Curacao remains optimistic ahead of Mexico clash
Curacao’s Darryl Lachman (pictured) shown in a CONCACAF Gold Cup game against El Salvador on July 13, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, USA. (Photo: AFP)

DENVER, Colorado – Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room shouted after El Salvador had threatened his net yet again.

Room appeared upset at his peers for allowing La Selecta to take advantage of miscues that led to Thursday’s 2-0 loss in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“Some players were out of position and we couldn’t recover,” Curacao coach Remko Bicentini said.  “If you are going to win you have to eliminate those.  You have to be attacking more, if not, you’re going to have consequences.”

As a result, after two straight Group C losses, Curacao faces possible elimination from its first-ever trip to the Gold Cup.  In order to have any chance of progressing, the Caribbean champion must beat Mexico on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. 

“That could be a good thing for us because we are the underdog,” commented Bicentini about the matchup.  “We must also win.  We can still be the best third if we play with the same attitude and make the best of it.

“We have to correct our mistakes, especially against Mexico.  We have to finish our chances.  We will probably get one or two chances and we definitely have to score on one of those.”  

Curacao had a clear chance to score against El Salvador, but a penalty kick by attacker Gevaro Nepomuceno was saved by goalkeeper Derby Carrillo. 

“It was just one of those times,” Bicenitini said.  “It can be frustrating. We’ll get over it.”