The Reggae Boyz Lead Group B in CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011, after two impressive wins

Now the questions at hand are: Can they keep it up? Can they be the first Caribbean nation in history to take home the coveted Gold Cup Trophy for 2011?

L to R: Ryan Johnson, Miller Lite Man of the Match, Jamaican Head Coach Theodore Whitmore, Jamaica vs. Grenada Gold Cup 2011 match @ The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. (Post-game press conference).

The CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011 Tournament heats up and the separation of showing which team is up to task or will fade away in the gladiatorial points elimination process.

On June 10th, The Jamaican National team aka the “Reggae Boyz” defeated the Guatemala squad 2:0 at Florida International University, FIU.

Jamaica is now leading in Group B with two wins resulting in 6 points, followed by Honduras with 4 points, Guatemala 1-point and Grenada-0.

This is the 2010 Caribbean Champions second impressive shut out win in the quest for gold in the Gold Cup 2011 tournament.

Now the questions at hand are:  Can they keep it up? Can they become the first Caribbean nation in history to take home the coveted Gold Cup 2011 Trophy?

It’s very early in the competition to be asking these questions without facing tough opponents like USA or Mexico, but the Reggae Boyz look very impressive on the pitch so far and may even be seen in the final which is scheduled to take place in Pasadena, California on June 25th.

The Reggae Boyz had an impressive opening game at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on Monday, June 6th with a 4-0 win against Grenada. It was the Jamaican Reggae Boyz “A-Team” going up against Grenada Spice Boyz “B-Team”.  Most of the game, the Spice Boyz spent their time on the pitch defending and chasing the ball. The Jamaicans had more possession of the ball (68% vs. 32%) within the 90 minutes play, eventually proving to be the better of the two Caribbean teams.

At the 45 minutes recess, the Reggae Boyz had 2:0 goals up on the scoreboard and a better half.

The second half was no different as the Spice Boyz tried to make up for the first half but had to settle for their first scoreless defeat in the tournament.

Grenada’s Craig Rocastle who currently plays with Sporting Kansas City in Major League Soccer (MLS), was taken off the pitch in the 46 minute due to a collision with a Reggae Boyz defender. This certainly didn’t make it any better for the Caribbean team, who already missed one of their best player, Shalrie Joseph (MLS skipper) of New England Revolution, as their confidence and hope of winning diminish with time.

The Reggae Boyz out played their opponent resulting in 23 goal attacks on the Spice Boyz who manage to squeeze off only 2 counter attacks within the entire game. This wasn’t their best performance as they are still gelling as a team according to Jamaican head coach–manager Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore, who wasn’t fully pleased with the final outcome.

Hinting they could have score more goals.

The Jamaican scorers are #21 Lutan Shelton (21 minute), #9 Ryan Johnson (39 minute), #12 Demar Phillips (79 minute) and the final goal by #16 Omar Daley (84 minute).

The last of the June 6th double header match were between Honduras and Guatemala. Honduras was the favorite going into the game. It was a much faster pace game than the earlier match with Jamaica and Grenada. The Hondurans showed better performance on the pitch with numerous chances on the Guatemala’s goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez, who earned notice for his air saves and sharpness during the game.

By the 79th minute the Guatemalans found themselves with 9 men on the pitch playing against a full 11 men Honduras squad. #6 Gustavo Cabrera, was ejected in the 61st minute #2 Henry Medina in the 79th minute.

Both Guatemalan players were issued yellow cards prior before getting their red card expulsion from the game. Honduran #13 Carlo Costly picked up his yellow card in the 74th minute.

At no time within their 90th of play did the Guatemalans tested the Honduras goal keeper. Honduras made 16 goal attacks, while Guatemala made 11.

In front of 21, 507 attendance, the Honduras-Guatemala game ended with a scoreless draw giving both teams one-point each going into thee second-leg of CONCACAF play in Florida.

On June 10th, Honduras defeated the Grenada Spice Boyz 7 goals to 1 in Florida gaining their first three-point win in the tournament. While Guatemala suffered their first loss against Jamaica.

The next match for Group B will be on June 13th, at the Red Bulls Arena in New Jersey.
Guatemala will take on Grenada at 7 p.m. EST, followed by the two champions (Jamaica vs. Honduras) who will face off in the last leg of the Group B.

The 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup Champions (Jamaica) will take on the 2011 Copa Centroamericana Champions (Honduras) at 9 p.m. EST.

General Game Stats – Jamaica vs. Grenada

Monday, June 6, 2011

Carson, California

Jamaica Grenada 

 

Shots on Goal

 

 

 

10

 

0

Shots Wide 7 1
Fouls 10 9
Corner Kicks 8 1
Offsides 4 0
Possession 68% 32%

General Game Stats – Jamaica vs. Guatemala

Friday, June 10, 2011

Miami, Florida

Jamaica Guatemala 

 

Shots on Goal

 

 

 

5

 

2

Shots Wide 5 3
Fouls 10 9
Corner Kicks 7 6
Offsides 1 1
Possession 64% 36%

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