2014 Central American & Caribbean Games (Men)

Veracruz, Mexico

and Trinidad & Tobago qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

Player of the tournament: Francisco Aguilar (MEX)
Goalkeeper of the tournament: Leordan  Hernández (CUB)
Top Scorer of the Tournament: Yoandy Blanco (CUB), 11 goals

Barbados v Mexico

3rd-4th place

# Info Time Teams Score Status Match Sheet
24 November 2014
14 3rd-4th place 1:15pm Barbados BAR - MEX Mexico 1 - 1 (1 - 0) (4 - 5 SO) Final      

Match Report

Mexico held their nerve to take hold of the bronze medal when they beat Barbados 5-4 in a sudden death penalty shoot at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games (Men). Both teams played to an enthralling 1-1 tie at the end of 70 minutes.


Barbados shocked the host country when they took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute of the match. Before this possession was fairly even but neither team was able to create any real scoring chances. Barbados’ got their breakthrough when Rohan THOMAS eliminated several Mexican defenders and his reverse strike at the top the circle was tipped in by Shonkeel WHARTON.


Mexico through Captain Pol MORENO and Francisco AGUILAR led their team’s comeback charge but they came across a stubborn and determined Barbados defence that held firm. Mexico squandered several penalty corner chances and went into the half time break a goal down.


Barbados faced an avalanche of Mexican attacks in the second half as the home team tried to get themselves back in the match. Barbados seemed content to try to defend their 1 goal advantage as they pulled everybody behind the ball at times to try to stop Mexico. On more than occasion Mexico’s MORENO and AGUILAR partnership came close to scoring but Barbados captain and goalkeeper Andre BOYCE and his defence kept them at bay. AGUILAR must have thought he scored the equalizing goal with 15 minutes to go in the game but his shot from just above the penalty spot careened off the upright.


It took a moment of brilliance in the 68th minute for Mexico, courtesy of AGUILAR and MORENO, when the latter on the entering the field from a green card scooped a ball from the half line into the circle which an unmarked AGUILAR put past goalkeeper BOYCE to make it 1-1.


The match was then settled via a penalty shoot-out with Mexico winning 5-4 in sudden death. The scorers for both teams were:


Mexico: Edgar BORQUEZ, Ruben MARTINEZ and Francisco AGUILAR – Sudden Death: Edgar BORQUEZ and Francisco AGUILAR


Team Min # Player Action
BAR 14 9 WHARTON Shonkeel FG
MEX 68 15 AGUILAR Francisco FG


X Goal, O Saved, - Not Taken
Team Attacker Defender Result
MEX AGUILAR Francisco (#15) KNIGHT Keenan (#18) X
BAR RUDDER Akeem (#2) VARGAS Moises (#32) O
MEX LEON Miguel (#9) KNIGHT Keenan (#18) O
BAR DAVIS Laurando (#10) VARGAS Moises (#32) X
MEX PEDRAZA Guillermo (#30) KNIGHT Keenan (#18) O
BAR WARNER Che (#8) VARGAS Moises (#32) O
MEX MARTINEZ Ruben (#11) KNIGHT Keenan (#18) X
BAR WHARTON Shonkeel (#9) VARGAS Moises (#32) X
MEX BORQUEZ Edgar (#2) KNIGHT Keenan (#18) X
BAR HOLDER Kris (#5) VARGAS Moises (#32) X
BAR DAVIS Laurando (#10) VARGAS Moises (#32) X
MEX AGUILAR Francisco (#15) KNIGHT Keenan (#18) X
BAR HOLDER Kris (#5) VARGAS Moises (#32) O
MEX BORQUEZ Edgar (#2) KNIGHT Keenan (#18) X


Team Min # Player Type
BAR 51 5 HOLDER Kris Green
MEX 54 5 GARCIA Roberto Yellow
BAR 58 2 RUDDER Akeem Yellow
MEX 59 12 PERAZA Bruno Yellow
MEX 66 10 MORENO Pol Green
DOM v JAM (5th-6th place) CUB v TTO (Final)

Final Standings

Pool Standings

Team GP W D L GD P
Pool A
Cuba  CUB 3 3 0 0 23 9
Trinidad & Tobago  TTO 3 2 0 1 11 6
Dominican Republic  DOM 3 1 0 2 2 3
Guatemala  GUA 3 0 0 3 -36 0
Team GP W D L GD P
Pool B
Mexico  MEX 2 2 0 0 7 6
Barbados  BAR 2 1 0 1 0 3
Jamaica  JAM 2 0 0 2 -7 0