[caption id="attachment_40766" align="alignright" width="480"] Canada supporters clustered in northeast corner section, but it's an overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd at CenturyLink Field tonight.[/caption]A crowd of 28,354 heavily in support of the Mexico national team is heading home happy as their team knocked off Canada, 2-0, tonight at CenturyLink Field.
El Tri came out with energy, which Canada slowly seemed to be matching. But that changed abruptly in the 42nd minute when Mexico earned a corner kick, and Raul Jimenez finished with a diving header into the net, assisted by Jorge Enriquez.
Mexico made it 2-0 in the 57th minute when Marco Fabian drove home a penalty kick.
The result sent Mexico (1-1) into a second-place tie with Martinique (1-1) in Group A, from which at least the top two finishers will advance. Canada (0-2) is alone at the bottom.
In the first game, Panama (2-0) moved to the top of the group with a 1-0 win over Martinique. The lone goal came on a Gabriel Torres penalty kick in the 85th minute.
Martinique played the final 18 minutes with 10 men, as Jacky Berdix was sent off on his second yellow card. Former Sounders trialist Roberto Chen went 90 minutes at center back for Panama.
Group A play will conclude Sunday in Denver where Panama plays Canada and Martinique meets Mexico.
Gold Cup is the tournament that every two years determines the national team champion for North America, Central American and the Caribbean.57th minute:
Second half: ... has begun. No changes for Mexico. One for Canada: Tosaint Ricketts in for Marcus Haber.
Halftime: Mexico 1, Canada 0.
Shots 5-2 Mex; on target 2-1 Mex; corners 7-3 Mex; pass accuracy, 79%-70% Mex.
42th minute: GOAL Mexico. Diving header by Raul Jimenez, assisted by Jorge Enriquez. Mexico, 1-0.
First 30 minutes: Scoreless. Fair chances for both sides.
Game 2 lineups: Canada-Mexico is under way.
Canada starters: Borjan; Ledgerwood, Edgar, Henry, De Jong; De Guzman (c), Piette, Osorio, Bekker, Nakajima-Farran; Haber.
Mexico starters: GK Orozco; Huiqui (c), Montes, Jimenez, Fabian, Marquez, Aldrete, Enriquez, Velarde, Valenzuela, Layun.
Mexico in black/black, Canada in white/white.
Postgame press conference: Panama coach says CenturyLink's FieldTurf tonight was better than temporary natural grass brought in for World Cup qualifier.
Final: Panama (2-0) is alone at the top of the group with a 1-0 win over Martinique (1-1). The lone goal came on a Gabriel Torres PK in the 85th minute. Martinique also played the final 18 minutes one man down.85th minute: Panama moves ahead 1-0 on a Gabriel Torres penalty kick.
72nd minute: Martinique will play the final 18 minutes with 10 men, as Jacky Berdix had been sent off on his second yellow card. Still, 0-0.
Halftime: Panama and Martinique are scoreless.
Panama-Martinique: Game has begun: Panama in red/red, Martinique in white/white. In the starting lineup for Panama is former Sounders trialist defender Roberto Chen (wearing No. 23).
Pregame: The gates of CenturyLink Field are open as we count down the the CONCACAF Champions League doubleheader tonight: Martinique (1-0) vs. Panama (1-0) at 5:30 p.m. and Mexico (0-1) and Canada (0-1) at 8 p.m.
Tickets remain available. The games will be shown on Fox Soccer. I'll have highlights here, and occasionally on Twitter @donruiztnt.
Here's our sort of Sounders-centric preview from today's News Tribune.