Gold Cup Nightly: Matchday 3, Group A
Tonight, I recalled that covering a match from the press box makes the time to write post match analysis shorter than when you watch at home from TV. The time normally spent at home typing and looking up stats instead becomes a frantic scramble for post game interviews and press conferences. Also my pledge to tweet every important moment from the press box took away alot of my best analysis. You can read all my tweets from during the game at Twitter.com/kkfla737 .
Jamaica 1-0 El Salvador
Omar Cummings goal gave the Reggae Boyz a chance of advancement into the next stage of the tournament and eliminated El Salavdor. The action was so frantic in the last few minutes, I left the comfort of the press area to venture into what was a frenzied and surprisingly good sized crowd despite ominous looking weather. What ensued after I, and two other reporters entered the actual stands was unreal. Chance after chance both ways with great saves, and outstanding open football. Two desperate teams looking for a goal. Up until the final whistle the electric atmosphere and back and forth football turned what has been a dour first 60 minutes into an unforgettable game of football.
After the match I caught up with Omar Cummings, of the Colorado Rapids and Jamaica. Here that interview, early next week on the MLS Talk Podcast.
Canada 2-2 Costa Rica
An enthralling game which you can read all my tweets from the FIU Stadium Pressbox at twitter.com/kkfla737
Walter Centano one of the legends of CONCACVAF continued his brilliance tonight with a beautiful free kick goal and some wonderful play in midfield. Canada’s team which swapped several regulars for backups was also sharp and resilient.
Canada wins group A. In the postmatch press conference, Coach Stephen Hart indicated he was proud of his teams play but injuries forced him to make some substitutions he did not want to make. The Canadians do however now have six days off until the Quarterfinals. Coach Hart was most animated about the Artificial Turf at FIU Stadium and how it affected the game tonight.