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Michael Hector and Jamaica easily outmatched as Uruguay finally notch a win at Copa America 2016

Uruguay 3-0 Jamaica, dire stuff, really.

Michael Hector and Arevalo Rios, BFFs
Michael Hector and Arevalo Rios, BFFs
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The question as to who would score first at this year's Copa America Centenario, Edinson Cavani or the Jamaica national football team was answered in the 66th minute of Monday night's final group match for both teams, when Je-Vaughn Watson crashed the ball into the back of his own net.  You might say that doesn't actually count as a goal for Jamaica, and you may be right, but it was still closer to an actual goal than Cavani managed.  The PSG forward and one-time object our center forward desires did manage to go offside a handful of times though.

Uruguay and Jamaica had both already been eliminated after losing their first two games of the tournament, so this was never exactly going to be a barn-burner.  To their credit, the teams at least put in some effort in the first half, Michael Hector setting the early tone with a high, studs-first challenge into Diego Godin's foot.  Uruguay were then determined to get their revenge on the Chelsea loanee, who, after a solid showing against Mexico, was much more of a non-factor otherwise.  Deployed as part of the midfield two in Jamaica's ambitious and highly dysfunctional 4-4-2, Hector was routinely bypassed without much effort at all.

As it was, the only reason the 3-0 final scoreline wasn't any worse was because Uruguay stopped caring after the half-time whistle; their singular objective, seen to half-heartedly and unsuccessfully, was to try to get Edinson Cavani a goal.  Seven shots and five offsides later, the referee's final whistle intervened before things got any more embarrassing.

Despite the win, Uruguay's tournament has been a tremendous disappointment.  A penny for Luis Suarez's thoughts, who flew over to the USA for absolutely no reason whatsoever.  Meanwhile, Jamaica go back-to-back Copa Americas without a single win or a single goal.  Michael Hector did show that he's not entirely without promise, and every little of experience helps, but we can probably safely say that he remains a longshot, at best, for a spot in the Chelsea squad.

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