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    Mexico cruises past Jamaica to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup final
    • July 13, 2023

    LAS VEGAS — Henry Martín scored 80 seconds in, Luis Chávez converted a free kick in the 30th minute and Mexico beat Jamaica, 3-0, on Wednesday night to reach its 11th CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

    Roberto Alvarado added a goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time as Mexico advanced to play Panama, which upset the United States in a penalty kick shootout, on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. El Tri, under interim coach Jaime Lozano, is seeking a ninth Gold Cup title.

    Martín scored his ninth international goal and third of the tournament, settling the ball with a touch after Jesús Gallardo’s cross and beating Andre Blake from 8 yards. Luis Romo had scored 51 seconds in during Mexico’s opener, a 4-0 victory over Honduras.

    Chávez curled a 25-yard free kick to Blake’s upper right corner for his fourth international goal and third of the tournament. Chávez’s first international goal was on a free kick against Saudi Arabia at last year’s World Cup.

    Alvarado got his fifth goal when he tapped in a pass from Gallardo.

    Mexico defeated the United States in the 2019 final in Chicago and lost to the Americans in extra time in the 2021 final in Las Vegas.

    ​ Orange County Register