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Barnes: Jamaica pudo haberle ganado a Costa Rica

Giles Barnes de Jamaica (en la foto) en una conferencia de prensa de la Copa Oro de CONCACAF  el 10 de julio de 2015, en Houston. (Foto: Mexsport)

HOUSTON, Texas - A pesar que Jamaica pudo rescatar un empate 2-2 contra Costa Rica en su primer partido del Grupo B en la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF, el sentimiento de Giles Barnes es que su equipo desperdició una oportunidad.

"Pienso que tuvímos un buen rendimiento como equipo, [pero] creo que pudimos haber ganado el partido", dijo. "Cambiamos levemente por sus dos goles, pero si nos fijamos en todo el juego, en general, creo que podríamos haber ganado el partido."

Los Reggae Boyz puede reparar el daño contra Canadá el sábado por la noche en el segundo partido para ambos equipos en el BBVA Compass Stadium, donde Barnes se sentirá como en casa ya que milita para el Houston Dynamo, de la Major League Soccer.

"Tiene que haber mucha confianza de cara al futuro", sub rayó el jugador de 26 años. "Obviamente nos llenamos de mucha confianza después de jugar en la Copa América y obviamente la hemos traducido en este torneo, así y contra uno de los favoritos como Costa Rica. Realmente sentimos que podríamos haber ganado el partido ".

Muchas lecciones se aprendieron contra los costarricenses, que tomó una ventaja de 2-1 en el descanso el Miércoles. El equipo del Caribe cobró vida durante los últimos 20 minutos de la primera mitad, lo que obligó al portero Esteban Alvarado a realizar varias buenas paradas antes que Joel McAnuff anotó el gol del empate cinco minutos después del descanso.

"Eso es lo que sucede cuando el juego se abre, se obtiene una gran cantidad de espacios", dijo Barnes. "En los primeros 60 minutos fue un poco más apretado, pero, cuando dos equipos van después y quieren conseguir esos tres puntos primeros, eso es lo que pasa".

"Por desgracia, no convertimos las posibilidades, pero creo que estamos mostrando buen fútbol y justo de lo que somos capaces."

Tras el partido del sábado, los Jamaicanos se enfrentará a El Salvador en el BMO Field de Toronto el martes.

 
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