GOLD CUP: Day 9 recap

June, 13, 2011
6/13/11
10:31
PM PT

Jamaica finished a perfect run through Group B, notching its third shutout in a showdown Monday night with Honduras, and Guatemala romped to claim one of two third-place berths in the CONCACAF Gold Cup's quarterfinals.


San Jose Earthquakes forward Ryan Johnson scored the lone goal in Jamaica's triumph, which also sent the Hondurans to the knockout stage, where they will meet the other Central American power, Costa Rica, in Saturday's quarterfinal opener in East Rutherford, N.J.

Jamaica will face the No. 2 team from Group C in Sunday's quarterfinal doubleheader in Washington. The likeliest foe: United States.

Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa scored one goal and set up another to lead Guatemala to a 4-0 rout of Grenada in the opener at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

A quick look at the ninth day of group play in the region's nations championship:

ROCKSTEADY REGGAE BOYZ: Jamaica followed shutout victories over Grenada and Guatemala with a 1-0 triumph over the Hondurans, who started just four first-choice players from last year's World Cup squad and lost star forward Carlo Costly to a rib injury midway through the first half.

The group title is another achievement for the Reggae Boyz, who failed to reach the final round of qualifying for last year's World Cup, then bounced back to win the Caribbean Championship in January. Outsiders when the tournament began, they'll likely enter the knockout phase as the Gold Cup's No. 2 team, trailing only Mexico on goal difference.

Johnson netted his second goal of the tournament on a wild sequence in the 36th minute. His blast caromed down off the crossbar, smacked Catrachos goalkeeper Noel Valladares in the back of the head, and the ball bounced into the net.

Johnson coulda/shoulda had another after Victor Bernardez took him down in Honduras' box, but Valladares guessed right, dived left and knocked aside his 72nd-minute penalty kick.

Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts sat this one out for the Reggae Boyz, so Dwayne Miller got credit for the shutout, securing it with a diving stop of a late Osman Chavez free kick.

CHAPINES GET THROUGH: Guatemala needed a three-goal victory to secure an elite-eight berth, and they were on their way early in the second half when Philadelphia Union striker Carlos Ruiz -- the former Galaxy star -- knocked home the rebound for a 3-0 edge after Jairo Arreola hit the crossbar. Carlos Gallardo's strike five minutes later provided needed insurance.

The victory sent the Chapines ahead of El Salvador, Group A's third-place team, on goal difference after both finished group play with 1-1-1 records. There's room in the knockout round for one more third-place team; Canada is third in Group C but would finish behind the Salvadorans if they draw Tuesday with Panama and finish third. If the U.S. ties Guadeloupe and finishes third, it would nab the berth.

Guatemala will face Mexico if El Salvador advances and the Group C winner if Group C's third-place team pushes through.

Grenada is certain to finish last -- its minus-15 goal difference just pips Cuba's minus-14 -- and in two Gold Cups has been outscored, 25-1.

DAY 10 HIGHLIGHT: So much intrigue, all because of the U.S. collapse against Panama. Among the possibilities: Three teams with six points, the U.S. winning the group or going home (hey, wait, they are home), Canada finishing anywhere from first to third, Honduras finishing anywhere from first to third, Guadeloupe sneaking in ahead of the U.S. When these games end, the knockout bracket will be set.
  • THE GAMES

MONDAY
Group B (at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.)

Guatemala 4 (Del Aguila 16, Pappa 22, Ruiz 54, Gallardo 59), Grenada 0
Jamaica 1 (R. Johnson 36), Honduras 0
Att.: 25,000

TUESDAY
Group C (at Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.)
Canada vs. Panama, 4 p.m. TV: Galavision
United States vs. Guadeloupe, 6 p.m. TV: Fox Soccer Channel and TeleFutura (KFTR/Channel 46)
  • THE STANDINGS

GROUP A
x-Mexico 3-0-0 (14-1) 9
x-Costa Rica 1-1-1 (7-5) 4
El Salvador 1-1-1 (7-7) 4
Cuba 0-3-0 (1-16) 0

GROUP B
x-Jamaica 3-0-0 (7-0) 9
x-Honduras 1-1-1 (7-2) 4
x-Guatemala 1-1-1 (4-2) 4
Grenada 0-3-0 (1-15) 0

GROUP C
x-Panama 2-0-0 (5-3) 6
United States 1-1-0 (3-2) 3
Canada 1-1-0 (1-2) 3
Guadeloupe 0-2-0 (2-4) 0

THIRD-PLACE TEAMS
x-Guatemala 1-1-1 (4-2) 4
El Salvador 1-1-1 (7-7) 4
Canada 1-1-0 (1-2) 3

x -- advances to quarterfinals
Two top third-place teams advance to quarterfinals
Key: W-L-T (Goals for-against) Points





  • LOOKING AHEAD

QUARTERFINALS
June 18 at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.:
Costa Rica vs. Honduras and Mexico vs. C3/Guatemala, 2 and 5 p.m.
June 19 at RFK Stadium, Washington: Jamaica vs. C2, C1 vs. El Salvador/Guatemala, noon and 3 p.m.

SEMIFINALS
June 22 at Reliant Stadium, Houston:
East Rutherford winners and Washington winners, 4 and 7 p.m.

FINAL
June 25 at Rose Bowl, Pasadena:
Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

All times Pacific

  • LEADING SCORERS

1. Javier Hernandez (Mexico) 5
2. Carlo Costly (Honduras) 3
Rodolfo Zelaya (El Salvador) 3
4. Jerry Bengtson (Honduras) 2
Aldo de Nigris (Mexico) 2
Giovani Dos Santos (Mexico) 2
Gabriel Gomez (Panama) 2
Andres Guardado (Mexico) 2
Ryan Johnson (Jamaica) 2
Brice Jovial (Guadeloupe) 2
Demar Phillips (Jamaica) 2
Luis Tejada (Panama) 2
Marco Ureņa (Costa Rica) 2

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