Jamaica out of 2013 Gold Cup as Caribbean qualifers set
The US may be seeing Jamaica in next year's CONCACAF Hexagonal final round World Cup qualifying, but one place they won't see the Reggae Boyz is next summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.
A Jamaican side boasting plenty of MLS talent finished bottom of its Caribbean Cup group, which also contained Cuba, French Guyana and Martinique, picking up only one point and scoring just one goal.
The team suffered an early shock, falling 2-1 to French Guyana in the opening match of the tournament, before grinding out a 0-0 draw against Martinique to keep their hopes alive. Needing a win against Cuba though, Jamaica couldn't muster enough offense and fell 1-0 on Wednesday.
The result saw the Cubans through to the semifinals of the Caribbean Cup along with Martinique, with the two sides joining remaining semifinalists Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago in the 2013 Gold Cup.
The Jamaican squad included Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps), Ryan Johnson (Portland Timbers) and Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids), as well as recently released MLS vets Dicoy Williams, Lovel Palmer and Shavar Thomas.
Three MLS players did find some joy in Antigua & Barbuda, though, as Vancouver Whitecaps defender Carlyle Mitchell helped T&T to a Gold Cup berth, and Sporting KC's Peterson Joseph and San Jose's Jean-Marc Alexandre did the same with Haiti.
With the United States, Mexico and Canada holding automatic qualification berths, the final five Gold Cup places will be decided at the Copa Centroamericana, to be held in January.