Kamar Lawrence’s 88th-minute free kick sent Jamaica to a 1-0 upset over reigning champion Mexico on Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals at the Rose Bowl, setting up a championship showdown with the United States and sabotaging a widely expected U.S.-Mexico final.
The Americans and Reggae Boyz will collide Wednesday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Kickoff is around 9:30 p.m. ET on FS1, Univision, Univision Deportes, Fox Sports Go, Fox Sports Match Pass, Univision Now, Univision Deportes en Vivo, fuboTV and univisiondeportes.com.
This marks the third consecutive time one of the favorites, the United States and Mexico, failed to reach the final. In 2013, the Americans defeated Panama. In 2015, Mexico upended Jamaica. Despite a record number of Gold Cup titles (seven), El Tri has missed the final in two of the past three tournaments.
Jamaica is seeking its first regional crown and aiming to become the second team other than Mexico or the United States to raise the trophy since the competition began in 1991 (Canada won in 2000).
The semifinal at the Rose Bowl drew 42,393, an alarmingly small crowd given Mexico’s wild popularity in Southern California. The U.S.-Costa Rica semifinal in the Dallas area attracted more than 45,000 a day earlier.
Mexico completed a busy seven weeks with …
a home victory against Honduras and home draw with the United States in World Cup qualifiers.
two victories and a draw in the group stage of the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia before a 4-1 defeat to Germany in the semifinals.
an underwhelming display in going 2-0-1 in the group stage of the Gold Cup and a quarterfinal victory over Honduras before the defeat to Jamaica. After scoring three goals in the group opener against El Salvador, El Tri recorded three goals in the next four matches.
There is no third-place match, so Mexico will share consolation honors with Costa Rica.