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Mexico the Class of CONCACAF, Take Gold Cup 3-0 over Jamaica



Philadelphia, PA – Jamaica were in the game for about half an hour, then Mexico turned in its best performance of the Gold Cup and reclaimed the CONCACAF region it appeared to have lost in the last World Cup cycle.

Having to go through an international playoff to qualify for World Cup 2014, and missing the last Gold Cup final as the USMNT did this year, Mexico appeared to lose its position atop the region to USA who won the Gold Cup in 2013.

The United States also had garnered result after result against Mexico including a draw at Estadio Azteca which is a notoriously tough venue for any visitor.

Meanwhile, Mexico seemed to have lost its form, struggling for results and nearly losing in this Gold Cup to both Costa Rica and Panama – arguably lucky to win either match en-route to the final.

However, Mexico showed its class in the final.

Andres Guardado opened the scoring with a world-class volley of Paul Aguilar’s cross in the 31st minute.

Mexico would take that lead into half time, and just 2 minutes into the second half, el Tri would take control of the game with its second tally.

Jesus Corona fired home from range and Mexico was well on its way to the Gold Cup title.

Mexico would add a third in the 61st minute on Oribe Peralta’s goal and Jamaica was only able to get one back when substitute Darren Mattocks, who scored against the USA, found the net in the 80th minute.

Mexico has now eared a playoff against the USA at a to-be-determined site and based on current form, it will be a match the USA will have a hard time winning.  The winner will represent the region at the FIFA Confederations Cup.

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