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MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM
Mexico’s hopes of defending their Gold Cup title are gone, and all it took was one free kick.Mexico and Jamaica spent 88 minutes of their semifinal in a 0-0 deadlock, until Reggae Boyz and New York Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence stunned the Gold Cup giants with an incredible free kick.
Two minutes were not enough for Mexico to answer and Jamaica ended the match on top 1-0. Though Mexico fans are quick to remind that it was not their strongest team competing, but surely fans still expected a relatively easy walk to their 6th-straight final appearance — if not the title.It is also the first time that Jamaica has beaten Mexico out of their 8 Gold Cup matchups — the last of which was Jamaica’s 3-1 loss to Mexico in the 2015 Gold Cup final — and marks the first time that a team not named the U.S. or Mexico has reached consecutive Gold Cup finals. Only one more match stands in the way of Jamaica taking home their first Gold Cup trophy, as well as being the first team not named the U.S. or Mexico to win it since 2002.
The LA Galaxy’s 4-3 loss to New England this Saturday was yet another close-but-no-cigar result for the historic MLS club, who have lost 6 straight MLS matches and seven total of their last eight — with five of those league losses being by only a one-goal margin. The outlier, of course, was their 6-2 whopping by Real Salt Lake on July 4.Though their losing streak dates back to the end of June, it means that the Galaxy have lost every single game they’ve played so far in July. That includes four in MLS, one in the Open Cup Round of 16, and one friendly against Manchester United.Somehow they are not the worst team in the West, though, with both Colorado and Minnesota United sitting underneath them in the table. However that might not be so much of a consolation prize as they’re still five points off the Western Conference red line.But hey, if Seattle turned their season around as they did last year, the Galaxy can still have hope. Maybe.
ICELAND and ITALY WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAMS
Iceland and Italy became the first two teams mathematically eliminated from the Women’s Euros over the weekend. Iceland’s 2-1 loss to Switzerland on Saturday meant that they needed France to beat Austria — which, considering France hadn’t lost in 2017 yet, didn’t seem like too tall a task. But Austria actually fought to get a 1-1 draw in one of the bigger upsets of the group stage so far.Italy almost had a result against defending champions Germany after equalizing, but Germany went back in front on what turned out to be a game-winning penalty. Scotland and Norway won’t be far behind, as they’re both hanging on by a thread. England beating Spain 2-0 kept Scotland in — and it was the least England could do for Scotland, after smashing them 6-0 – but Scotland would also have to beat Spain by two goals as well as count on England for another result against Portugal, in order to go into the top two on goal difference; Norway, on the other hand, have to beat Denmark after two shock losses. While Iceland, Italy, and Scotland might not have been billed to go far, it would certainly be interesting to see two-time winner and 2014 runner-up Norway go out in the group with no wins.
Liga MX is back with a bang.Tigres, who finished 7th in the Clausura, beat last-placed Puebla 5-0 in the opening Apertura weekend. No long-term analysis can be made from the result — except maybe that Puebla will stay safely in the bottom half of the table — but it’s certainly not the foot anyone will have wanted to start off on. Only 16 more games to go!