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Whitmore: "Jugar la final de Copa Oro es nuestra Copa Mundial"
Bajo el liderazgo del entrenador Theodore Whitmore (foto), Jamaica está a un partido de ganar su primera Copa Oro de la CONCACAF. (Foto: Servicios de AFP)
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SANTA CLARA, California.- La señal azul y dorada en el exterior y en todo el Levi's Stadium recuerda a los aficionados que la final de la Copa de Oro CONCACAF se llevará aquí el miércoles por la noche.

Para el seleccionador de Jamaica Theodore Whitmore, el decisivo duelo contra Estados Unidos es mucho más que levantar un trofeo. Los Reggae Boyz, bajo el entonces entrenador Winfried Schafer, fueron eliminados antes de lo esperado en las eliminatorias para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018. Como resultado, la Copa Oro representa la validación de un propósito.

"Esta es nuestra Copa Mundial, así que tenemos que dar nuestro mejor esfuerzo ", dijo Whitmore. "Esta es una final de la Copa Mundial para nosotros".

Jamaica avanzó a la final por segunda vez consecutiva, y aspira a convertirse en la primera nación caribeña en ganar la Copa Oro.

"Lo que quieren hacer es reescribir la historia, no sólo para llegar a la final, sino para ganarla", enfatizó Whitmore. "Ellos saben la tarea que hay que hacer".

"Estamos reconstruyendo en este momento, significaría mucho para nosotros como país y para el fútbol en el futuro".

No esperen que los jamaiquinos que están invictos en el torneo se desvíen de la estrategia desplegada durante todo el trayecto. Seguirán jugando con una defensa apretada y usarán su velocidad en contraataques.

"La defensa gana campeonatos" manifestó el mediocampista Sergio Campbell. "Así que sólo tenemos que vencerlos lo mejor posible, y esperamos que aprovechemos nuestras oportunidades cuando los obtengamos." La defensa es lo más importante para nosotros en este momento ". afirmó Campbell. 

Jamaica, apoyada por el destacado guardameta Andre Blake, solo ha encajado dos goles en cinco partidos durante la actual Copa Oro.

 
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