El Salvador and Canada make winning starts in Gold Cup

Costa Rica 1 – El Salvador 2 (Gold Cup, July 3, 2009) Osael Romero opened the scoring in the 19th minute with a superb solo finish after Williams Reyes had headed on a long ball. Costa Rica pulled level in the 63rd minute with a close range strike from Warren Granados before Romero grabbed the winner five minutes from the end with a side foot finish after poor defending from the Costa Ricans.

Canada 1 – Jamaica 0 (Gold Cup, July 3, 2009) Canada’s Ali Gerba struck the winner in the 75th minute when Mike Klukowski looped a cross into the area from the left wing and Gerba’s first-time volley flew past Jamaica keeper Donovan Ricketts.