Both teams looked rather composed on the ball early on, however neither team had a good look at goal until well into the match. Both teams defenses stood firm, making critical interceptions and tackles to keep the match a stalemate.
Mexico had the first good chance of the match when Houston Dynamo forward Cubo Torres’ header caught Andre Blake going the wrong way, but it hit the far post and bounced out in the 24th minute.
Houston fans would have a bit of a scare when Cubo went down with an injury to his hand, however he was able to return to play moments later. Philadelphia Union fans would get a bit of a scare of their own when Andre Blake landed a bit awkwardly after going up to collect a ball and colliding with Hugo Ayala. He would get up though and play would continue.
The play was very physical, with both sides picking up fouls on heavy challenges. Kevon Lambert would get the game’s first yellow card of the game in the 31st minute.
Mexico had another great chance when off of a set piece Jesus Molina’s header caught Andre Blake off balance and out. Luckily Jermaine Taylor was playing the post and headed the ball safely out of play.
Neither team played their best in the first half, and hte second half started out much the same. Andre Blake was called upon to make one of his trademark acrobatic saves
Jamaica had their requests for a penalty denied when Darren Mattocks appeared to be fouled in the box when his feet were clipped by Hugo Ayala.
As the game went on, the play opened up as well. Both sides started to move the ball much more freely into the opposing final third, but neither team was able to create and convert a chance.
Bethlehem Steel FC’s Cory Burke was stretchered off in the 87th minute. It looked like he had taken a finger to the eye but was holding his neck on the stretcher ride over.
The match ended amid boos from the mostly pro-Mexican crowd disappointed at their team’s inability to get a good result. Jamaica played not to lose, and did just that.
Jamaica will face off against El Salvador while Mexico faces Curacao in the final Group C match of the first round on Saturday.
Mexico: Moises Munoz; Jesus Gallardo, Hedgardo Marin, Hugo Ayala, Edson Alvarez; Jesus Molina; Rodolfo Pizarro (Cesar Montes, 46’), Jesus Duenas (Martin Barragan, 67’); Orbelin Pineda, Elias Hernandez (Erick Gutierrez, 75’), Erick Torres
Jamaica: Andre Blake; Kemar Lawrence, Damion Lowe, Jermaine Taylor, Alvas Powell; Michael Binns (Ewan Grandison, 75’), Kevon Lambert, Je-Vaughn Watson, Oniel Fisher; Cory Burke (Owayne Gordon 88’), Darren Mattocks
Scoring: Mexico - None; Jamaica - None
Disciplinary: Mexico - None; Jamaica - Kevon Lambert (Yellow - 31’), Andre Blake (Yellow - 56’), Michael Binns (Yellow - 63’)