PASADENA, California -- Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore was succinct and to the point when talking about his team's task against Mexico in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals on Sunday.
"We have to bring our ‘A’ game to the table and hope it works for us," he said during a press conference Saturday at the Rose Bowl.
Whitmore knows his team will once again be challenged. When the same sides met on July 13 in the group stage, a scoreless draw was the decision.
"We will give them the edge based on the players, compared to us," stated the 44-year-old.
But don't think the Reggae Boyz, who have reached the semifinals for the second consecutive time, are shrinking in fear. Quite the contrary, actually.
"The confidence is high in our camp," Whitmore expressed. "We don't want to be overconfident. We know Mexico has a lot to offer. We have to give them a lot of respect because what they have done over the years."
Whitmore promised a different Jamaican side at Levi’s Stadium.
"We have the ammunition in terms of our attacking to go at this Mexican team," commented the former Hull City standout. "It would be a totally different approach than the one we played in the group stage."
In the 2015 Gold Cup, Jamaica stunned the United States to book a spot in the final against Mexico, which ultimately prevailed, 3-1.
The Caribbean side would love to add another Gold Cup scalp to its collection.
"It’s an opportunity to write history," Whitmore finished. "So, they are looking forward to it. They know the task at hand. They know it’s a massive game."