Jamaica capture Caribbean Cup in shootout win over Trinidad & Tobago; Union’s Andre Blake makes key save
Jamaica captured the sixth Caribbean Cup title in the country’s history on Tuesday evening, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw, much to the delight of the home fans in Montego Bay.
Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made a key save in the shootout, denying Soca Warriors captain Kenwyne Jones in the first round to stake his side to an early lead. Though D.C. United forward Michael Seaton missed his penalty for Jamaica, a miss from Khaleem Hyland on the final kick gave Jamaica the title.
Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino and Houston Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor converted their shootout attempts for T&T and Jamaica, respectively.
The victory guarantees the Reggae Boyz a berth in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, in addition to the 2015 Gold Cup place they earned by making the Caribbean Cup final four. Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago will be joined in next summer’s Gold Cup by Cuba and Haiti, while fifth-placed French Guiana will face Honduras for the remaining spot up for grabs.
A number of MLS players featured for both finalists throughout the tournament, with Blake, Seaton and Taylor joined on the Jamaica squad by Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers), Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids). On the T&T side, MLS was represented by Molino and Kevan George (Columbus Crew SC), as well as recently-released ex-Whitecaps center back Carlyle Mitchell.
Mattocks and Molino, along with Haiti’s Kervens Belfort, finished as the tournament’s top scorers with three goals apiece over four games.