2015 Gold Cup finals Preview: Can Jamaica do it and make history?
By Amilcar Lewis
Kingston Jamaica – After an enthralling three weeks, the 2015 edition of the Gold Cup is now coming to an end. With one unlikely finalists playing far above what anybody predicted they would and the other an expected participant but one entering the final match in many ways through the backdoor as several, some would say, ‘fortuitous’ decisions fell in place in favour of them. Jamaica is going into a Gold Cup final for the very first time and also is the first nation from the Caribbean basin to have a chance to lift the CONCACAF region’s biggest prize.
Mexico crawls into the final match, after barely out lasting both the eventual 2015 Gold Cup third place winners Panama in the semifinals and the Costa Ricans in the quarterfinals. The Jamaicans, after defeating the Americans on their home soil for the first time, come to face El Tri trying to topple their overwhelming disadvantage overall against them of 17 losses 2 draws and only 4 victories. But this is a Reggae Boyz team that seems to have sorted out most of the defensive problems that used to ail them in the past, add to that Mexico’s recent goal scoring worries and you have a recipe for a closer game than would have been expected pre tournament.
Form is temporary however and class is permanent or so they say so with that I look for the Mexicans to lift their seventh Gold Cup and qualify for the Confederations Cup playoff against the 2013 Gold Cup winners the United States but I will hold out a special hope that Jamaica can weave their collective team magic one last time and win their very first major tournament trophy. Come on you Reggae Boyz!!!