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Fans Go Home Frustrated as Mexico Has to Settle for Scoreless Draw with Jamaica

John Meyer - The Denver Post
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July 14, 2017

Mexico’s Hugo Ayala (L) is blocked by Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake during the Mexico vs Jamaica CONCACAF Group C Gold Cup soccer game on July 13, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Update: Mexico Secures Top Spot in Group C at CONCACAF Gold Cup After Unconvincing 2-0 Win Over Curacao on Sunday (Omnisport)

Mexico had huge advantages in crowd support and ball control but had to settle for a scoreless draw with Jamaica in a second-leg Gold Cup game Thursday night before 49,121 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, many of whom booed their team at the end of the game.

“We understand their frustrations,” said Mexico assistant coach Luis Pomplio, who directed the team because head coach Juan Carlos Osorio was under suspension for sideline behavior by FIFA. “We wanted to make them happy, and we understand that we just didn’t perform as well as we should have. The result wasn’t good enough. We definitely will criticize ourselves even more. We had our chances, we just weren’t able to hit the goal.”

Mexico dominated possession with the Reggae Boyz content to defend and wait for counterattacking opportunities. Striker Erick Torres of the Houston Dynamo, the only Mexican starter who doesn’t play for a Mexican club, hit the post in the 23rd minute for Mexico’s best chance of the game. Torres, who was named to the Gold Cup roster after Alan Pulido of Chivas was injured July 1 in a tune-up match against Paraguay, is tied for second in MLS scoring this season with 12 goals.

... But too many Mexican attacks fizzled with loss of possession at the edges of the penalty area, increasingly frustrating the largely green-clad crowd that came equipped with Mexican flags and sombreros. A tie was not a good result for Mexico, but it was for Jamaica.

Read the rest at The Denver Post

Related: Mexico Will Not Appeal FIFA Suspension of Coach Juan Carlos Osorio (ESPN)

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