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Bulls Abroad: Kemar Lawrence, Jamaica Drop Gold Cup Final 3-1 to Mexico

Reggae Boyz run out of steam at the wrong time

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After an impressive defeat of the USMNT on Wednesday night, Jamaica didn't have enough magic left to beat the other Gold Cup favorite.  Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1 on Sunday night in the Gold Cup final to take their seventh CONCACAF title.  The win for Mexico sets a date with the United States for a playoff into the 2017 Confederations Cup.  The game is scheduled for Friday October 9th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

New York Red Bulls defenseman Kemar Lawrence started in each game of the tournament and played every minute for his country.  He was on the Best XI team for the group stage and continued to keep his opponents skittish every time they touched the ball.  His physicality on 50-50 balls and his one-on-one defending was one of the most impressive by any defenseman the entire tournament.

Jamaica allowed themselves to get behind 3-0 after an hour of game time.  Darren Mattocks got them on the board in the 80th minute, but it was too little, too late for the Reggae Boyz.  They were doubled up on shots by Mexico (16 to 8) and forced their goalkeeper Ryan Thompson, to make five saves.  Mexico won most statistical categories in the boxscore.

Jamaica's next international action takes place on August 31st when they host Nicaragua for the third round of World Cup qualifying.  The home-and-away tie with Nicaragua SHOULD be a walk in the park for Jamaica, but the fourth round will not be.  They have been drawn into a Group of Death.  Their opponents will consist of Panama, Costa Rica and most likely Haiti (who play Grenada in the third round).  Based on how each of these teams have played the last year, it will be unfortunate that only two will advance to the Hex.