Mexico, Jamaica play to scoreless draw — Gold Cup

But on Thursday night in Denver, during Mexico's unimaginative 0-0 stalemate against Jamaica, Osorio (who wasn't on the bench as he was serving the second of his six-match suspension) and his coaching staff failed to imitate the one thing Fergie was known for: when the match is in need of a spark, produce it yourself.

While Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore made no secret of the fact that Jamaica's game plan was to play on the counterattack, he lamented his side's inability to launch attacks with any kind of pace. "I sweated more in the warm-ups than in the 90 minutes of the game", Munoz said after the game.

"He's in a rhythm from his games with the Dynamo", said Paez.

But forget Osorio, these are players who hope to be part of a squad fighting for a spot in Russia, so part of the solution on how to beat defensive-minded teams must come from them.

It was a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup final, but this time Jamaica was able to force at least a draw thanks to its extremely conservative play. "It was very hard for us to find him, they closed the space".

Yet despite outshooting and out-possessing the Reggae Boyz, Mexico was unable to unlock a Jamaica defense that often had 10 players behind the ball, including Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, who also shined with two saves in a clean sheet effort.

Nonetheless, it likely won't be the last view of "Cubo" Torres in this year's Gold Cup, or in future Mexico fixtures. "We definitely have to get a goal because we want to advance as the first-place team".

If that's the case then the advice is simple: Trust your team and go forward without hesitation.

One of the more unimpressive players was the striker, Angel Sepulveda, who did not show up at all in the encounter.

Mexico got close to scoring again in the 38th minute with a header by Molina. Sunday's group finale against Curacao should offer the opportunity to do just that.

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