David Guzman, Gold Cup, 7.14.17
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Gold Cup | Guzmán assist helps Costa Rica draw Canada; Powell and Mattocks help Jamaica hold Mexico scoreless

Portland Timbers Midfielder David Guzmán snagged an assist on a beautiful set piece corner kick, headed in by a leaping Francisco Calvo in Costa Rica’s 1-1 draw with Canada during Tuesday night’s match in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

With a win, either team could have secured firm control of Group A, but instead, the two leaders split the points with Canada now sitting in first thanks to a larger tally of goals scored thus far.

  Pts G W L D GF GA GD
Canada 4 2 1 0 1 5 3 +2
Costa Rica 4 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1
Honduras 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1
French Guiana 1 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2

Guzmán played a solid 61 minutes and nearly put the Ticos ahead in first-half stoppage time, but his one-timer at the top of the 18’ was deflected away by Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan.

Jamaica also had a strong performance against a tough opponent in Mexico on Thursday night, who has been favored to win Group C. The rematch between the 2015 Gold Cup finalists ended in a 0-0 draw, despite El Tri putting 14 shots on target to the Reggae Boyz's five.

Timbers players Alvas Powell and Darren Mattocks both started the game, with Powell going the full 90 and Mattocks being subbed out in second half stoppage time.

Mexico and Jamaica sit atop Group C with 4 points each, with Mexico holding a slight advantage due to their goal total.

  Pts G W L D GF GA GD
Mexico 4 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
Jamaica 4 2 1 0 1 2 0 +2
El Salvador 3 2 1 1 0 3 3 0
Curaçao 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 -4

Jamaica plays their final game of the group stage against El Salvador on July 16 (2pm PT, FS2 & Univision Deportes; TSN GO) and Costa Rica will take on French Guiana at 4:30pm PT Friday (FS1 & UniMas; TSN GO).

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