Jamaica is well known for their greatness on the track, with names like Usain Bolt, Merlene Ottey and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. And while soccer remains a strong favorite of the island, the team has never seemed to take the major step of winning a world title. They came close in 2015 before losing in the Gold Cup Final against Mexico, 3-1.
Well two years later, the Reggae Boys got their revenge and are one step away from finally tasting gold.
After almost 90 minutes of back and forth sprinting and six yellow cards, the Jamaicans finally caught at break when a penalty was called outside of the box against the Mexican team. After much debate, and a little stalling from the Jamaicans, Kemar Lawrence took the slow steps towards the ball and booted it, curving it just past the last Mexican defender, freezing goalie Jose de Jesus Corona and depositing it into the left side of the goal in the 88th minute, giving the Reggae Boys the 1-0 lead.
A little more than 5 minutes later, including three minutes of stoppage time, Jamaica had the victory over the team which ended their title hopes two years ago and now look towards Wednesday night when they will face the U.S. in the championship game.
We know Bob Marley will be smiling down on the team Wednesday night.