Game Notes: Jamaica v El Salvador
Action from the last CONCACAF Gold Cup game between El Salvador (blue jersey) and Jamaica on July 14, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo: Mexsport)
37Games Played30
42Goals For27
55Goals Against52

Match Officials

Referee: JairMarrufo(USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
4th Official: Henry Bejarano(Costa Rica)


Jamaica: none
El Salvador: none

Single Caution

Jamaica: Michael Binns, Andre Blake, Kevon Lambert, KemarLawrence
El Salvador: Ivan Mancia, Darwin Ceren, Alexander Larin

Alamodome –San Antonio, Texas, USA
July 16, 2017 –6:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. local)


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): Mexico 0, Jamaica 0… Andre Blake made six saves as the Reggae Boyzearned their first-ever GC point against Mexico in their seventh meeting

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 2-0 win v Curacao (RomarioWilliams 58’; Darren Mattocks 73’); 0-0 draw v Mexico

• Gold Cup Record: GP-37; W-14; D-6; L-17; GF-42; GA-55 … won nine of last 13 GC matches, after securing only five victories in first 24

• Gold Cup Appearances: 10 (1991, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017)

• Best Finish: Runner-up, 2015 … fell 1-3 to Mexico in the final (Darren Mattocks 78’) … marked best Caribbean GC finish, besting previous semifinal appearances by Jamaica (1993, 1998) and Guadeloupe (2007) … attempting to reach knockout phase in three consecutive GC appearances for the first time in team history

• Top GC Scorers: Darren Mattocks, DemarPhillips, Andrew Williams(3 goals)

• Qualification method: Runner-up, 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup (Overall Record: GP-4; W-2; D-1; L-1; GF-7; GA-5)

• 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup results: (3rd Round) 4-2 win aetv Guyana; 1-0 win v Suriname; (Semifinals) 1-1 draw, 4:2 pens v French Guiana; (Final) 1-2 loss v Curacao (Rosario Harriott82’)

• 2016/2017 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup scorers: Cory Burke (2 goals), Shaun Francis, Je-Vaughn Watson, Rosario Harriott, DicoyWilliams, Jermaine Johnson (1)

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification: Eliminated in fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying (GP-6; W-1; D-1; L-4; GF-2; GA-10) … Overall 2018 qualifying record: GP-8; W-2; D-1; L-5; GF-6; GA-13 … Still seeking 2nd World Cup berth after qualifying for France ‘98 … World Cup Qualifying scorers: Darren Mattocks (2 goals), Je-Vaugh Watson, Clayton Donaldson, Adrian Mariappa, Simon Dawkins (1 goal)

• Held opponents scoreless in nine of last 13 GC matches (8W-1D-0L in those shutouts), after recording only three shutouts in first 24 GC outings

• In 0-0 draw v Mexico, shutout for first time in last eight GC matches … only Jamaica’s second goalless draw in 37 all-time GC games (February 3, 1998: 0-0 v Brazil)

• Unbeaten in last five GC matches against Central American foes (W-4; D-1; L-0) … Overall GC record v Central American opponents:GP-15; W-9; D-3; L-3; GF-23; GA-18

• Andre Blake: 2016 Major League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year with the Philadelphia Union … posted seven shutouts thus far in 2017 MLS campaign

• KemarLawrence: started 58 of 59 regular-season MLS games since joining New York Red Bulls in 2015 … played in five games during 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League

• Darren Mattocks: made Jamaica debut in 2-0 win v El Salvador on August 15, 2012 … only player on Jamaica’s 2017 roster to have scored in a previous GC edition

• Head Coach: Theodore Whitmore (since September 2016) … in his 4th stint as Jamaica manager, the longest running from 2009-13 … most recently assumed the role following the departure of Winfried Schaefer, who guided Jamaica to the 2015 Gold Cup final


• Last Time Out at the Gold Cup (GC): El Salvador 2, Curacao 0 … Rodolfo Zelayaset up Gerson Mayen’s opener before scoring his ninth career GC goal three minutes later as El Salvador cruised to just its second win by multiple goals in GC history … the victory snapped a six-game GC winless skid and a seven-match stretch of scoring one goal or fewer

• 2017 Gold Cup results: 1-3 loss v Mexico (Nelson Bonilla 10’); 2-0 win v Curacao (GersonMayen21’; Rodolfo Zelaya24’)

• Gold Cup record: GP-30; W-8; D-6; L-16; GF-27; GA-52

• Gold Cup Appearances: 10 (1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)

• Best Finish: Quarterfinals-4 (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013) … outscored 15-4 across quarterfinal appearances

• Top GC Scorer: Rodolfo Zelaya(9 goals) … sits in four-way tie for seventh on the all-time GC goal-scoring list … first Salvadoran to score at least one goal in three different GC editions … did not play in the 2015 edition

• Qualification method: 3rd place, 2017 Copa Centroamericana(Overall Record: Record: GP-5; W-2; D-1; L-2; GF-5; GA-4

• 2017 Copa Centroamericanaresults (round robin): 0-0 draw v Costa Rica, 1-2 loss v Honduras, 3-1 win v Belize, 0-1 loss v Panama, 1-0 win v Nicaragua

• 2017 Copa Centroamericanascorers: Juan Barahona, GersenMayen, Irvin Herrera, Henry Romero, Rodolfo Zelaya(1 goal) … Herrera’s 54th-minute goal in last match against Nicaragua clinched Gold Cup berth

• 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: eliminated after finishing bottom of group in the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying (GP-6; W-0; D-2; L-4; GF-4; GA-13) … Overall qualifying record: GP-10; W-3; D-3; L-4; GF-12; GA-16 … World Cup appearances: 2-1970, 1982

• 0W-0D-3L all-time in GC matches v Jamaica, but undefeated against all other Caribbean teams in GC play … GC record against Caribbean opponents: GP-10; W-6; D-1; L-3; GF-17; GA-10 … First-ever GC match (January 10, 1996): 3-2 win v Trinidad &Tobago (Raul Diaz Arce 34’, 72’ pen; Ronald Cerritos 50’) … Biggest team GC victory (June 6, 2011): 6-1 win v Cuba: (Rodolfo Zelaya13’, 71’; OsaelRomero 29’; Lester Blanco 69’; Arturo Alvarez 84’; Eliseo Quintanilla 90’+4)

• 0W-1D-6L in games following a win in the same GC edition

• 0W-3D-7L in last 10 games v Jamaica in all competitions … last win v Jamaica: 2-0 home win in World Cup Qualifying on November 15, 2000

• Players who scored CONCACAF Champions League goals: Andres Flores-1; Alexander Larin-1; Edwin Sanchez-1

• Head Coach: Eduardo Lara (since December of 2016) … Promoted from El Salvador’s U-20 head position … the Colombian spent nearly a decade as a youth manager in his home country’s national team program … also served briefly as Colombia’s first-team interim manager when Jorge Luis Pinto was dismissed in 2008

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