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CONCACAF Roundup: Jamaica Blows Out Grenada, Honduras & Guatemala Bore Crowd


Last night, the City of Los Angeles (Carson, California to be precise) was fortunate enough to watch Jamaica overwhelm fellow Caribbean island Grenada by a score of 4-0. Then, after a one-sided game, they were treated to a rather dull nil-nil match from neighboring Central American countries Honduras and Guatemala.

The first match of the double-header saw the Reggae Boyz (not our nickname, by the way) pound on the smaller island. Luton Shelton, striker for Norwegian club Valerenga, notched the first goal in the 21st minute. Eigtheen minutes later (39′), Ryan Johnson made it 2-0. Jamaica would carry the 2-0 lead well into the second half, when in the 78th minute, Demar Phillips made it 3-0. Finally, in the 83rd minute, Keammar Daley, the 23-year-old midfielder who plays for local club Tivoli Gardens, hammered the final nail in the coffin of the never-should’ve-been-there-in-the-first place Grenada with a lob assist from teammate Je-Vaughn Watson.

Unfortunately, the crowd who trekked out all the way to the Home Depot Center would have to settle for the four Jamaican goals. The Honduran and Guatemalan squads ended the Gold Cup scoring frenzy from the three previous matches. Honduras was unable to capitalize on the fact that they had two more players than their Central American counterparts due to two red cards.They had four total shots on target (three more than Guatemala), but were unable to break the game open.

With two matches to go and firmly atop of Group B, Jamaica has positioned itself to at least make it to the quarterfinals.

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