In what has been a very hard fought and entertaining Gold Cup 2015, the quarterfinals of the competition delivered another round of heart stopping action, and a clear favorite emerged. It all started Saturday in Baltimore, with Clint Dempsey leading the United States of America to a resounding victory over Cuba.
The Americans put a 6 goal thrashing on the team which has now suffered 4 player defections, and was a long shot to even give the USA a rough time. Even before the match with Cuba, USMNT Head Coach Jurgen Klinsman declared:
We are clearly the team to beat.
In the second game of the day, Jamaica squeezed passed Haiti with a 1-0 gritty victory.
The Sunday games saw tournament surprise, Trinidad and Tobago square off against Panama. In what was probably one of the most hard fought games of the tournament so far, Panama came away with the victory via a penalty shoot-out.
However, all of the headlines will be on Mexico’s controversial victory over Costa Rica. As both CONCACAF and FIFA continue to face corruption questions, and be under massive fire for match fixing, bribery and money laundering, the referee was clearly favoring the Mexican team.
Mexico won the game via a cheap penalty kick awarded in the final minute of stoppage time in the final period before the penalty shootout. As an avid soccer fan and expert, I can assure you, this was no foul. This play is the reason soccer players are accused of diving by people who are not fans of the sport.
— Papi Jay (@JuVeNiLeJF) July 20, 2015
Keeping Mexico in the tournament OBVIOUSLY boosts CONCACAF’s profit margin. So one has to wonder, Was the referee Walter Lopez, from Guatemala given instructions to help Mexico? Was he paid? Sure appeared that way.
Twitter exploded minutes after the match with corruption theories:
— Isaac ⚓️ (@isaacvandamme) July 20, 2015