AUSTIN’S YELLOW CARD Awards PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: THE CONFETTI, the fireworks moment was not the one they had hoped for, with their players not on the podium. Jamaica’s dream of a historic CONCACAF Gold Cup turned into a nightmare at Lincoln Financial Field last night as its much-vaunted defence caved in for a 3-1 loss against Mexico in the 13th final of the Confederation championship. Mexico took the lead at the 31st minute when Andrés Guardado sent a powerful shot past goalkeeper Ryan Thompson into the roof of the Jamaican net. Things went from bad to worse early in the second half as horrendous defensive blunders by centre half Michael Hector led to goals from Jesus Corona at the 47th and Oribe Peralta, with 61 minutes on the clock. By then, the game was as good as over. However, Darren Mattocks, a goal hero in Jamaica’s landmark 2-1 win over the United States, came up trumps for the second game running by scoring at the 80th minute to hand the Reggae Boyz a consolation goal. Mexico were lifting an unprecedented seventh title. The United States (five) and Canada (one) are the other tournament winners. Mexico won two other awards as Guardado took the tournament MVP and Corona the Bright Future Award. Jamaica, though, did not go away empty handed as they lifted the Fair Play Trophy. Coached by German Winfried Schäfer, Jamaica had beaten the Americans 2-1 in the semi-finals to notch several firsts on their way to the final. Without creating an open shooting chance, the Reggae Boyz had a few near misses with balls played across goal inside the first half. The chances, three of them, came literally seconds apart between the eighth and ninth minutes when Simon Dawkins barely missed a free kick whipped in by Rodolph Austin. Then Dawkins again failed to get a boot to a cross from Giles Barnes. Within seconds, Garath McCleary cut back a ball that flew among several players in front of the Mexican goal. Then in the 14th minute, McCleary crossed to Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff at the back post. The latter aimed a headed pass at Adrian Mariappa, but the overlapping wingback was just offside. That was one of several decent build-ups by the Jamaicans, who pressed Mexico deep to gain an advantage in ball possession and looked more dangerous up to the 15th minute. Mexico started using the width and more long passes to make room. It gave them time to build their game with swift inter-changing and snappy passes. First, they were able to ease the pressure then started coming forward more. By the 28th minute, they had three good looks on goal, with Corona having a header saved, then chipping a shot over the bar. Jesus Duenas also had a shot charged down. Then came the opening goal. Following a miscued goal kick, Rodolph Austin picked up a yellow card on a foul, trying to prevent the Mexicans from breaking quickly on goal. The game was stopped for a while and the defence went to sleep. The pass from the spot kick near half-line was played wide right to the unmarked Corona. He delivered a cross of pin-point accuracy to the onrushing Guardado, who guided the ball firmly one time just inside the left post. Goalkeeper Thompson had no chance. The second half started disastrously, and within 16 minutes, central defender Michael Hector made two horrendous mistakes that led to two goals, and with Mexico 3-0 up at the 61st minute, the game was over. At the 47th, he tried to dribble out of defence, lost possession to Corona, who went forward then hit a shot across Thompson to score. Then at the 61st, Hector, unmarked, attempted to clear a grounded pass. He miscued and the ball went behind him to Peralta, who steered the ball past Thompson.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Today, many Americans confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day, which honors veterans of all wars and is observed in November. This is an unfortunate, and all too common, misunderstanding. While it’s good and appropriate to honor all vets, it’s also crucial to pay tribute specifically to the ones who never came home. These are the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and for all of us. Yet worse than the confusion about Memorial Day is our tendency to forget about its significance altogether. Because the day is part of a three-day weekend and marks the unofficial start of summer, we can easily get so caught up in barbecues and pool parties that we neglect to even give our nation’s fallen heroes a passing thought. That is a shame. And with the ranks of those fallen heroes growing every day in battles in Afghanistan and Iraq, we have no excuse for our forgetfulness – and all the more reason for gratitude. By all means, let’s enjoy the day, the barbecues, the road trips, the moments with friends and family. These are the fruits of the freedom and security that our heroes died to preserve. But let’s also be sure to honor them at our cemeteries, in our houses of worship, at our parades or even just around the table at our gatherings. For all they gave us, it is truly the very least we can do in return.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN Americans first started observing what’s now known as Memorial Day in the late 1860s, there was no confusion or doubt about the holiday’s purpose. The pain, grief and horrific losses of the Civil War – America’s most devastating war ever – still seared the memory. Few Americans were without loved ones who not only fought, but died in the War Between the States, and they took seriously the need to honor those lost souls. After World War I, the day expanded to include fallen American servicemen in all of America’s wars. And when President Richard Nixon formally made Memorial Day a national holiday in 1971 amid the mounting carnage in Vietnam, there was also little mystery about the day’s purpose. Sadly, that’s not the case any more.