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Mexico Wins 7th Gold Cup, Will Face USA in Playoff for Confederation's Cup Berth

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Mexico's 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final sets up another big rivalry match with the United States for a spot in the 2017 Confederation's Cup.

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Mexico has reclaimed the region's championship thanks to a 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the 2015 Gold Cup final from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Golden Ball winner Andres Guardado opened the scoring in the first half before Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta capitalized on miscues inside the Jamaica penalty area in the second half to build a 3-0 lead. Substitute Darren Mattocks pulled one back for Jamaica in the 80th minute but that was as close as Jamaica would get.

Guardado's open followed a dominant spell and wonderful build-up as Paul Aguilar sent in a cross that the Mexico striker finished from the center of the area. Corona and Peralta in the second half scored similar goals in the second half with Corona creating a turnover in his attacking half and going unassisted for Mexico's second while Peralta finished an unlucky touch off of Michael Hector near the six yard box past a helpless Ryan Thompson in the Jamaica goal. Mattocks clawed one back with a strike from the left side of the area to break up Guillermo Ochoa's shutout.

Jamaica's run in the Gold Cup was the best tournament run for a Caribbean side ever in the modern era as they were the first finalist ever from the sub-region. Mexico claimed their 7th title and first since 2013 and now face the United States in a playoff for the CONCACAF berth in the 2017 Confederation's Cup in Russia. Keeper Brad Guzan claimed the Golden Glove award as the best keeper and striker Clint Dempsey was the tournament's top scorer and Golden Boot winner.

The CONCACAF playoff match is reportedly set for October 9th at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA and it will not be an aggregate series but a one-off match.