For a decade and a half, the U.S. and Mexico have been the region’s unchallenged soccer powers.
The Americans have won the last three World Cup-qualifying tournaments, a competition Mexico leads this year. Mexico has won three of the last four Gold Cups, beating the U.S. in the final twice.
But that exclusive club is expanding. Because when Jamaica’s Kemar Lawrence scored in the 88th minute of Sunday’s Gold Cup semifinal at the Rose Bowl, it not only knocked Mexico out of the competition, 1-0, it served noticed that the tiny Caribbean nation is beginning to elbow its way into the conversation.
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