Game Notes: Curaçao v Mexico
Mexico players (pictured) celebrate after scoring against El Salvador in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 9, 2017, in San Diego, California, USA. (Photo: AFP)
2Games Played64
0Goals For152
4Goals Against40

Match Officials

Referee: KimbellWard (St. Kitts & Nevis)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Browne (St. Kitts & Nevis)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Betrand(Trinidad & Tobago)
4th Official: John Pitti(Panama)


Curacao: none
Mexico: none

Single Caution

Curacao: Leandro Bacuna, Gillian Justiana
Mexico: Jesus Dueñas, Jorge Hernandez, Luis Reyes

Alamodome –San Antonio, Texas, USA
July 16, 2017 –8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)


Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Curacao 0, El Salvador 2 …Conceded a pair of goals during three-minute, first-half stretch to fall for a second time by a 0-2 score … played without captain and right-back CucoMartina, who traveled to England after opening loss in order to settle club situation for 2017/18 season, ultimately signing with Everton

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 0-2 loss v Jamaica; 0-2 loss v El Salvador

• Gold Cup Record: GP-2; W-0; D-0; L-2; GF-0; GA-4

• Gold Cup appearances: 1 (2017)

• Best Gold Cup finish: n/a

• Top GC scorers: n/a

• Qualification method: Champion, 2016/2017 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup

• 2016/17 ScotiabankCFU Men’s Caribbean Cup results: (1st Round) 0-1 loss v Barbados, 2-1 win v Dominican Republic; (2nd Round) 5-2 win v Guyana, 7-0 win v U.S. Virgin Islands; (3rd Round) 3-0 win v Antigua and Barbuda; 4-2 win aetv Puerto Rico; (Semifinals) 2-1 win v Martinique: (Final) 2-1 win v Jamaica … Overall record: GP-8; W-7; D-0; L-1; GF-25; GA-8

• 2016/17 ScotiabankCFU Men’s Caribbean Cup scorers: Gino van Kessel, FelitcianoZschusschen(7 goals); Leandro Bacuna(4); RangeloJanga(3), GevaroNepomuceno, Elson Hooi(2)

• Qualified for Gold Cup via 4-2 extra-time win v Puerto Rico (RangeloJanga69’; Leandro Bacuna85’, 120’+1’; FelitcianoZschusschen97’) to reach Caribbean Cup semifinals

• Captured first-ever Caribbean Cup championship with 2-1 win over Jamaica in the final on June 25, 2017 (Hooi10’, 84’)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Eliminated in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, falling to El Salvador (agg: 0-2) … Overall qualifying record: GP-6; W-1; D-3; L-2; GF-5; GA-6 … 2018 WCQ scorers: VidarrellMerencia(2 goals); Darryl Lachman, Charlton Vicento, FelitcianoZschusschen

• Attempting to avoid becoming the third team out of the last four GC debutants to complete its first tournament scoreless (Greneda, Nicaragua) … Could become third team to score first-ever GC goal in 2017 tournament behind French Guiana, Nicaragua

• Gino van Kesselwas only CONCACAF player to lead a European league in scoring for 2015/16 season (17 goals for Trencinin Slovakia)

• Aston Villa defender Leandro Bacunarepresented the Netherlands at the U19 (9 games/1 goal) and U21 (6 games/1 goal) levels in European competitions

• GevaroNepomuceno appeared in six games and scored one goal for Romania’s PetrolulPloiesti in the qualifying phase of the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League

• Head Coach: RemkoBicentini(Since September 2016) … served as an assistant to former Dutch international and Ajax, Barcelona and AC Milan star Patrick Kluivert


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Mexico 0, Jamaica 0 ... Mexico prevented Jamaica from registering an effort on target, but failed to score for the first-ever time against a Caribbean opponent in GC play, due partly to six saves by goalkeeper Andre Blake

• 2017 Gold Cup Results: 3-1 win v El Salvador (HedgardoMarin 8’; Elias Hernandez 29’; Oberlin Pineda 55’); 0-0 draw v Jamaica

• Gold Cup Record: GP-64; W-46; D-10; L-8; GF-152; GA-40

• Gold Cup Appearances: 14 (1991, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

• Best Finish: Champion-7 (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015) … most titles in Gold Cup history … 8 appearances in Gold Cupfinals is second-most behind the United States (9)

• Top GC Scorer: Luis Roberto Alves(12 goals) … Alvesis tied for second on the all-time GC scoring list with the USA’s Clint Dempsey (#1: Landon Donovan, USA … 18 goals)

• Qualification method: automatic North American entrant

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification (WCQ): currently sits in first in CONCACAF fifth round (GP-6; W-4; D-2; L-0; GF-9, GA-2) … Only remaining unbeaten team across all rounds of CONCACAF qualifying (Overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-12; W-9; D-3; L-0; GF-22, GA-3)

• 2018 FIFA WCQ, CONCACAF fifth round results: 2-1 win v United States (A), 0-0 draw v Panama (A), 2-0 win v Costa Rica (H), 1-0 win v Trinidad and Tobago (A), 3-0 win v Honduras (H), 1-1 draw v United States (H) … Remaining fifth-round matches: Panama (H), Costa Rica (A), Trinidad & Tobago (H), Honduras (A) …

• 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup: 4th place (GP-5; W-2; D-1; L-2; GF-8; GA-10) … Results: (Group Stage) 2-2 draw v Portugal, 2-1 winv New Zealand, 2-1 win v Russia, (Semifinals) 4-1 loss v Germany, (3rd Place) 2-1 aetloss v Portugal

• 22 of 23 players on Gold Cup roster were not in Confederations Cup squad … defender Luis Reyes is lone holdover (played in two games: 2-1 win v Russia, 1-2 loss v Portugal in 3rd place match) … three past Gold Cup MVPs (Giovani Dos Santos-2009, Javier Hernandez-2011, Andres Guardado-2015) played at the Confederations Cup.

• GC record against Caribbean opposition: GP-20; W-18; D-2; L-0; GF-70; GA-10 … Averaging 3.50 goals per game v Caribbean foes and1.86 per game goals against other competitors combined … defeated Martinique 9-0 (July 11, 1993) in what remains the most lopsided result in GC history

• 0-0 draw v Jamaica was Mexico’s fourth scoreless result in its GC history … before 0-0 draw v Guatemala (July 12, 2015), had scored at least one goal in 31 consecutive GC matches

• 152 goals scored and +112 goal differential are best in GC history …

• Jesus Dueñas: only player on current roster to have taken part in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup (started & played 86 minutes in 3-1 win over Jamaica in final)

• Elias Hernandez: member of 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion (1 game/0 goals) … only appearance was a 66’ substitute for AndresGuardadoin 5-0 win v Cuba

• Head Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio (since October 2015 ) … Osorio launched his Mexico coaching career shortly after the Tricolor’s 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup (October 10, 2015) … currently serving six-game suspension from FIFA … Luis PompilioPaezis leading side in his place

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