PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Jamaica will take on Panama at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday night in a quarterfinal clash at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Jamaica won Group C of the tournament, winning once and drawing twice.
The win came in historic fashion on home soil. The opening pair of matches in Group C was played in Kingston, Jamaica, the first time the Gold Cup featured matches on the island. Jamaica defeated Honduras 3-2 in a hotly contested affair. Jamaica got two goals from Dever Orgill and one from Damion Lowe.
Next up came a bit of a disappointing result against El Salvador, a 0-0 draw in Houston. Jamaica then drew 1-1 with Curacao in its final group game in Los Angeles. Jamaica had the 1-0 lead for the majority of the match courtesy of Shamar Nicholson before Jurien Gaari’s sensational equalizer leveled the score in second half stoppage time.
“We have a lot of work left to do,” said Jamaica GK Andre Blake. “But the important thing is that we are through to the next round. We have some time to get things right, and we now we need to be a lot better for the next game.”
Orgill was one of 10 players at the tournament to net two goals in the group stage. While Nicholson only tallied the single goal against Curacao, it wasn’t for lack of trying. Nicholson was tied for third in the Gold Cup in shots taken with 12.
In addition to the goal, Lowe tallied seven steals in the group stage.
Jamaica’s match with Panama kicks off at 5:30 ET on Sunday night.