GOLD CUP: Day 6 recap


Jamaica claimed a quarterfinal berth with another shutout and Honduras found its dormant attack, sticking seven into the net against overmatched Grenada, as Group B in the CONCACAF Gold Cup sorted itself in Miami.

Demar Phillips scored 13 minutes apart in the second half to lead Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and the Reggae Boyz to a 2-0 triumph over Guatemala in the first game of the doubleheader at Florida International University. Carlo Costly had a hat trick and set up another goal in Honduras' 7-1 romp.

Jamaica, which will make its first quarterfinal appearance since 2005, lost Toronto FC defender Dicoy Williams to an eighth-minute leg injury.

CATRACHOS AWAKEN: After failing to score despite a two-man advantage in its group opener Monday night against Guatemala at Home Depot Center, Honduras overcame an early deficit to destroy Grenada behind Costly and Jerry Bengtson, who netted two. Oscar Boniek Garcia assisted goals by both and the stoppage-time finale by Alfred Mejia.

Grenada, 4-0 losers to Jamaica on Monday, looked ready for an upset early, with Clive Murray providing a 19th-minute lead by knocking in his rebound after firing off the right post, the first Gold Cup goal in Spice Boys history. But it was over by halftime -- Bengtson tallied in the 26th, Costly in the 28th and Bengtson again in the 37th -- and the Hondurans added four more, primarily from through balls, from the 67th on. Two of Costly's goals were simple tap-ins.

That's five four-goal-or-worse romps in the Gold Cup's first 10 matches, two by Mexico (5-0 over El Salvador and Cuba), another by Costa Rica (5-0 over Cuba) and the Grenada defeats.

REGGAE BOYZ ON SONG: Looking for an outsider that could reach the June 25 final if the U.S. or Mexico slips up? How about Jamaica, which followed a dominant showing against the Grenadians with another impressive victory. This one was much more difficult, but Phillips scored in the 65th and 78th minute, tucking the ball inside the right post from feeds by Keammar Daley and then New York Red Bulls winger Dane Richards.

The Chapines played with 10 men after Cristian Noriega picked up his second yellow card -- a harsh decision by Costa Rican referee Walter Queseda -- in the 70th minute.

LATEST FROM MEXICO: Mexico's health department Friday said incidents of contaminated beef are fewer than one in a million, striking a blow against claims that five El Tri players, including starting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and defender Francisco Javier Rodriguez, tested postive for the banned substance clenbuterol because they'd eaten infected chicken or beef.

The players took doping tests during their pre-tournament training camp May 21 outside Mexico City. The five players -- defender Edgar DueƱas and midfielders Zinha and Christian "Hobbit" Bermudez are the others -- were traveling Friday to Los Angeles for further tests. CONCACAF could reinstate the players, allow Mexico to replace them on their roster or force the Mexicans to play the rest of the tournament with only 18 players.

Defender Ricardo Osorio went home after Mexico's opener with a urinary-tract infection, so Mexico has only 17 players for its Group A finale Sunday against Costa Rica in Chicago. Osorio is expected to rejoin the team for the knockout stage.

Ochoa, who became Mexico's No. 1 keeper when Cruz Azul's Jose de Jesus Corona was booted off the team for head-butting a Morelia trainer in a scuffle during Mexico's Primera Division semifinals, told media the quintet has "nothing to hide."

"Our conscience is clean because we haven't done a bad thing," Ochoa said. "It's sad these things happen. These are things

that could happen in any restaurant in any location, and it happened to us when we were together in training. It is bad luck.

We know this is going to be cleared up, and we're facing the situation."

DAY 7 HIGHLIGHT: The U.S., sharp and impressive in its tournament-opening victory over Canada, has ended Panama's Gold Cup run the past three tournaments, prevailing on PKs in the 2005 final and winning quarterfinal matchups in 2007 and 2009. Anything but a win in Tampa is unacceptable.



Group B (at FIU Stadium, Miami)

Jamaica 2 (Phillips 65, 78), Guatemala 0

Honduras 7 (Bengtson 26, 37, Costly 28, 67, 71, W. Martinez 88, Mejia 93+), Grenada 1 (Murray 19)

Att.: 18,057


Group C (at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.)

Canada vs. Guadeloupe, 3 p.m. TV: Galavision

United States vs. Panama, 5 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46)


Group A (at Soldier Field, Chicago)

El Salvador vs. Cuba, 3 p.m. TV: Galavision

Mexico vs. Costa Rica, 5 p.m. TV: Galavision



x-Mexico 2-0-0 (10-0) 6

Costa Rica 1-0-1 (6-1) 4

El Salvador 0-1-1 (1-6) 1

Cuba 0-2-0 (0-10) 0


x-Jamaica 2-0-0 (6-0) 6

Honduras 1-0-1 (7-1) 4

Guatemala 0-1-1 (0-2) 1

Grenada 0-2-0 (1-11) 0


United States 1-0-0 (2-0) 3

Panama 1-0-0 (3-2) 3

Guadeloupe 0-1-0 (2-3) 0

Canada 0-1-0 (0-2) 0


Guatemala 0-1-1 (0-2) 1

El Salvador 0-1-1 (1-6) 1

Guadeloupe 0-1-0 (2-3) 0

x -- advances to quarterfinals

Two top third-place teams advance to quarterfinals

Key: W-L-T (Goals for-against) Points