Gold Cup Today: Jamaica face Canada, Costa Rica vs. El Salvador — Day 5


Day 5 of the Gold Cup is here as the action heads down to Houston for a massive double-header in Group B. All four teams are level after two draws in the opening matches, making every point that much more important tonight at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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Jamaica got a very solid result in the opening match of Group B play, battling to a 2-2 draw with group favorites Costa Rica. It was an up-and-down match for the Reggae Boyz, who took an early lead but then found themselves down 2-1 before the break. Despite finding an equalizer and earning the draw, Jamaica will look for more consistency when they take on Canada. In the nightcap, Los Ticos will look to prove they are a title contender with a statement win against El Salvador.

Below is a brief preview on what to expect from both matches, while you can follow the action live by clicking on the link above.

Game 9: Jamaica vs. Canada
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Live updates:

Garath McCleary and Jobi McAnuff both tallied for the Reggae Boyz in their opening match, as the former Reading teammates will look to find the scoresheet again tonight in Houston. After losing just 1-0 to both Argentina and Uruguay in the Copa America and earning another good result against Costa Rica, Jamaica is primed to make a run in the Gold Cup. They’ll look to take all three points against Canada, who are coming off of a disappointing 0-0 draw with El Salvador. The Canadians wasted some golden opportunities in front of net, and will have to be better if they want to advance out of the group.

Game 10: El Salvador vs. Costa Rica
When: Saturday, 9 p.m. ET
Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Live updates:

Costa Rica may have dropped 27 spots in the latest FIFA rankings, but Los Ticos will be keen not to drop any points against El Salvador. They scored two quicks goals to take a lead against Jamaica, but failed to hold on and left California with just one point. Arsenal’s Joel Campbell has been linked with a loan move to Besiktas, but the striker must keep his focus on finding the back of the net for Costa Rica. El Salvador is the dark horse in Group B, but with all four teams level after the first matchday, another draw would keep their hopes of advancing alive.