Honduras picked up a 4-0 win against rivals El Salvador on the final Group C matchday in front of 22,503 spectators at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. 

 Jamaica Head coach Theodore Whitmore is focused on one goal heading into Tuesday night’s match against Curacao at Banc of California Stadium - advancing to the knockout stage.

“If you look at the group, three teams have a chance to qualify for the next round,” Whitmore emphasized in Monday’s pre-match press conference. “It’s neither here nor there whether we win the group or are runner-up, the most important thing, right now, is to get out of the group.”

A win against Curacao will assure Jamaica advances to the knockout stage, but its place in the group could still depend on the result of the preceding match between Honduras and El Salvador.

“We can’t look on the Honduras-El Salvador game going forward, this is a must-win or at least for Jamaica get a point out of the game so we expect Curacao to come with everything at us,” said Whitmore.

“Well, no doubt about it, Curacao have quality in their team,” added the former Jamaican national team player. “We have a game to play tomorrow, we have a tough team to play against. We just have to go out there and put our best foot forward.”

Whitmore described his team’s attitude as positive and upbeat ahead of the pivotal clash. He also praised his players for the work done up until this point.

Leon Bailey and Michael Hector were brought up as injury concerns and are under watch for the upcoming match.

When asked about the upward progress of Concacaf teams, Whitmore pointed to the evolution of the region and why his team must not be overconfident with Curacao.

“Everybody has to be in tip-top shape,” said Whitmore. “We can’t take anything for granted, we can’t take anybody for granted because everybody’s evolved.”

Jamaica Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Andre Blake insists the team must learn to adapt to all different types of conditions if they are to succeed in the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup.

With one game remaining in Group C, the Jamaicans, who have appeared in the last two finals, find themselves on 4 points following a lacklustre 0-0 draw against El Salvador in the team’s latest fixture. 

The Jamaicans, who top the group on goals scored, will consider themselves favourites to advance with a match against Curacao in their final match.  Despite finding themselves in such a strong position, the team has, however, been criticized in some quarters for their play so far, particularly against a defensive El Salvador in sweltering conditions on Friday.

“Obviously we would have wanted three points to secure our spot in the next round, but it's football and they came out to sit back and play on the counter and sometimes it's tough to play in games like those when they are getting everybody behind the ball, and it's hard to break them down in situations like those,” Blake told the Jamaica Observer.  The player, however, insisted the conditions were not an excuse.

“It was hot, it was humid, Jamaica was hot just the same, but both teams were playing in the same conditions, so I'm not going to say that's the reason for anything. Obviously, we wished it would have been a little cooler, but that was not the case and we have to learn to deal with different weather conditions and I don't think we looked as tired as we did in the game in Jamaica, so we dealt with it.”

Jamaica and El Salvador are tied on four points at the top of CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C after the two played to a 0-0 draw in Houston, Texas on Friday night. 

After picking up a win in their opening match, Jamaica and El Salvador both look to collect another three points when they meet in the first of two Group C encounters on Friday at BBVA Stadium in Houston. 

Group C leaders Jamaica have made two changes to the team that defeated Honduras on June 17 for their match against El Salvador this evening at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Jamaica Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore Whitmore insists the team will have to be wary of complacency heading into its second CONCACAF Gold Cup, against Curacao, on Friday.

The Jamaicans got their campaign off to a solid start on Monday, as a brace from Dever Orgill anchored a 3-2 win over Honduras at Jamaica’s National Stadium. 

Despite securing the positive result, however, Whitmore admitted to having concerns with the performance, particularly with the nature of the goals conceded.   

“At times it’s not always about the pretty football.  It is about results. Overall I think complacency got the better of us, especially when we were leading by two goals to nil, it definitely got the better of us and that is unacceptable,” Whitmore said.

“Going forward there are a few things to fix, in terms of putting pressure on the ball and cutting off the passing lanes much quicker,” Whitmore added.

The Jamaicans might well have reason to be cautious, despite the fact that they are unbeaten in their last two games against El Salvador, the latest encounter coming in a 2-0 win in the CONCACAF Nation’s League, the team has lost four of the last six games.

The teams will face off at the BBVA Compass Stadium, in Houston.

El Salvador are off and running in the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s Group C after playing to a 1-0 win against Curacao inside Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston. 

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup breaks new ground as the Group C encounter between Curaçao and El Salvador marks the tournament debut at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

The two teams meet again after facing each other in group action in the 2017 edition – a match El Salvador won 2-0 on its way to the quarterfinals.

