SANTA CLARA, California -- For the second consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jamaica settled for a silver instead of a gold medal. Yet, head coach Theodore Whitmore saw a silver lining to his team's accomplishment.
He called the Reggae Boyz' participation in the biennial competition "a great experience."
"They were a mixture of players in youth and experience," Whitmore said after losing to the United States in the final, 2-1, at Levi's Stadium on Wednesday night. "Personally, I think the future is bright for Jamaica football, [something] we can build on. Still have a number of players to look out to get their chances. I thought it was a great tournament.
"They did us proud. They did their country proud. What else can I ask for?"
The Jamaicans overcame a 1-0 deficit on Je-Vaughn Watson's goal, before Jordan Morris connected for the game-winner in the 88th minute.
“It was like a dagger in the heart,” expressed Whitmore.
Yet, Whitmore was heartened by his team's performance, surrendering only four goals in six matches.
"I think this tournament has set the tone for us in terms of getting games," he said. "This tournament gives a lift that we can [play] practice games on FIFA dates to continue the rebuilding process.
"The sky's the limit for us. We just have to keep working."
In order to take the next step, Whitmore believes more Jamaicans need to be challenge themselves at a higher level abroad.
"That's the ultimate goal for any player to venture to MLS, Europe," concluded the 44-year-old.