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The Gold Cup, the Caribbean and US Domination

The Gold Cup, the Caribbean and US domination



I don’t know if it is because Jamaica qualified for The Gold Cup final for the 1st time, becoming the 1st Caribbean team to do so, but it somehow struck me that the tournament’s structure is quite unfair, not just to Jamaica, but to all other teams except the USA. Since 1991 when it was created, The Gold Cup has been hosted by the USA. In fact, it is ‘their tournament’, created by them; but, especially looking at the records, it now seems unfair and extinct.

Apart from Canada, who one could say is a part of the USA, only Mexico has been able to win the cup since its inception. One should also remember that a state in USA is actually called New Mexico and towns like El Paso, Texas are practically Mexican. This has even been famously recorded in songs. A closer look at the past CONCACAF tournament, as it was called back then, reveals that USA never won it before 1991 when it was changed to “Gold Cup” and hosted almost exclusively by the US in the US.



The CONCACAF tournament 1st started in 1963 with Costa Rica beating El Salvador. Then Mexico beat Guatamala in 1965, Guatamala beat Mexico in 1967, Costa Rica beat Guatamala in 1969 and Mexico beat Haiti in 1971. After this, it became the World Cup qualifying tournament for the region, played every four years, a year before the World Cup. In 1973, Haiti beat Trinidad and Tobago to famously qualify for the 1974 World Cup. Then, in 1977, Mexico won over Haiti while Honduras beat El Salvador in 1981. In 1985 Canada topped Honduras to qualify for the 1986 World Cup. This takes us to 1989 when Costa Rica topped USA with T&T coming 3rd to narrowly miss out on the 1990 World Cup.

It is to note that no fixed hosts were set for the final 2 tournaments before the 1991 change as teams battled home and away to qualify for the World Cup as they do now in the normal qualifiers. Before this though it is interesting to look at the trend of winners and hosts. Honduras won at home in 1981 as did Mexico in 1977 and Haiti in 1973. The other team to win as hosts is Costa Rica in 1969. So, in all, 4 hosts have won the old CONCACAF tournament out of 8 times it was played with a fixed host before it became “The Gold Cup” hosted by the USA, making that a 50% ratio of hosts winning. This is in contrast to the World Cup where only 6 times the hosts have won out of 20, which is a mere 30% ratio. It is clear then that in CONCACAF, the host has a 50% chance of winning, yet, since 1991, the Gold Cup has been played exclusively in the USA except for 2 times when it was co-hosted with Canada in 2003 and 2015, and Mexico in 1993.



This is probably why no Caribbean team, before Jamaica in 2015, had made it to the Gold Cup final-and, even then, it was seen as a minor miracle. Again, if you check the records before the change to “Gold Cup” hosted almost solely by USA, that is, when it was the CONCACAF Championships hosted by various nations in the region, Caribbean teams not only went to the final but they won it. In 1973 Haiti beat T&T in the final hosted by Haiti. The next time it was played, in 1977, Haiti lost to Mexico when it was hosted by Mexico. Before this, in 1971, Haiti lost to Mexico in the final hosted by T&T-to round out the list of Caribbean countries who made it to the final in the period before the Gold Cup.
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It is also to note that the Netherlands Antilles made it to a semi-finals, coming in 3rd in both 1963 and 1969 with T&T 4th in 1967 and 1989. Since then, that is, since the Gold Cup era, it has been much more difficult for the Caribbean teams with, as said before, only Jamaica going to a final. Jamaica also came in 3rd in1993 and 4th in 1998 while T&T and Peru tied for 3rd in 2000 as the best results for the Caribbean since this era.

So, in closing, it is clear to this writer that the Gold Cup should, if it is to be a viable CONCACAF decider, be hosted by various territories, even if it is mostly still hosted by the USA. What can happen is that every other tournament could be hosted by a different nation with the USA hosting or co-hosting with Mexico or Canada in the next. Maybe then, with some Caribbean teams hosting it, we’ll see a Caribbean winner again, as I am sure would have been the case in 2015 if Jamaica had hosted it.

-Nicholas Alexander is a Jamaican freelance journalist, educator and writer. His poems, interviews and articles have been featured in local and international papers and journals.

