Cummings then achieved the improbable, as he latched onto a loose ball in the corner of the box off a throw-in that Kenwyne Jones laid off, and blasted it past a stunned Mexico defense in the 67th minute to make it 3-2.
Mexico have the most talented squad at the Gold Cup but after lighting the tournament up with a 6-0 win in their first game they squandered a bundle o chances and just could not score against Guatemala last time out.
The draw enabled Trinidad and Tobago to top the group on seven points, setting up a quarter-final against Panama in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday.
The second match of the day, a well-anticipated show-down between leaders Trinidad and Mexico, did not disappoint. There is enough maturity there and all of Mexico’s players face opponents for their club sides that are usually significantly better than what Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago possess. Instead of distracting Trinidad & Tobago, you might have gifted the goal with your poor behavior affecting the team’s karma. It gave Mexico the edge to take the group. It’s also worth noting that the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 2½ goals – with the UNDER (-130) rather than the OVER (Even) being the likeliest of the two scenarios.
Tied 3-3 through regulation, Mexico pulled ahead on an own goal by Trinidad and Tobago defender Cordell Cato in the first minute of extra play. The 2011 champions had been frustrated in a goalless draw with Guatemala in their previous match and early on there were signs that they may again struggle to turn their dominance of possession into goals. And everyone is picking up on it. For all the talent that Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado have, Mexico seems to have a soft underbelly, with very few physically imposing players- arguably only Francisco “Maza” Rodriguez and Yasser Corona. Jones made up for his own goal mistake by providing the assist amid having trash thrown on him by Mexican fans as if Kenwyne Jones announced that he was the third man and was joining the NWO.
Midfielder Andre Boucaud is suspended for the game due to suspension, while a hamstring injury appears to have ended goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams’ Gold Cup. The next four teams from the Gold Cup will enter a playoff for the last two spots in the 2016 Copa América Centenario.
“We are just going to keep focused and keep a strong mentality”, Reyes said. “To defend smarter and not be reckless-especially against the teams like Mexico, they are evasive”.