Bittersweet Gold Cup - Whitmore

July 28, 2017
Whitmore

Jamaica's national senior football team head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore lauded the Reggae Boyz for having a great CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in the United States of America.

The Jamaicans went down 2-1 to the USA in the final on Wednesday evening at the Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, California.

"It's a bittersweet tournament. It was only what happened in the end, but we just have to give The Father thanks. It was a great tournament for us, great experience," Whitmore told journalists during a post-match press conference.

"The players showed commitment, they showed heart, they were disciplined, only unfortunate not to walk away with the Gold Cup. I laud the performance of the team, technical staff and everyone who were involved," he said.

In the final, USA lead 1-0 courtesy of a goal by Jozy Altidore in the 45th minute, then Jamaica equalised when Je-Vaughn Watson netted in the 50th minute. Jordan Morris scored the winner for the Americans in the 88th minute.

 

Disadvantage

 

Looking back at the game, Whitmore said a bit of fatigue came in and the US was well rested.

"We went behind, found the equaliser and they got a late winner. The overall performance of the team, you could see a bit of fatigue. Not to find any fault, but US had more rest time than us," he said.

"They (USA) brought in six fresh legs (during the knockout stage). We were really at a disadvantage. Seventy to 75 minutes into the game, players started to get cramps, that is why I took out Ladale Ritchie - he was even on a yellow card. Overall, a great performance," Whitmore emphasised.

Whitmore's agreement with the Jamaica Football Federation ended at the Gold Cup, and he said that it is up to the Federation to make a decision.

"My agreement with the Federation ended at the Gold Cup, so it is up to the Federation as to where we go from here," he concluded.

Jamaica will next focus on engaging Canada in a friendly international at the BMO Stadium in Toronto in September.

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