An international trophy and spot in the Confederation Cup playoff are on the line as Mexico takes on Jamaica in the Gold Cup final.
The stories write themselves with this match, as Mexico has been gifted a pair decisions to get them to this point, while Jamaica put in a mostly classy but somewhat lucky showing against the United States to make the final for the first time in their country’s history.
Mexico comes into this match incredibly thin, with Carlos Vela, Yasser Corona, Chicharito, and Hector Moreno all missing, and Giovanni dos Santos remains a question mark not having made Miguel Herrera’s starting lineup. Jamaica, meanwhile, has been stellar this entire tournament, with German coach Winfried Schäfer having instilled a defensive mindset that has the squad impressively rigid and organized. Schäfer, interestingly, has gone with Simon Dawkins as Giles Barnes’ strike partner up top instead of Darron Mattocks, who scored against the United States in the semifinals.
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Match 26: Mexico vs Jamaica
When: Sunday, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Live updates: NBCSports.com
Mexico: Ochoa; Rodriguez, Reyes, Layun, Alanis, Aguilar; J. dos Santos, Guardado, Duenas, Corona; Peralta.
Jamaica: Thompson; Hector, Morgan, Mariappa, Lawrence; McAnuff, Watson, Austin, McCleary; Barnes, Dawkins.