Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gold Cup Soccer: Jamaica Scores Early, Holds on to Beat Canada

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Gold Cup Soccer: Jamaica Scores Early, Holds on to Beat Canada

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Jamaica got an early goal from Shaun Francis and led the rest of the way, holding off Canada 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday night in Glendale, Ariz.

Romario Williams put Jamaica up 2-0 five minutes into the second half. Canada's David Junior Hoilett scored on a shot from well beyond the penalty area in the 61st minute.

In the semifinals Sunday at the Rose Bowl, Jamaica will face the winner of the second game late Thursday night between Mexico and Honduras. Mexico beat Jamaica 3-1 in the Gold Cup championship match two years ago.

"In 2015 we had a more experienced team," Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said. "This team is a more mixture of young and we're in a rebuilding process. They were hungry tonight for the victory. …

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