    Jamaica Reggae Boyz to lift CONCACAF Gold Cup

    Jamaica vs Mexico Gold Cup Finals



    Jamaica Reggae Boyz defy all odds against them in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015, when they defeated the United States National Men’s Team. The Boyz defeated USA inside the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia in the semi-finals to become the first Caribbean Nation to be in a finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and that was the first win for Jamaica against the USA on US soil. They won the game 2-1 with goals coming from Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes. Darren Mattocks scored from a long throw set piece, Kemar Lawrence launched the ball into the area, and Darren Mattocks rose high above his defender with a glansing header to the far corner, leaving Brad Guzan desperately trying to make a save. Giles Barnes scored the other goal for Jamaica with a well placed free kick passing Brad Guzan. Jamaica sustain some pressure late in the game but fought valiantly and show some excellent defending with a little lady luck.



    Reggae Boyz is now faced with Mexico in the finals, who made it there with some controversy against Panama. Some dubious calls were made against Panama, and Mexico came out winners.
    The Reggae Boyz are here to win this tournament and already shown that they can defy odds and over come diversity and they will fight tooth and nail to come away with this victory. They are playing with high confidence and have shown improvement, discipline and grit throughout the CONCACAF and leading up from the COPA America tournament. In 2013 they drew with Mexico in the Azteca and the Reggae Boyz felt they could have came away with the 3 points. Although its been a while and its different players, there is a new vibes and togetherness within the team and we should come out victorious against the Mexicans inside the Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia. PA



      Jamaica to defy odds against USA in Gold Cup

      Jamaica to upset United States



      Jamaica face off today July 22nd at 5:00pm in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 semi-finals inside the Georgia Dome, Atlanta Georgia. Jamaica topped their group stage with two wins and a draw beating Canada and El Salvador and the draw coming in the first game against Costa Rica. Jamaica further defeated Haiti National team 1-0 in the quarter finals to setup the Reggae Boyz biggest challenge so far in the Gold Cup, matched up with the United States mens national team. The USA also won their group with 2 wins and a draw, defeating Haiti and Honduras, while Panama put on a valiant effort to come away with the point. USA in their Quarter-Final matchup brushed Cuba National Football Team a side to be on the semi-finals.



      The Reggae Boyz are on a exceptional high stemming from their recent participation in the COPA America 2015, having some exceptional unity within their team. Winnie Schaefer has the team working “All for One” and it is evident with the professionalism in the squad. Despite a few challenges the way the Reggae Boyz has already defy some of the odds. The next step is to defy the odds of beating the USA. Reggae Boyz has come close on a number of occasions to find a win against the USA team, but with this group of “like family members” they have the confidence they can lift the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.



      The Reggae Boyz midfield will be key to victory against the high powered USA team. Jevaughn Watson wil return to the midfield to continue is impressive form to partner with captain Rudolph Austin. Darren Mattocks will also be available and has hinted that he wants to start the game because he feels he has something to prove to himself and his coaches. Jamaica will have to be on their top game and control midfield, neutralize tailsman Michael Bradley who is their engine and keep Clint Dempsey in check. Reggae Boyz can defy these odds and become victorious in todays matchup.

      Jamaica vs USA Gold Cup Semi-Finals

      Semi-Finals Gold Cup Jamaica vs USA

      Jamaica Reggae Boyz showdown with the stars and stripes of United States of America



      Jamaica advanced to the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAf Gold Cup to face off with the United States of America inside the Georgia Dome, Atlanta Georgia. Jamaica edge Haiti to advance while the USA team pounded the Cubans. Jamaica has kept three clean sheets in their last games, and looking to continue on that path against the Americans. Against Haiti the Reggae Boyz played a counter attacking game, but now having their star midfielder Jevaughn Watson back to anchor the midfield. It was evident that the team was missing the midfielder, although Jobi McAnuff filled the hole excellent with his work man like efforts, he is more effective with the freedom to run on the outside to run at defenders.



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      In this semi-final we would like to get more possession of the ball and more clinical in our finishing. The Boyz has been in excellent form and they already prove that they find a way to win, which that’s what good teams do. The Reggae Boyz has been on a high since the COPA America and the mission is to bring home the trophy. We have over the years shown that we have the talent to beat the USA but we have failed late in games. Now with a disciplined well organized team has Jobi McAnuff said in an interview “the pressure is on them, the USA”.


