As a reminder of what is on the line here in the Gold Cup. Outside of winning the Gold Cup and being the Concacaf Champion, the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup will play the winner of the 2013 Gold Cup (USA) for a berth in the Confederations Cup in Russia 2017.
In addition the Gold Cup is the de facto first stage of qualifying for 2016 Copa América Centenario. USA (automatic qualifier and potential host), Mexico (automatic qualifier), Jamaica (2014 Caribbean Cup winners) and Costa Rica (2014 Copa Centroamericana winners) have already qualified for the tournament. The next four teams from the Gold Cup will enter a playoff for the last two spots in the 2016 Copa América Centenario. There is still some doubt as to if the tournament is going to take place, but if it does go through then the qualifying mechanism expects to be unchanged.
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Jamaica (FiIFA Rank 76) v El Salvador (88)
Jamaica has advanced to the knockout rounds. But they can finish anywhere from group winner to third place advancement pending today's results. Jamaica is leading Group B heading into the final day because they beat Canada 1-0 on Saturday via a stoppage time winner by Rodolph Austin.
El Salvador have two draws from two played and have scored just one goal. But they are currently on a three match winning streak over Jamaica dating back to the 2009 Gold Cup and including two friendlies in the interim.
A nil-nil or 1-1 draw would see El Salvador likely eliminated from the Gold Cup. In Group A, Panama earned three points from three draws but scored three goals. If Guatemala beat Cuba tomorrow then third place in Group C will have four points and be assured of one of the two third place spots in the knockout rounds. Expect to see El Salvador attacking if it is tied late.
Canada (103) v Costa Rica (41)
Canada has just one nil-nil draw to their credit in their two opening games and still have not scored a goal. They do have one of the highlights (okay, lowlights) of the tournament in Cyle Larin's legendary miss against El Salvador. This should be a home match, and technically it is, but expect a crowd that might be ready to turn on the Canadians if things do not start well. A loss here would also eliminate Canada from qualification for the 2016 Copa Centenario so the stakes are immense.
Costa Rica came into the Gold Cup as the highest rated team in Concacaf at the lofty rank of 14. The number behind their name above is not a typo. In the July adjustment for the FIFA World Rankings, Costa Rica dropped 27 spots from 14 to 41. The FIFA ranking system is not good.
Costa Rica has high hopes for this Gold Cup after making it to the quarterfinals of the World Cup last summer. They were only eliminated by the Netherlands on penalties and had a real chance at the semi-finals with wins over Italy and Uruguay in the group stage.
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