Mexico en-route to quarterfinals despite poor performance against Jamaica

Mexico en-route to quarterfinals despite poor performance against Jamaica

Curacao sits in last place in the group after a 2-0 loss to Jamaica and a 2-0 loss to El Salvador.

The match is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. (4:00 pm Jamaica time). Curacao defeated Jamaica in the 2017 Caribbean Cup.

With how things turned out in the group stage, the United States and Mexico are on a collision course to meet in the July 26 final.

In the first match, El Salvador beat Curacao 2-0 to improve to 1-1 in pool play.

"The fans bought the tickets, they came out to watch a team win and perform well, so we understand their frustration", Mexico assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez said.

Jamaica went on the attack and some 10 minutes later Williams found himself with an opportunity to tie the game, but was denied by El Salvador 'keeper Oscar Arroyo.

The Mexican federation decided not to appeal the ban - something Osorio said he respected - but the former Atletico Nacional coach admitted it is a tough experience not being on the touchline.

El Salvador have also crept through as the second highest third-place side from across the tournament's three groups. No. Only winning the Gold Cup will.

The defending champions and seven-time winners made it two victories from three games at the Alamodome in San Antonio as the tournament's group stage concluded.

Goalkeeper Tim Howard, midfielder Michael Bradley and forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore are back.

Mattocks, who is the Reggae Boyz top scorer in the Gold Cup, was happy that the team progressed to the knockout stage.

Hernandez: I'll go with an entertaining 4-1 win for Mexico.

While there were some surprising results along the way, the final tables ended up looking similar to what many had predicted. Jamaica square off against tournament surprise Canada in the other quarter-final on Thursday. But it should have more than enough to overcome a Honduras still trying to convert its legitimate attacking talent into a more formidable foe.

Jamaica scored the tying goal on a penalty kick in the 64th minute, after El Salvador's Narciso Orellana was called for a handball in the penalty area.

Matt Pentz is a Seattle-based soccer reporter covering primarily the Sounders, Timbers and Whitecaps.