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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 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 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




    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



    Jamaica vs Canada Gold Cup 2015

    Jamaica vs Canada CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015

    Details

    Date Time Competition Season
    July 11, 2015 6:30 pm CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015


    The Jamaica Reggae Boyz will be in action for their second game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015 against the Canadian national team. Riding on a high from the recently concluded COPA America, Jamaica took a point in their 2-2 draw vs Costa Rica in their opener, and will look to continue building on what they been producing. There is a current buzz around the Reggae Boyz and should keep the momentum going vs Canada. It will be a steaming hot day in Houston Texas, but we should be able to deal with the heat, and having a few players in the team that ply their trade in the state of Texas, it shouldn’t affect us that much.



    In the first half the Boyz were strong, but you could see where the weather was having an effect on both teams, a water break was taken in the 33rd minute of play. In the 28th minute, a rebound fell to defender Kemar Lawrence, who drove into the box on the left-side, only to see his shot partially blocked by Stamatopolous. Defender David Edgar then did well to clear the ball off the line.The Caribbean champion came closer in the 60th minute, when Houston Dynamo forward Giles Barnes, playing at his home stadium, slammed his free kick against the crossbar from just outside the box.
    Barnes also forced Stamatopolous to palm away his volley in the 72nd minute and then turned provider, feeding second-half substitute Darren Mattocks, who poked his attempt wide with three minutes remaining in normal time.
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    With the match seemingly heading for a goalless stalemate at BBVA Compass Stadium, the 30-year-old Austin headed Garath McCleary’s cross from the right wing past goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopolous two minutes into second-half stoppage time. The Boyz did not put a fot wrong throughout the 90minutes. The Reggae Boyz now topping Group B after a draw from Costa Rica vs El Salvador. Jamaica will now take on El Salvador on July 11th at BMO Field.





    Results

    Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
    Jamaica011Win
    Canada000Loss


    Jamaica

    # Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
    13Dwayne MillerGoalkeeper0000
    20Kemar LawrenceDefender0000
    4Westley MorganDefender0000
    21Jermaine TaylorDefender0000
    19Adrian MariappaDefender0000
    10Jobi McAnuffMidfielder0000
    17Rudolph AustinMidfielder0000
    Allan OtteyForward0000
    9Gils BarnesForward0000
    1Andre BlakeGoalkeeper0000
    23Ryan ThompsonGoalkeeper0000
    Alvas PowellDefender0000
    12Demar PhillipsDefender0000
    Darren MattocksForward0000
     Total 0000

    Canada

    Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
     0000

      Reggae Boyz Goal Keeping Errors Over The Years

      Jamaican Goal Keepers should Dominate the Area



      Over the years the I have seen the Reggae Boyz keepers excel at high levels in world football. We have had some good goal keepers, excellent reflexes and agility, but there has been areas that have failed them. For there statue and physical ability this area (the penalty area) should be dominated. Our goal keepers has often got beaten in their penalty area mainly because they are not dominating their area, most specifically their 6 yard box to the at least the penalty spot. Our keepers don’t make them selves assertive. To further explain this I have Illustrated a few points from our well played game vs Costa Rica in our opening game in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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      In Exhibit 1: Goal Keeper should be calling off the defenders, he has left his line at this point. Now the ball is his, he should be claiming the ball between those players knees up elbows out shouting ” KEEPER”. Defenders sees the Goal Keeper leaving his line so they held their ground.
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      In Exhibit 2: Goal Keeper stopped from coming for that ball in his 6 yard, now it leaves the defenders to challenge a 50/50 ball which the attacker is now in a better position because the defenders already thought their keeper is coming to claim that ball.




      Here is the full match highlights, similiar situation on the second goal. Ball come between defender and goal keeper, keeper should be already coming when the ball approaching his area. More anticipation and coming off the line.
      NOW LETS GO WIN THE GOLD CUP!!! REGGAE BOYZ!!!

      Costa Rica vs Jamaica Gold Cup 2015

      Costa Rica vs Jamaica CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015

      Details

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


      Jamaica Reggae Boyz opens their bid for the CONCACAf Gold Cup, coming from the recently concluded COPA America which was won by Chile beating Argentina. Reggae Boyz made a good account of themselves and now set to show what they have learned moving forward and have a good odds of making it to the finals. The Reggae Boyz scored first in the 12th minute from a long throw in by Kemar lawrence where Gareth McCleary half-volley at the bag post into the back of the net. Costa Rica found the equalizer in the 32nd minute through a header from Roy Miller. Costa Rica went on to the take the lead on the 36th minute of play by David Ramirez to conclude the first half with Costa Rica leading 2-1. At the end of the first of the Reggae Boyz seemed to be still in high spirits. Jobi McAnuff did came out in high spirits as he whaltz way his pass three defenders to slot home with his left foot. The Reggae Boyz shows some good football and brought the same tempo football from the Copa America. The game ended is a 2-2 scoreline with Jamaica creating some good chances in the finals minutes of play. Simon Dawkins made a valiant effort where the Costa Rican keeper had to make a top save.Jamaica-Team-vs-Costa-Rica

      Results

      Team1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
      Jamaica112Draw
      Costa Rica202Draw

      Jamaica

      # Player Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
      Duwayne KerrGoalkeeper0000
      1Andre BlakeGoalkeeper0000
      13Dwayne MillerGoalkeeper0000
      1Ryan ThompsonGoalkeeper0000
      Adrian MariappaDefender0000
      Jermaine TaylorDefender0000
      Daniel GordonDefender0000
      Westley MorganDefender0000
      Michael HectorDefender0000
      Hughan GrayDefender0000
      20Kemar LawrenceDefender0000
      Alvas PowellDefender0000
      10Jobi McAnuffMidfielder1000
      17Rudolph AustinMidfielder0000
      Darren MattocksForward0000
      9Gils BarnesForward0000
      Allan OtteyForward0000
       Total 1000

      Costa Rica

      Position Goals Assists Yellow Cards Red Cards
       0000



      Jamaica played well against Argentina



      Jamaica played Argentina in the COPA America 2015 against a strong Argentina team. The first half they were out passed, out classed. Reggae Boyz wasn’t taking care of the possession and making any link up passing. Despite a lack luster attacking game, they held a nice defensive shape and did their best to contain the high power strike force of Lionel Messi, Angel DiMaria and Gonzalo Higuain. The Jamaica Reggae Boyz conceded in the 11th minute when Higuain turned between three defenders and shot pass Dwayne Miller. The half time possession was a distant 82% favor of Argentina. Jamaica started the second half with more composure making better effort to play to a plan. This continued throughout the second half and with about 20 minutes remaining the game they began to pass the ball more and linking up the forwards and midfielders.



      The Reggae Boyz  showed what they got by passing the ball around winning a few corners late in the game. In my opinion we made a good account of ourselves and should use this as a momentum to go ahead be a contender in the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup, where if we continue playing with this confidence we can bring home some silverware.



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