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CARSON---Kyriakos Stamatopoulos made six
saves to help Canada tie El Salvador 0-0 on
Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Stamatopoulos started in place of Canada's No
1 goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who will miss the
tournament because of his Bulgarian club
Both teams had their best scoring chances of
the Group B match in the first half.
Canada's Cyle Larin sailed an open-net shot in
the 35th minute. Larin ran past the defense for a
loose ball, juked goalkeeper Derby Carrillo, but his
shot went high and wide. In the 43rd, Tosaint
Ricketts beat two defenders during a breakaway
but his shot went harmlessly wide.
Jamaica 2, Costa Rica 2
CARSON---Jobi McAnuff scored the only goal of
the second half in the 48th minute and Jamaica
tied Costa Rica 2-2 on Wednesday night in the
CONCACAF Gold Cup.
McAnuff used a nice individual effort that
started near midfield to toe-punch in the tying
goal in the opening match of Group B.
Jamaica's Garath McCleary started the scoring
in the 13th minute with a deflected shot off a
Jamaica lost all three of its Copa America
matches last month and had players boycott
Monday's training session due to pay issues.
Costa Rica's Roy Miller tied it at one with a
header off a clever set piece in the 33rd minute.
David Ramirez flicked in a goal from a difficult
angle about four minutes later as Jamaica's goal-
line clearance attempt was too late.
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The picture looks impressive in the
early stages of the Concacaf Gold
From the previous tournament held
in 2013, it appears as though many of
the teams which are considered "min-
nows" have moved rapidly towards the
point where an automatic prediction
for results can hardly be discerned.
The USA may wish to claim dom-
inance at the early stage, because of
their victory over Honduras, but taking
into consideration the onerous task of
some friendlies against strong opponents and good
results, the benefits seemed not to propel them further
ahead of Honduras whose competitiveness, especially
after that intense final friendly against Mexico, could
leave their effectiveness intact.
No doubt, the US will have had their usual advantage
of crowd support playing at home, hence their strength
generally and their desire to show the world that they
are the best in the region.
However, while Panama and Haiti showed some
pluck in their initial encounter, they must reduce their
technical and tactical errors as the tournament moves
Canada's Marcus Haber, left, and El Salvador's Alexander Larin try to head the
ball during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match, Wednesday,
in Carson, Calif. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. AP PHOTO
Keep your eyes on both Costa Rica
and Jamaica, following their opener.
It was a joy to see the Reggae Boyz
demonstrate that they have benefitted
immensely from their experience in
the Copa America.
Not only did they improve their
defensive methods generally, but their
ability to regain the ball through
astute support systems, especially in
midfield, brought their possession
efforts towards a more organised
build up in their attacking ability.
They have brought a good level of competence in
their back four with Taylor, Lawrence, Mcreary, and
Morgan, mixing aggression with good distribution
from the back.
Costa Rica was a formidable opponent which they
showed in Brazil last year, and the swift moving and
skillful efficiency of their players generally was a joy
Admittedly, both these teams provided some bril-
liance in attack, especially the Costa Ricans, whose
Skipper Bryan, Campbell and Ramirez were creating
delicate and precise short passing combinations, which
provided an appreciation to the fans.
It may be fair to say that the El Salvador versus
Canada game did not always demonstrate the finesse
for which they are both capable. Actually, the Canadians
gave the impression that they needed to be robust
and sometimes walked the fine lines of yellow cards.
El Salvador will be difficult to defeat. They were
organised within their defensive ploys and always
appeared to bet on their own skill to go past opponents
as soon as they approached the opponents goal area.
Maybe the pro north and Central American soccer
supporters will have to adjust to the gap which is
closing between themselves and the Caribbean coun-
Will Cuba, Haiti, and T&T send a similar message
which the Jamaicans have relayed to their previously
advanced competitors? A few matches will tell the
No more 'minnows' at the Gold Cup
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