Mexico beat Honduras to earn semifinal date with Jamaica in Gold Cup

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio waits for the kick-off of the Confederations Cup third place soccer match between Portugal and Mexico in Moscow Russia. Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has been effectively banned

"We knew we had to be organised and patient defensively and we did that", said Blake. For teams like Jamaica, Gold Cup success is the best they're going to accomplish.

Canada won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

After Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake produced a masterclass to thwart Mexico throughout in Pasadena, California, Lawrence stepped up and curled a set-piece past Jose Corona. But the Reggae Boyz appear to be hitting their stride at the right time and are once again in the semifinals, where two years ago they knocked off the United States on the way to the final. He chose a youthful group for this tournament to build Mexico's base of experience for next year's World Cup and the years ahead. "It has been very hard, very frustrating". We want to have more players competing for a spot that can help us.

For the second straight tournament, Jamaica are headed to the final of the Gold Cup after knocking off Mexico, the side which beat them in the 2015 final, in the 2017 semifinal on Sunday.

Mexico's situation this summer was different from that of any other team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, as they also had to account for their participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation. Mexico's ability to have so many different players create offense and score goals will make them hard for Jamaica to defend. The ban was assessed for Osorio's "abuse of match officials" during the third-place game in the Confederations Cup earlier this summer. If Jamaica is going to defeat Mexico they need to score an early goal. A young star was born, the team started to forge a new identity, and - for once - a tournament ended with the feeling that there is much to build on for a Canadian program that has historically had very little to hang its hopes on.

And Blake was at it again in the 24th minute, denying a Torres header from close range after the Houston Dynamo striker was set up with a ideal ball in from Elías Hernández. Mexico is the team I put my bets on with no second thoughts.

Jamaica is without attacking powers Wes Morgan and Giles Barnes. It is her bookmakers who are considered the favorite of the semifinals.

The Canadian men's soccer squad dropped a 2-1 decision against Jamaica in the tournament quarter-finals.

Kemar Lawrence, one of nine current or former MLS players in the starting lineup, broke a scoreless deadlock when he scored on a bending free kick, leaving El Tri keeper Jesus Corona motionless, in the 88th minute.

"We try to be mean in conceding goals, and that's been working for us", Whitmore said.