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Bulls Abroad: Lawrence, Jamaica; Ouimette, Canada Lose

2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is 2/3rds complete

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Costa Rica 3 - 0 Jamaica

Kemar Lawrence and the Jamaican national team were on the wrong side of the scoresheet during the second game of the week against Costa Rica in Group B CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, 3-0.  Lawrence had to leave the field after an challenge early in the game, but returned to the field three minutes later, calming the nerves of New York Red Bulls fans.  Enough with the defensive injuries already.  He did get subbed off in the 64th minute for striker Dever Orgill, but that was to boost some offense into Jamaica.

Costa Rica goals were scored by Celso Borges (7th), Bryan Ruiz (37th) and Johan Venegas (76th) of the Montreal Impact.  Jamaica sits in third place in Group B with four points.  Panama has 10 points and Costa Rica has seven.

Jamaica is now in danger of not qualifying for the Hex, or the World Cup.  They will need to defeat Panama the next time they face each other, on September 2nd at Panama, but first they will open Copa America Centenario with Uruguay on June 5th in Glendale, AZ.  Jamaica is expected to have games leading up to the tournament, but none have been announced as of yet.  Lawrence earned his 27th cap for the Jamaica senior team.

Mexico 2 - 0 Canada

Not to be outdone by the United States, Mexico clinched a spot in the Hex with their second win over Canada this week, this time 2-0.  Canada is still alive for the Hex as well since Honduras defeated El Salvador 2-0.  Honduras (four points) are tied with Canada, so Les Rouge control their own destiny despite dropping both games to Mexico.  RBNY defender Karl Ouimette did not feature for Canada in either game during this FIFA window.  He sits at 14 caps with the senior team.

Goals for Mexico were scored by Andres Guardado (17th, PK) and Jesus Manuel Corona (45+3).

Canada will face Honduras on September 2nd in Central America, before returning home on September 6th against El Salvador.  If they can defeat Honduras, then manage any result against El Salvador, they'll guarantee a spot in the Hex for the first time since 1997.  No friendly games are currently scheduled for the May/June FIFA window.