      Jamaica vs Haiti Quarter- Final Show Down

      Quarter Finals Jamaica vs Haiti



      The Reggae Boyz advanced to the Quarter-Finals stage of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 to face runner up of Group A Haiti. Jamaica won 2 of their 3 games in the group stage, beating Canada and El Salvador,and a 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. The Reggae Boyz will be looking to continue this streak against Caribbean rivals Haiti. They have previously met recently in the Caribbean Cup where the Reggae Boyz were champions.

      Details

      Date Time Competition Season
      July 18, 2015 8:00 pm CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015

      Jamaica

      # Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
      Allan Ottey0000
      Darren MattocksForward0000
      Gareth McClearyMidfielder0000
      Simon DawkinsForward0000
      1Andre BlakeGoalkeeper0000
      3Michael HectorDefender0000
      4Westley MorganDefender0000
      5Alvas PowellDefender0000
      6Lance LaingDefender0000
      9Gils BarnesForward0000
      10Jobi McAnuffForward0000
      12Demar PhillipsDefender0000
      13Dwayne MillerGoalkeeper0000
      15JeVaughn WatsonMidfielder0000
      17Rudolph AustinMidfielder0000
      19Adrian MariappaDefender0000
      20Kemar LawrenceDefender0000
      21Jermaine TaylorDefender0000
      23Ryan ThompsonGoalkeeper0000
       Total 0000

      Haiti

      Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
       0000




      Reggae Boyz Win Over Coming Adveristy

      Reggae Boyz beat El Salvador 1-0



      The Reggae Boyz defeated El Salvador 1-0 in the final game of the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015. It was rough goings for Jamaica from sixth minute when Jermaine Taylor made a good challenge and came out injuring his quad. It was a fast paced game with the El Salvadorians trying to disrupt the rhythm of the Reggae Boyz. Later on the game Dwayne Miller claimed a 50-50 ball and collided with the El Salvadorian’s boot to the head. He was taken to the hospital for pre-cautionary measures. Substitutes defender Michael Hector and goal keeper Ryan Thompson came on for the injured players. The Guatemalan referee had a bad game towards the Reggae Boyz, he issued out 5 yellow cards including an unwarranted red card to forward Darren Mattocks, which Schaefer made known that he will be challenging those cards, which e has 24 hours to do so.
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      The Reggae Boyz once agian show grit and fight to come away with a 1-0 win. Mattocks laid off a nice ball to Jobi McaAnuff sho shot to the far corner. The El Salvadorian keeper spilled the shot for McCleary to pounce on. Minutes later Mattocks was sent off and immediately you could see the adjustments were made on the pitch. Jobi McAnuff even to the last minute of play he was still putting out a 110%, hats off the Boyz for this valiant effort. Bring home our first Gold Cup.






      Jamaica vs El Salvador Gold Cup 2015

      Jamaica vs El Salvador CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015

      Details

      Date Time Competition Season
      July 14, 2015 6:00 pm CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015


      The third and final game of the group stage for both Jamaica and El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 is slated for the BMO field in Toronto, Canada on July 14th 2015 at 6pm. The Reggae Boyz topping the group going with 4 points, is still expecting to showcase their spectacle once again.

      Results

      Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
      Jamaica011Win
      El Salvador000Loss




      Jamaica

      # Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
      13Dwayne Miller 23Goalkeeper0000
      19Adrian MariappaDefender0000
      4Westley MorganDefender0000
      21Jermaine Taylor 3Defender0000
      20Kemar LawrenceDefender0000
      22Gareth McClearyMidfielder1000
      15JeVaughn WatsonMidfielder0000
      17Rudolph AustinMidfielder0000
      10Jobi McAnuffMidfielder0000
      9Gils Barnes Forward0000
      Darren MattocksForward0000
      1Andre BlakeGoalkeeper0000
      23Ryan Thompson 13Goalkeeper0000
      3Michael Hector 21Defender0000
      Alvas Powell 9Defender0000
      6Lance LaingMidfielder0000
      12Demar PhillipsMidfielder0000
      Allan OtteyForward0000
      Simon DawkinsForward0000
       Total 1000

      El Salvador

      Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
       0000