Jamaica’s group revealed for CONCACAF Gold Cup

The Reggae Boyz of Jamaica will be in Group C for the 2017 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup where they will play Curacao, El Salvador and Mexico. Jamaica will open the tournament against Curacao, and then play Mexico and then close out the group stages of the tournament against El Salvador.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter-finals of the tournament with two of the best 3rd place finishers also qualifying as well.

 

CANADA
Qualification: automatic North American entrant
Previous Appearances (last app): 12 (2015)
Best Finish: Champion-1 (2000)
Record: 15W-11D-15L (43GF, 53GA)

Other than the United States and Mexico, it is the only country to win the continental competition, taking home the trophy with a 2-0 win over Colombia in the 2000 final. That year, the Maple Leafs reached the knockout round via a coin-toss tiebreaker with Korea Republic and stunned then three-time defending champion Mexico in the quarterfinals (2-1).

More recently, however, the Canadians haven’t won in seven Gold Cup matches. They last tasted victory in the competition on June 11, 2011, as Dwayne De Rosario netted the lone goal from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win over Guadeloupe.

CURACAO

Qualification: Semifinalist, 2016/17 Caribbean Cup
Previous Appearances: none
Best Finish first-ever appearance
Record: 0W-0D-0L (0GF, 0GA)

Curacao sealed its first-ever trip to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, when it rallied for a 4-2 win over host Puerto Rico on October 11, 2016, to finish atop the Group 3 table in the third round of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup.

The Curacaoans have posted an overall Caribbean Cup record of 5W-0D-1L. Since dropping a 1-0 decision to Barbados in the tournament opener, they have scored 21 goals in reeling off five straight wins.

FRENCH GUIANA
Qualification: Semifinalist, 2016/17 Caribbean Cup
Previous Appearances: none
Best Finish: first-ever appearance
Record: 0W-0D-0L (0GF, 0GA)

French Guiana sealed a first-ever Gold Cup place by advancing to the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals. Through the third round of play, it has posted an overall record of 4W-0D-2L, scoring at least one goal in each game.

The French Guianese fell agonizingly short of qualifying for the 2015 Gold Cup, defeating visiting Honduras, 3-1, in the first leg of a playoff for the last berth. When the sides met again four days later in San Pedro Sula, the host Catrachos roared to a 3-0 win and progressed 4-3 on aggregate.

JAMAICA

Qualification: Semifinalist, 2016/17 Caribbean Cup
Previous Appearances (last app): 9 (2015)
Best Finish: Runner-up-1 (2015)
Record: 13W-5D-17L (40GF, 55GA)

Jamaica pulled off one of the biggest surprises in Gold Cup history, when it reached the 2015 final, ultimately falling to Mexico, 3-1. Along the way, the Reggae Boyz drew 2-2 with 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinalist Costa Rica and beat the United States, 2-1, in the semifinals.

In order to reach the 2017 Gold Cup, Jamaica captured the top spot in its 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup, third-round group, posting a 2W-0D-0L record, with wins over Guyana (4-2) and Suriname (1-0).


MARTINIQUE

Qualification: Semifinalist, 2016/17 Caribbean Cup

Previous Appearances (last app): 4 (2013)

Best Finish: Quarterfinals-1 (2002)

Record: 2W-2D-7L (7GF, 24GA)

Thanks to reaching the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals, Martinique will be making its fifth appearance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Its debut came in 1993, when it registered an historic 2-2 draw with Canada on goals by Georges Gertrude and Thierry Fondelot.

Through the third round of the current Caribbean Cup, Martinique is a perfect 6W-0D-0L, scoring 17 goals and conceding only two. Twelve players have gotten their names on the scoresheet, with Steeven Langil (4 goals), Yoann Arquin (2) and Kevin Parsemain (2) combining for eight goals.


MEXICO

Qualification: automatic North American entrant
Previous Appearances (last app): 13 (2015)
Best Finish: Champion-7 (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Record: 45W-9D-8L (149GF, 39GA)

Mexico is one of only two teams to participate in every Gold Cup, with the United States being the other. It has competed in eight of the 13 all-time finals, lifting the trophy in 2015 for a record-extending seventh title.

The Tricolor is the only team to win three consecutive titles (1993, 1996, 1998) and it also captured two straight once (2009, 2011).

Head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is in charge of a squad that contains three past Gold Cup MVPs — Giovani Dos Santos (2009), Javier Hernandez (2011) and Andres Guardado (2015).

USA
Qualification: automatic North American entrant
Previous Appearances (last app): 13 (2015)
Best Finish: Champion-5 (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013)
Record: 51W-8D-8L (134GF, 49GA)

Only Mexico has enjoyed more success in the Gold Cup than the United States. The Americans have captured five titles — two less than their rival to the south.

After head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. parted ways in November 2016, Bruce Arena was tabbed as his replacement. It’s a second spell in charge for Arena, who previously led the side to two Gold Cup titles (2002, 2005) and an historic quarterfinal finish in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The U.S. owns the record for most wins in Gold Cup history (51).

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