2015 Gold Cup | El Salvador vs Jamaica | Toronto Soccer Photography

7/14/2015 (Toronto)

BMO Field hosted the first ever Gold Cup match on Canadian soil featuring El Salvador vs. Jamaica in group C action.

With 1 point after 2 games, El Salvador was seeking a victory to ensure qualification to the knockout rounds.

Jamaica was on top of the group with 4 points after 2 games and high in confidence after a commendable performance at the 2015 Copa America.

With the majority of the crowd in white and blue and two first half Jamaican substitutes, the momentum was building for El Salvador.

The first half ended 0-0 with both teams unable to breach their opponents.

The second half saw El Salvador increase their attack and Jamaica was constantly running back under pressure.

In the 72nd minute, a Jamaican counter attack saw Adrian Mappa's shot saved by Derby Carrillo, only to be deflected into Gareth McCleary's path for the tap in.

El Salvador had another opportunity to capitalize in the 80th minute as Jamaica's Darren Mattock's received a second yellow card and was ejected from the game.

Jamaica was able to withstand the pressure for the final 10 minutes to secure their first place finish in the group.

El Salvador still has a mathematical chance to advance to the knock out rounds and that rests on the results of the Cuba vs Guatemala match.

 

Jaime Espinoza

Captive Camera, Toronto, ON, Canada