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PENNSYLVANIA---Jamaica s dream of
becoming the first-ever Caribbean
side to win the prestigious Concacaf
Gold Cup ended in disappointment,
when they suffered a 3--1 defeat to
giants Mexico in the final on Sunday
Entering the contest at the Lincoln
Financial Field as massive underdogs
against six-time champions Mexico,
the Reggae Boyz task was made even
harder when they fell behind to an
Andres Guardado strike to be down,
1--0, at half-time.
They conceded two more goals early
in the second half through Jesús Manuel
Corona and Oribe Peralta to trail 3--0
after 61 minutes and though Darren
Mattocks pulled one back in the 80th
minute, the chance of history had
already slipped though their fingers.
With the victory, Mexico added to
their titles in 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003,
2009 and 2011, while for Jamaica, their
berth in the final represented the first
time a Caribbean nation had advanced
that far in a Gold Cup.
Despite the defeat, Reggae Boyz head
coach Winfried Schafer said he was
proud of his unit.
"Mexico was a good team. They
played great football in the first minutes
and had chances. However, the mistakes
we made were reflected in goals from
Mexico," the German said.
"[Mexico] were better, stronger but
congratulations to my team, everybody
should be proud of them."
Jamaica began competitively but
came under sustained pressure from
Mexico mid-way during the opening
Goalkeeper Ryan Thompson palmed
away a goal-bound effort from Corona
in the 25th minute and moments later
Jesus Duenas sent another shot wide.
Guardado made no mistake in the
31st minute, however. Paul Aguilar
picked him out at the far post after
collecting Jonathan Dos Santos corner,
and the PSV Eindhoven beat Thompson
from about ten yards out with a left-
Trailing by the one goal at half-time,
Jamaica saw their chances of making
a comeback dashed, when they con-
ceded two minutes after the restart.
Michael Hector dawdled on posses-
sion and was robbed by Corona who
then beat Thompson with his shot from
just outside the area.
Fourteen minutes later, another
defensive error cost Jamaica. Hector
again was at fault, failing to properly
deal with a cross from Aguilar and Per-
alta latched onto the loose ball to clip
his finish past Thompson from close
With the game all but over barring
a miraculous comeback, Jamaica man-
aged to salvage some pride when Mat-
tocks got on the scoresheet with ten
minutes left in the encounter.
A 60th minute substitute for Garath
McCleary, the Vancouver Whitecaps
striker cut inside the box after being
played in by Jobi McAnuff, to curl a
right-footer past goalkeeper Guillermo
There would be no fairy-tale end,
however, as the scoreline remained
LONDON---The New York Red Bulls
have completed the signing of former
Manchester City and Chelsea midfielder
Shaun Wright-Phillips on a free transfer.
The former England international will
join up with his brother Bradley, a striker
with the Red Bulls. He is eligible to play
against the Philadelphia Union on
The 33-year-old Wright-Phillips last
played for English club Queens Park
Rangers but left when his contract
expired at the end of the 2014-15
He also played for Chelsea, where he
won the Premier League in 2006, and
He made 36 international
appearances with England.
Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch says
Wright-Phillips "has performed at the
highest levels of the game for his entire
career" and "brings a wealth of talent
and experience." (AP)
New York Red Bulls sign Shaun Wright-Phillips
Jamaica falters as Mexico
wins seventh crownMexico players celebrate after winning the
Concacaf Gold Cup championship soccer
match against Jamaica, on Sunday, in
Philadelphia. Mexico won 3--1. AP PHOTOS
T&T Red Steel cap-
tain DWAYNE BRAVO
was named Player of
the Series after leading
his side to the CPL title
at the Queen s Park
Oval, on Sunday.
"This is just one
milepost on a bigger
President of the T&T
BRIAN LEWIS on the
country s historic
eight-medal haul at the
Pan American Games.
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
Jamaica team members react after losing 3--1 in the Concacaf Gold Cup
championship soccer match against Mexico, on Sunday, in Philadelphia.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP
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