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Copa America: Jamaica heads home with thinking to do after 3-0 loss to Uruguay

Another three-and-out, winless, goal-less run in Copa America for the Reggae Boyz.

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For the second year in a row, Jamaica exits Copa America with no wins and no goals. In 2015, a string of 1-0 losses won the Reggae Boyz some compliments and set the stage for a run to the Gold Cup final. In 2016, there is no additional summer tournament to play and Jamaica has failed to match even the relatively modest Copa America standard it established for itself in Chile last year. The Reggae Boyz conceded as many goals to Uruguay in this game as they did in all three of their Copa America group stage games in 2015.

Abel Hernandez opened the scoring for Uruguay in the 21st minute.

The Reggae Boyz seemed to be just about holding their own after that, until Je-Vaughn Watson inadvertently became the answer to a trivia question: who was the first Jamaican player to score a goal in Copa America?

And Mathias Corujo provided the capper for Uruguay in the 88th minute.

Both teams head home now, though Uruguay - currently top of CONMEBOL's World Cup qualifying table - has considerably more reason to look forward to the rest of the year than Jamaica.

The Reggae Boyz must shrug off the disappointment of their Copa America performances and focus on their make-or-break CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers in September. A win in Panama on September 2 is all that really matters for Jamaica at the moment. Copa America will quickly be forgotten if the Reggae Boyz can win through to CONCACAF's final round of qualifying for Russia 2018.