Mexico and Jamaica both took another step closer to the quarterfinals with a 0-0 draw in this Group C game. This rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup final was not nearly as exciting as the original, with neither team able to break the deadlock in Denver.
Rotation was again the name of the game for El Tri, with Moisés Muñoz, Jesús Molina, Erick Torres, and Orbelín Pineda all joining the starting XI. The best chance of the first half fell for “Cubo” Torres, whose header hit the post in the 23rd minute with goalkeeper Andre Blake beaten.
Then, as halftime approached, Jesús Molina put his header on target but saw his attempt cleared off the line by Jermaine Taylor.
Chances continued in the second half as El Tri looked more dynamic, but they still couldn’t turn their possession into goals against a well-organized Jamaican defense.
The Reggae Boyz only rarely threatened Muñoz’s goal at the other end, but the draw is a good result for them and they will be pleased to have earned it despite having just 27% of the possession.
With the 0-0 draw, Mexico and Jamaica both reach four points.
In the final group stage games on Sunday, Mexico will play Curaçao while Jamaica takes on El Salvador.
Group Standings – Group C
Mexico: Moisés Muñoz, Hedgardo Marín, Hugo Ayala, Jesús Gallardo, Edson Álvarez, Jesús Molina, Rodolfo Pizarro (César Montes 45′), Jesús Dueñas (Martín Barragán 67′), Erick Torres, Orbelín Pineda, Elías Hernández (Erick Gutiérrez 76′).
Jamaica: Andre Blake, Jermaine Taylor, Damion Lowe, Kemar Lawrence, Alvas Powell, Je-Vaughn Watson, Michael Binns (Ewan Grandison 75′), Kevon Lambert, Darren Mattocks (Jermaine Johnson 94′), Cory Burke (Owayne Gordon 88′), Oniel Fisher.