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Javier Hernandez and soccer gods benefit Mexico 

Javier Hernandez and soccer gods benefit Mexico 

Mexico can win the Copa America Centenario. 

No, scratch that.

Mexico should win the Copa America Centenario.

Striker Javier Hernandez is in form and has the right players around him. Fans are behind the team. And if that isn’t enough, well, let’s just say the soccer gods have been extremely generous to Mexico recently in its adopted homeland.

The latest gifts from the heavens came Thursday in a 2-0 victory over Jamaica at the Rose Bowl that secured El Tri’s passage to the tournament quarterfinals.

Twice, refereree Wilton Sampaio could have whistled a penalty kick for Jamaica. Twice, Mexico wasn’t punished.