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Canada vs Jamaica, July 3 (R)

CONCACAF Gold Cup
Canada 1, Jamaica 0
The Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Canada's first chance came in the seventh minute shortly after a Canadian free kick. On an attempted Jamaican clearing, the ball bounced off the referee to the Canadian side at the top of the box. The ball was quickly played into Gerba, but the Jamaican defence got back in time to knock the ball away from Gerba.

Jamaica followed up with a couple of chances of its own, a shot saved by Sutton and a shot just wide of the Canadian post. In the 25th minute, Canada returned with another good play on goal. Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made a terrific save.

In the 34th minute, Bernier fired a shot just wide of the right post following some Canadian momentum in midfield. It was de Guzman who made the final touch to Bernier on the left side; rushing down the right side, Will Johnson couldn't quite catch the shot before it ran beyond the post.

In the second half, substitute Josh Simpson fired the first shot on goal in the 46th minute. His shot was nicely saved by Ricketts. On the ensuing corner kick, the ball was semi cleared to the top of the box before Kevin McKenna chased the ball back; he quickly turned, but fired the ball above the crossbar.

Jamaica came back with some good chances and successive corner kicks. In the 55th minute, some quick passing teed up Damian Stewart for a good shot on the net; goalkeeper Greg Sutton, however, was up to the task. In the 64th minute, Tyrone Marshall headed the ball forward to Ricardo Fuller who found himself on a good run with Canada's McKenna half a step back. Greg Sutton made a first good save on Fuller and then jumped up to catch the rebound.

In the 75th minute, Canada finally found the mark after Michael Klukowski crossed in a terrific ball from the left side to Gerba on the right. Rather than control and shoot, Gerba volleyed the shot back into the left side of the net.
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Canada beats Jamaica in Gold Cup opener
By THE CANADIAN PRESS

CARSON, Calif. - Ali Gerba scored in the 75th minute as Canada opened the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over Jamaica on Friday.

It was Gerba's fifth career Gold Cup goal, tying Carlo Corazzin for the national record.

Corazzin scored all five of his in 2000, when Canada won the tournament.

Simeon Jackson, who entered the game in the 70th minute, began the scoring sequence by holding off two defenders and sending the ball to Mike Klukowski on the left wing.

Klukowski dribbled down the flank and crossed the ball to Gerba, whom Jamaican defender Claude Davis was marking tightly. But Gerba extended his right foot and volleyed the ball inside the left post from seven yards.

Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was frozen on the play after making two dramatic one-handed saves earlier.

Ricketts jumped and used his right hand in the 25th minute to tip Kevin McKenna's 12-yard shot over the crossbar. In the 46th minute, Ricketts made a similar save against Josh Simpson's 19-yard line drive.

Canadian goalkeeper Greg Sutton kept Jamaica scoreless with two saves in a 10-minute span of the second half. In the 54th minute, Sutton dived to his right to stop Damion Stewart's 13-yard line drive.

Then in the 64th minute, after a pass from former Toronto FC defender Tyrone Marshall freed Ricardo Fuller for a breakaway, Sutton blocked Fuller's 14-yard shot.

Sutton, whom Toronto FC released earlier during the Major League Soccer season, finished with five saves.

Referee Terry Vaughn issued six yellow cards, only one of them to a Canadian. Julian de Guzman received a caution in the 36th minute.

Attendance included a smattering of Canadians, indicated by a handful of Canadian flags - including one with a black silhouette of a moose in the centre stripe - and the banner of the Voyageurs, the large supporters group.

The Gold Cup is the soccer championship for countries in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
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