On Tuesday, June 4, the Mexican National Team took a trip to Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica—a venue affectionately referred to as “The Office” by supporters of the Reggae Boyz—and took the full three points with a 1-0 victory. The win could hardly be argued as dominant, but at this stage in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, style points are about as important as possession figures.
The win was Mexico’s first in the Hexagonal and temporarily vaulted the heavily-favored side to the top of the standings. Yet the match which was defined by one well-timed header by Aldo De Nigris in the 48th minute and a slew of missed Jamaican opportunities strewn throughout likely produced mixed feelings among supporters of the United States Men’s National Team.
Mexico’s win at Jamaica was a GOOD thing for the USMNT
Reason Number One: Predictability. A good Mexico is expected. A dominant Mexico is nothing shocking and can be planned for. What throws a wrench into the gears of qualifying is an upstart Jamaica side which is playing with confidence late into the Hexagonal and battling for one of the top three spots.
Reason Number Two: Jamaica’s confidence is low. Very, very low. The Reggae Boyz have scored just one goal through four matches of the final round of World Cup qualifying and have only picked up two points.
Reason Number Three: The United States could all but put the final nail in the coffin on Friday. Yes, it’s still early in that Friday’s match will mark the midway point of qualifying for Jamaica. Yet if the United States could pull off the road victory, three points would go a long way towards eliminating the Reggae Boyz, who will play three of their final five matches away from home (at Honduras, at Panama, at United States).
Mexico’s win at Jamaica was a BAD thing for the USMNT
Reason Number One: The Reggae Boyz’ backs are up against it now. Friday’s match against the United States becomes a must-win, and they know it. Not only do they know it, but they very recently have done it, defeating the Yanks last round in Kingston on September 7. You never want to face a cornered team with much on the line, let alone if that team has proven it can beat you.
Reason Number Two: The United States is currently on the outside looking in. A draw may have suited the Yanks best, but Mexico’s win has the U.S. currently sitting in fourth place in the Hex, meaning it would be destined for the challenging home-and-home, half-a-world-away two-legged fixture with New Zealand, the winner of the Oceania qualifiers.
Reason Number Three: It was a win for Mexico. We don’t like when Mexico wins.
What do you think? Was Mexico’s win at Jamaica on Tuesday a good thing or a bad thing for the United States?