CONCACAF GOLD CUP FINAL
In a year full of great moments, Fan-I Sports has hit yet another pinnacle. James Sneed once again represented the Fan-I Gang, this time on the field at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals. If you are new to “Money Shot Sneed” artistry, go take a look at his previous work from the Gold Cup Quarterfinals.
Mexico won their 7th Gold Cup, a CONCACAF record, defeating Jamaica 3-1 in front of more than 68,000 fans.
Jamaica came out gunning early, creating numerous oppurtunities to score, but nothing came out of it. For the first 20 minutes of the game, Jamaica was the agressor, leaving Mexico no choice to but to weather the storm. After a beautiful give-n-go by Jamaica created a wide open alley and cross oppurtunity, Miguel Herrera calmly gestured to his Mexico squad to calm down, and that they did.
Once Mexico slowed the game down and took control of the pitch, they began their attack. Captain, Andres Guardado, scored Mexico's first goal in the 31st minute, which sent the Mexico faithful into a frenzy. The atmosphere in this game, which you can see in James Sneed's Photos, was wilder than any event I have ever attended.
On the field, players were very chippy, a total of 3 yellow cards were issued in the first half, while in the stands, Jamaica and Mexico fans passionately rooted for their squad.
Mexico fans cheered so passionatley that after every goal, they threw their beverages in the air, showering anyone that was near them.
Mexico will now face U.S Men's National Team this October, in a 1-game playoff to determine who will represent the CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederation Cup. The game is expected to be played on U.S soil inside the prestigious Rose Bowl which can hold 100,000. At the Gold Cup Final, the Mexico's fans out-numbered Jamiaca 3-to-1 and I expect the same come October.
Unfortunately, Mexico will be without their leader, Herrera, who was fired Tuesday after a altercation he had with a Mexican journalist Monday night. Herrera was hired to be coach of the Mexican National Team in 2013 and led them to the country's best finish in the 2014 World Cup since 1986.
The reporter who Herrera alledgely punched, was a major critic of the coach, and according to other outlets, fans were also critical of Herrera because of the team's performance. When Herrera walked into Lincoln Financial Stadium though, the fans gave him a great ovation, so I don't understand those claims.
It will be intersting to see how the team will move on after such a drastic change less than 24 hours after winning a major title.