Tonight marks the end of the 2015 Gold Cup, as Mexico and Jamaica battle for the title in Philadelphia.
Mexico has won a record six Gold Cup’s and will look to make it seven, while Jamaica is making their first appearance in the final.
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The winner of this match not only gets bragging rights as the top team in CONCACAF, but they will also qualify for a one-game playoff against the United States for a chance to play in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
Mexico comes into the final on the heels of two controversial wins, beating Costa Rica in the quarterfinals and Panama in the semis. El Tri scored three goals in those two matches, with all three coming from the penalty spot. Dubious officiating has overshadowed much of Mexico’s Gold Cup run, as CONCACAF released a statement yesterday admitting that mistakes were made that affected the outcome of the semifinal match.
Jamaica has enjoyed a surprise run in the tournament and will be first Caribbean team to play in the final. The Reggae Boyz won Group B over the favorites Costa Rica, and shocked the United States with a 2-1 win in the semifinals. Jamaica has made it this far through sound defense, conceding just three goals all tournament, with two of those coming in their opening match. They’ll need another strong defensive effort as El Tri will look to control the attack in front of what will surely be a Mexico-heavy crowd.Follow @KyleLynchFC