The minnow almost turned its dominance into a 14th-minute lead, but Corona saved well with a strong right hand to deny Van Kessel. "We are pretty satisfied that we advanced", Mattocks, who also netted in the first game against Curacao, said.
However, any Mexican nerves were eased in stoppage time when Edson Alvarez found the bottom corner with a composed finish. Can he be the striker the team needs? El Salvador - 3 points (0 GD, 3 GF) 4. The United States and Mexico are on opposite sides of the bracket, so the chance for a marquee meeting in the final remains.
Coach of Jamaica men's national senior team Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore said that he was disappointed with how the team started the game. Perhaps they won't have the same analysis of Curacao after watching Jamaica hold Mexico scoreless in Denver three days before Sunday's final matchday. Jamaica square off against tournament surprise Canada in the other quarter-final on Thursday.
The near-miss brought the crowd to life, but did little to invigorate the players. With his impressive saves, the veteran was Mexico's best player on Sunday night. The Americans needed to scramble to avoid embarrassment against Martinique - who will be missed - and labored much more than anticipated to score the three goals necessary vs. Nicaragua to win Group B.
Success! An email has been sent with a link to confirm list signup. Comprised of a squad that largely plays in Europe's fringe leagues, with a few exceptions, Curacao played attracted football that threatened opponents.
With the match between Mexico and Jamaica ending in a draw, El Salvador has placed itself in a position where they might see the next round of the Gold Cup.
Another player that has stood out has been Orbelin Pineda, who has controlled the midfield beautifully and created several scoring opportunities. As are midfielder Darlington Nagbe and goalie Jesse Gonzales. And in general, it's a very athletic team. Worth noting that Cuco Martina has left camp to sign with Everton at club level. "The result wasn't good enough".
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio celebrated Alvarez's goal from a suite in the Alamodome while serving the third of a six-match suspension from FIFA for his actions toward officials during a Confederations Cup match.
Group leaders and defending champions Mexico will take on the already eliminated Curacao in the second game slated for 7:30 pm (6:30 pm Jamaica time).
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