Monday’s match is the second time the two sides have met at the Gold Cup after Curacao made their debut in the competition two years ago. The two nations have met seven previous times, with four going El Salvador’s way, while the other three ended in draws.

El Salvador Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos returns to the Gold Cup after managing the team at the 2007 and 2009 editions. He will likely look to Nelson Bonilla and Oscar Ceren, the country’s top scorers in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, to help the team off on the right track.

Curacao will be looking for their first favorable result in the competition after going winless in their maiden voyage. Manager Remko Bicentini believes his team can be the surprise of the tournament and has called on 12 returning players from the 2017 roster.

Canada, on Thursday, booked their spot in the quarterfinal of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship with a 4-0 win over Curacao and in so doing, ending all Caribbean interest in the competition. 

El Salvador are through to the next round of the CONCACAF U17 Championship after getting the better of Jamaica’s young Reggae Boyz in their round-of-16 clash at the IMG Academy Field 11 on Wednesday.

El Salvador ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of 45th opener from Styven Vasquez and a strike that put the game out of reach from Jorge Flores in the 70th minute of play.

The Reggae Boyz would pull one back from Rajay Wright in the 82nd minute.

The two teams were close in a number of areas, with the El Salvadorians taking their chances and making the difference between the teams.

The first goal of the game, for instance, was an absolute howler after Vasquez, swinging a cross into the box, must have thanked his lucky stars with the delivery making a mockery of goalkeeper, Shamar Haffendon’s position.

The Reggae Boyz would not get back into the game after that.

Jamaica and Honduras will be joined in Group C by El Salvador and Curacao in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup set to kick off on June 15 and conclude on July 7.

Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore insists the team does not want to drop its usually high standards, heading into the Gold Cup, on the back of a poor performance against El Salvador at the weekend.

An uncharacteristically poor performance in the Concacaf Nation’s League, at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador on Saturday saw the team fall to a 2-0 loss.  The loss was the first for the Jamaica team in the competition, prior to that scoring Cayman Islands, 4-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston in their opening game followed by a 6-0 thrashing of Bonaire in Curacao and a 2-1 victory against Suriname at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay.

“The Gold Cup is coming up and the team did very well by reaching the finals in the last two editions in 2015 and 2017, and we don't want to drop that standard,” Whitmore said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“I also want to give everybody here a chance to see what they have to offer which will help us in the selection of the Gold Cup squad,” he added.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were handed a shock 2-0 by El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nation’s League on Saturday, the team’s first loss of the competition this season.

The Jamaican’s found themselves on the backfoot after uncharacteristically sloppy play from custodian Andre Blake.  The hosts took the lead in the 49th minute after Blake coughed up a routine cross into the area from a set-piece unto the boot of Nelson Wilfredo, who tapped home from two yards out.

The night got even stranger for the Jamaicans. They found themselves two goals behind, in the 85th minute, after what appeared to be an attempted header back to Blake, from defender Andre Lowe, bounced wide of the custodian and ended up in the back of the net.   To add insult to injury, the visitors were reduced to 10-men when striker Darren Mattocks was sent off in time added on.

In other results,  Dominica topped Bahamas 4-0 on the strength of goals from Julian Wade (24’, 35’), Travist Joseph (30’) and Briel Thomas (85’).  That was followed by a breathtaking encounter between neighbours Sint Maarten and Saint Martin in which the Dutch side of the island emerged victorious 4-3.

 A Danilo Cocks own goal (10’) plus scores from Smally Lake (23’) and Remsley Boelijn (30’) via penalty countered an Akim Arrondell goal (11’) to give Sint Maarten a 3-1 halftime lead. Cocks made up for his earlier miscue in the 52’ to make it 3-2, only for Lake to score his second (59’). Wrubens Dupalus’ penalty conversion in the 80’ cut the deficit to 4-3 but Sint Maarten would hang on for the win.

 Guyana edged Belize 2-1 with goals from Neil Danns (16’) and Emery Welshman (43’), offsetting a score from Elroy Kuyen (25’) to collect the three points and move to sixth place in the 34-team table.

Antigua and Barbuda then stunned first-place Curacao with a resounding 2-1 home win.  Suriname put itself in the Gold Cup mix with a big 2-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis. Stefano Rijssel (38’) and Ivenzo Comvalius (71’) did the damage against the Sugar Boys.

The Reggae Boyz are undefeated in Nations League qualifying with three victories after beating Cayman Island 4-0 at the National Stadium in Kingston in their opening game followed by a 6-0 thrashing of Bonaire in Curacao and a 2-1 victory against Suriname at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay. 

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