Group B at the Gold Cup was supposed to be the one that Costa Rica ran away with, but they all of a sudden find themselves in need of a win in their final group game. It is Jamaica who has been the surprise of the group, as they lead the way with 4 points from their first 2 games. Jamaica will face El Salvador on Tuesday night knowing that a tie will be enough to get them through.
El Salvador vs Jamaica 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Game Info
We say that Jamaica are a surprise team in this tournament, but the fact of the matter is that they served early notice when they played in the 2015 Copa America. Sure, they didn’t win a game or score a goal, but their three consecutive 1-0 defeats came at the hands of some very good opponents, with Argentina included in that mix. Being invited to play in that tournament may well have been the perfect warm-up for the Jamaicans, as they have looked very good in their first 2 games. They picked up an unexpected 2-2 tie against Costa Rica in the opening game of the group, and then left it very late to beat Canada 1-0 in their last game. The Jamaicans are sure to be happy with these results, but word out of their camp is that they expect more. This is a team that truly believes they can win this tournament.
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El Salvador were arguably the better team in both of their group games thus far, yet they only have 2 points to show for their efforts. They tied 0-0 with Canada, in what was a pretty dull affair, and then managed to salvage a point against Costa Rica with an injury time goal. 2015 has not been very kind to this team, as they have only managed 1 win from the 8 games that they have played this year, and that was against lowly St. Kitts and Nevis. This is a team that plays a tight defensive style, but who seem to lack that killer instinct in front of the opponent’s goal. They are going to have to find that on Tuesday night if they hope to move on to the next round.
GK –Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union/USA); Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden); Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds/USA)
DF – Michael Hector (Reading/England); Lance Laing (FC Edmonton/Canada); Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls/USA); Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace/England); Wes Morgan (Leicester City/England); Demar Phillips (Real Salt Lake/USA); Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers/USA); Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo/USA)
MF – Rodolph Austin (Unattached); Simon Dawkins (Derby County/England); Joel Grant (Yeovil Town/England); Christopher Humphrey (Preston North End/England); Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient/England); Garath McCleary (Reading/England); Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas/USA)
FW – Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo/USA); Andre Clennon (Arnett Gardens/Jamaica); Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps/Canada); Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United/Jamaica); Michael Seaton (Orebro/Sweden)
DF – Moises Xavier Garcia (FAS/El Salvador); Alexander Larin (Herediano/Costa Rica); Alexander Mendoza (FAS/El Salvador); Milton Molina (Isidro Metapan/El Salvador); Henry Romero (Aguila/El Salvador); Danny Torres (Alianza/El Salvador)
MF – Jaime Alas (Municipal/Guatemala); Arturo Alvarez (Videoton/Hungary); Darwin Ceren (Orlando City SC/USA); Dustin Corea (FAS/El Salvador); Andres Flores (New York Cosmos/USA); Jairo Henriquez (FAS/El Salvador); William Maldonado (Santa Tecla/El Salvador); Richard Menjivar (Tampa Bay Rowdies/USA); Narciso Orellana (Isidro Metapan/El Salvador); Pablo Punyed (Stjarnan/Iceland); Raul Renderos (FAS/El Salvador)
FW – Nelson Bonilla (Viitorul Constanta/Romania); Rafael Burgos (Fredriskstad/Norway); Irvin Herrera (Santa Tecla/El Salvador)
Jamaica are coming into this game brimming with confidence, while El Salvador have all the pressure of needing a win. Being able to relax a little will help the Jamaicans with the style they play, and I believe that means they will get the win, 1-0.