Group-B-Gold-Cup

2015 Gold Cup Grades for each team in Group B after their opening match

By Amilcar Lewi.

Costa Rica -B: A fair effort in the draw by Los Ticos but this is a game they really should be winning as the top seed of this group. After coming back from an early deficit to take the lead going into the half, Costa Rica gave up the lead early in the second half and ended up somewhat holding on to a point. Paulo Wanchope’s men have plenty to be proud about however some fine tuning leading into their match against El Salvador should see them right back on track. Standout player David Ramirez.

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Jamaica – B: The Reggae Boyz, truly came out of the blocks early and shocked the Costa Ricans with their first goal. After settling down, The Costa Ricans took control of the match only to have snatched away by a brilliant goal by Jobi McAnuff. The midfielder received ball a little way out of the 18 yard box took a dribble that beat two defenders and while falling poked a left footed shot past the goalkeeper. For the rest of the match, the Jamaicans stood toe to toe with the Costa Ricans giving up some chances while at the same time creating a few of their own. In the end they battled to a fair draw which should be the perfect catapult into the rest of the group matches. Standout player Jobi McAnuff.

Canada – D: In one of the worst games of the tournament, the Canadians showed themselves to be a better outfit. In a poorly played contest the Canadians had most of the chances even missing a wide open net when forward Cyle Larin beat the El Salvadorian keeper one on one but still conspired to sky his shot high and wide. More is needed from the Canucks if they are to progress past the group stage. Standout player Kyle Bekker.

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El Salvador – D: A relatively good result for an overmatched squad. Los Cuscatlecos did what they could but were slightly overrun by a more adventurous Canadian team. Arturo Alvarez and Pablo Punyed provided some spark but overall the team showed little to no real punch up front. At back they made only one critical error that really should have cost them a goal when in the 36th minute Cyle Larin was allowed an one and one with their keeper. No harm done as he missed his chance however much more is needed from this squad if they really are to move forward in this cup. Standout performer Arturo Alvarez

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