Mexico hopes to strike gold once again

Mexico (pictured) trains on July 25, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ahead of its CONCACAF Gold Cup final meeting with Jamaica. (Photo: Mexsport)

PHILADELPHIA -- Diego Reyes knows what it's like to have a gold medal wrapped around his neck.

He was awarded one at the 2012 Olympic Games following Mexico’s 2-1 win over Brazil in the final. 

The defender hopes to have that special feeling again during the award ceremonies Sunday night after the Tricolor takes on Jamaica for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown at Lincoln Financial Field.

"I'm very happy," Reyes said during a Saturday press conference. "It was the best thing to happen. It would be best to have this cup for Mexico. I believe that we really, really earned this because of all of the work and happiness that we have on this team. We will be able to celebrate this with Mexico and my family."

The winner will face 2013 Gold Cup champion United States in a special playoff in October for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

"We're just concentrating on what we have to do," Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera said. "We want to get to the [playoff]."

Added Reyes: “We're very clear the team is going to have a great game tomorrow.”

Herrera did not know whether the dos Santos brothers -- forward Giovani and midfielder Jonathan -- were healthy enough to play. They were to be tested at training.

"We're going to see if they're going to be 100 percent," Herrera commented. "Physically, the team is doing very well."

A greatly improved Jamaican side has posed problems for rivals throughout the competition with its speed on the counterattack and compact defense.

"We know they are a difficult team," remarked Herrera. "They have really upped their game quite a bit." 

Herrera admitted the six-time champion did not play well in its 2-1 extra-time victory over Panama in Wednesday's semifinal.

"You know what? Forget what we did in the last game," he finished. "We did very well against Costa Rica and the next game we did really bad. We have spoken with the boys. We have to correct some errors. It's better to correct some errors when we're winning than when we're losing."