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Mexico, Jamaica draw to keeps both on track to advance in soccer’s Gold Cup

By in Press Enterprise on July 16, 2017

By The Associated Press

By MICHAEL KELLY

DENVER (AP) — Jamaica was so determined to keep Mexico from scoring, it sacrificed its own offense to get the job done.

The game plan worked, and now both teams are in a position to move to the next round if they can take care of business this weekend.

Mexico and Jamaica played to a scoreless draw Thursday night and remained on track to advance to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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Jamaica faces El Salvador and Mexico plays Curacao at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Sunday. Jamaica and Mexico have four points each in Group C while El Salvador has three points. The top two teams in each of the three groups and the two best third-place teams advance to the quarterfinals.

Neither team could break through on a relatively mild night, although Mexico (1-0-1) dominated chances. The 49,121 fans in attendance, the largest crowd to attend a soccer match at Sports Authority Field, heavily favored Mexico. The Mexican team heard some boos after failing to score despite holding a 6-0 advantage in shots on net.

“The fans bought the tickets, they came out to watch a team win and perform well, so we understand their frustration,” Mexico assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez said. “We didn’t perform as we should have. The result wasn’t good enough.”

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio served the second of his six-game sideline suspension for berating an official. His team, which beat El Salvador 3-1 in the opener Sunday, did everything but score against Jamaica (1-0-1). It held possession for […]    

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