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. That game is probably going to be on October 9th in the Rose Bowl.
Mexico (FIFA Rank 40) v Jamaica (76)
Mexico is lucky to be here. CONCACAF officially said that their win over Panama was the outcome of a bad call, here's the pertinent statement:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Concacaf statement on Geiger, which says he 'accepted ... that errors had been made ... That affected the outcome.' <a href="http://t.co/p6fbHJ7Uyn">pic.twitter.com/p6fbHJ7Uyn</a></p>— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewDasNYT/status/624940463959752704">July 25, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Jamaica beat the USMNT 2-1 in the semi-finals. While one of their goals was mostly a fluke and the other was a result of a free kick called on the rare "your goalie through the ball out while also stepping outside the penalty box for a handball" Jamaica played well and deserved the win. This is arguably the biggest game in Jamaica football history. Not since Cool Runnings and the Jamaican bobsled team (or to be honest the last Usain Bolt race) has the country been as enthralled by a sporting event.
How to Watch:
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