Mexico 0, Jamaica 0 | 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap

Mexico 0, Jamaica 0 | 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Match Recap”

Mexico goalkeeper Moises Munoz got his first start of the Gold Cup on Thursday but feels like he's still yet to face any sort of threat.

Jermaine Taylor bailed out Jamaica keeper Andre Blake as the game approached half-time as he cleared a goalbound header from Jesus Molina off the line to keep the teams level at 0-0 before the teams headed to the dressing room. So what happened? Luis Pompilio Paez, Osorio's assistant and the main voice on the bench, brought in promising center back Cesar Montes to replace Rodolfo Pizarro, an attacking midfielder. Blake, who plays for the Philadelphia Union, was one of seven Jamaica starters who play for MLS clubs. Defensively, Jamaica will rely on left-back Kemar Lawrence and right-back Alvas Powell to slow down the Mexican attack.

Mexico dominated possession for most of the game with the Reggae Boyz seemingly content to defend and wait for counterattacking opportunities.

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But forget Osorio, these are players who hope to be part of a squad fighting for a spot in Russia, so part of the solution on how to beat defensive-minded teams must come from them. Je-Vaughn Watson will also have to play a leading role in the middle, while the inexperienced but talented Kevon Lambert will have to raise his game significantly.

Both teams earned wins in their first matches and could have clinched a spot in the next round with a win in this one, but they now settle for four points each through two rounds of group play. "That's the main objective that we have in mind". Sunday's group finale against Curacao should offer the opportunity to do just that.

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