Brown has his nucleus now

Both head coaches were satisfied with the outcome of the two matches for different reasons.

Jamaica’s Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore said: ‘I’m very pleased with the preparations. It was a long week going into the Gold Cup . These are the type of games we need to have and it was a great test for us.’

Whitmore was not bothered that he had conceded only his first goal in 10 matches in charge of the Reggae Boyz.

‘This is a part of football. You see what’s going on all over. US beat Spain and today we almost had an upset between the US and Brazil, I guess that’s a part of football.

‘It’s good for the CONCACAF that the US did well in the Confederations Cup because it shows there are good teams in CONCACAF as well.’

The Gold Cup opens on Friday with a doubleheader at The Home Depot Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, featuring Canada against Jamaica, and Costa Rica versus El Salvador. The US are the defending champions from 2005 when they beat Panama on penalties.

Cayman’s technical director Carl Brown said: ‘This is what they have to do, get out there and play the tough teams. I think this was a great measuring stick for the and they will realise how much work they have to do.

‘Some of the players believe they have already reached but now they’ll realise how much work they have to do and how far they are behind in terms of what the Caribbean has to offer.

‘I was still encouraged by the effort tonight. The players made a distinct effort to play. They are learning what it takes to compete at the international level. Tonight we gave away the ball far too easily and it will take some time for them and all they need to do is get out there and play.

‘I want us to start working out at least twice per week and hopefully get some more games before the end of the year.

‘Hopefully, we will be hosting the Digicel Cup finals here in 2013 and we are working towards the goal of winning it.’