Angel Fraga (Atlas / MEX), Moises Munoz (Puebla / MEX)

Defenders (9): Hugo Ayala (Tigres UANL / MEX), Raul Lopez (CF Pachuca / MEX), Hedgardo Marin (Chivas Guadalajara / MEX), Alejandro Mayorga (Chivas Guadalajara / MEX), Jesus Molina (CF Monterrey / MEX), Cesar Montes (CF Monterrey / MEX), Jair Pereira (Chivas Guadalajara / MEX), Luis Reyes (Club Atlas / MEX), Luis Rodriguez (Tigres UANL / MEX)

Midfielders (5): Edson Alvarez (Club America / MEX), Jesus Dueñas (Tigres UANL / MEX), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas UNAM / MEX), Jorge Hernandez (CF Pachuca / MEX), Rodolfo Pizarro (Chivas Guadalajara / MEX)

Forwards (6): Martin Barragan (Club Necaxa / MEX), Erick Gutierrez (CF Pachuca / MEX), Elias Hernandez (Club Leon / MEX), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas Guadalajara / MEX), Erick “Cubo” Torres (Houston Dynamo / USA), Angel Sepulveda (Monarcas Morelia / MEX)

Manager: Juan Carlos Osorio (Colombia); assistant Pompilio Paez in charge during match play

Jamaica

Blake has deservedly drawn plenty of headlines for his stellar Gold Cup performances, but another MLSer – Portland Timbers forward Darren Mattocks – merits plenty of praise for his work in the Reggae Boyz attack.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Mattocks scored two of Jamaica’s three goals in the group stage and assisted on both of their goals on Thursday night. With his speed, power and willingness to distribute in the final third, Mattocks will be the key piece to Jamaica’s counterattack on Sunday night. He’ll likely race free for a few opportunities at the Rose Bowl – if he can convert any of them, Jamaica will have a shot at pulling the upset.

JAMAICA 23-PLAYER SQUAD

Goalkeepers (3): Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union, USA); Damion Hyatt (Arnett Gardens FC, JAM); Dwayne Miller (Valsta Syrianska IK, SWE)

Defenders (8): Sergio Campbell (Pittsburgh Riverhounds, USA); Oniel Fisher (Seattle Sounders FC , USA); Rosario Harriott (Harbour View FC, JAM); Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls, USA); Damion Lowe (Tampa Bay Rowdies, USA); Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers, USA); Ladale Richie (Montego Bay United FC, JAM); Jermaine Taylor (Minnesota United FC, USA)

Midfielders (5): Michael Binns (Portmore United FC, JAM); Ewan Grandison (Portmore United FC, JAM); Kevon Lambert (FK Vojvodina, SRB); Ricardo Morris (Portmore United FC, JAM); Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution, USA)

Forwards (7): Cory Burke (Bethlehem Steel FC, USA); Owayne Gordon (Montego Bay United FC, JAM); Jermaine Johnson (Tivoli Gardens FC, JAM); Darren Mattocks (Portland Timbers, USA); Shamar Nicholson (Boys’ Town FC, JAM); Dever Orgill (Wolfsberger AC, AUT); Romario Williams (Charleston Battery, USA)

The answers so far have been positive as Mexico won its group and advanced to tonight’s semifinal against Jamaica (6 p.m.; Fox Sports 1) at the Rose Bowl.

“Every single game is different,” Osorio said Saturday from the Rose Bowl. “The competitiveness has always been there. Mexican players are always competitive and in general all have put 100 percent and all we can ask for.”

Mexico sent what was considered to be a weak roster, due to the crowded schedule that also had the team competing in the Confederations Cup in June.

So instead of the experienced players such as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Guillermo Ochoa, Rafael Marquez, Carlos Salcedo, Jonathan and Giovani dos Santos, Carlos Vela and Andres Guardado, Osorio chose to go with a younger generation, led by forward Rodolofo Pizarro of Chivas.

Still, with the ultimate goal of finding contributions for the upcoming World Cup, Osorio said he believes things have gone according to plan.

“I do think however it has shown during the game that we have central defenders that can take the game forward,” Osorio said. “Inside midfielders that can play and wingers …. each one with his own characteristics, has proven he can play.”

Luis Pompilio Paez has filled in for Osorio on the touchline during the tournament. The ban was assessed for Osorio’s “abuse of match officials” during the third-place game in the Confederations Cup earlier this summer. He is however, allowed to watch the game in the stadium and lead the team through preparation during training and take part in pregame news conferences, but not postgame.

Meanwhile for Jamaica, the “Reggae Boyz” is searching for another sizable upset in the Gold Cup. In 2015, Jamaica defeated the U.S. in the semifinals, but eventually fell to Mexico, 3-1 in the final.

The teams are fairly similar with each other. They were in Group C and their first meeting ended in a scoreless draw.

“The confidence is high in our camp,” Jamaica national team coach Theodore Whitmore said. “We don’t want to be over confident going into the game. We know they (Mexico) have a lot to offer. They’re a team we have to give a lot of respect to over the years. We know it will be a tough game. We know the Mexicans strengths and weaknesses just as they know are strengths and weaknesses.

“We want to stay discipline and compact. This is an opportunity for them to rewrite history.”

Their group stage meeting came 10 days ago. Mexico controlled possession (73 percent) and recorded 14 shots, but just three were on goal.

Jamaica also lost the possession battle against Canada (66-34 percent) in their quarterfinal victory. Still, Whitmore is aware of the challenge facing his squad tonight.

“They know the task at hand,” Whitmore said. “Our boys are up for it, we just have to bring our “A” game and hope for the best.”