On Monday, the first two CONCACAF Gold Cup matches in Orlando featured spectacular goals, red cards and milestones between Jamaica, Suriname, Costa Rica and Guadeloupe.
In the first match, Jamaica took down Suriname 2-0, while Costa Rica got their first win since 2019, taking down Guadeloupe 3-1.
Jamaica win match 2-0 over Suriname
In Suriname’s first ever Gold Cup, the South American nation were tested by one of the Group C favorites in Jamaica. A sixth minute goal by Shamar Nicholson and a 26th minute wondergoal by Bobby Reid led the way for the Reggae Boyz as they got their first win and clean sheet of the tournament.
Costa Rica win first match under new coach against Guadeloupe
In their first match under new manager Luis Fernando Suarez, the Ticos took an early lead and never looked back. A 6th minute blunder by Guadeloupe keeper Yohann Thuram gifted Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell the first goal of the match. Ari Lassiter, son of former MLS and USMNT player Roy Lassiter, notched his first national team goal as the Houston Dynamo forward doubled the lead for Costa Rica.
Guadeloupe would score just before halftime through Leonel Moreira to make things interesting at 2-1, but a red card to Steve Solvet in the 54th minute set Guadeloupe back. Costa Rica would seal the game in the 70th minute with a goal from Celso Borges, making the match 3-1 which would hold to the final whistle.
The next two matches which will take place on Friday, July 16 will be Guadeloupe taking on Jamaica at 6:30 p.m., then Costa Rica and Suriname at 9 p.m. Both games will be on Fox Sports 1.
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