Jamaica respects, doesn’t fear Mexico
Action from the last meeting between Jamaica (yellow jersey) and Mexico in the Copa America Centenario on June 9, 2016, in Pasadena, California, USA. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon Images)

DENVER, Colorado -- Andre Blake earned man of the match for series of tremendous saves in Jamaica’s 2-0 win over Curacao in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup opener for each on Sunday in San Diego.  He slapped, blocked and kicked away many of the 19 shots unleashed by the Caribbean champion. 

The Reggae Boyz’ next encounter Thursday is a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup final against Mexico, which looked in good form while handing El Salvador a 3-1 defeat. 

“My main job is to make saves and keep teams from scoring,” Blake said during a news conference Wednesday, when asked if he expects to be busy again.  “I was able to do that in California and now my challenge is to forget that and go in and put a better performance in the next game.”

Since both sides’ rosters are very different from the ones in the decider of two years ago, Blake doesn’t necessarily know what to expect in the newest installment of the rivalry. 

“I don’t know much about them. It is a young group and also they are a very talented group,” said the Philadelphia Union star.  “We are going to show respect, but we are not going to fear them.  It’s more about focusing on us and do our job to do what it takes to get a good result.”  

Jamaica has lost each of its six all-time encounters with Mexico in the Gold Cup.