U.S. Men's National Team

USA vs. Jamaica: Match Night Commentary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- Just four days after Jamaica's historic 2-1 victory against the U.S. Men's national team, the Americans will look to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a win tonight against the Reggae Boyz (8pm, ESPN2/Galavision).

Jamaica is leading Group A with seven points and can move a step closer to the Hex with a victory tonight, while the Americans can pull even with the Jamaicans with a win at Crew Stadium, where the U.S. has never lost a match.

Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking to field a more attack-minded side against a Jamaican team that is likely to come out with a more defensive-minded approach on the road. Clarence Goodson is suspended, and will replaced in the lineup by U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra, who joins Steve Cherundolo as players starting tonight who did not start last Friday.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight's match so please feel to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight's commentary is after the jump):


  • Francois

    I hate it when we do this. We get the lead and then the next 5-10 minutes we just sit back and then kick the ball long. Dolo, I love you, but just pass the ball to somebody’s feet like you’ve been doing ALL NIGHT!


  • Francois

    What are you smoking on? I thought Torres was great tonight, connected well with his teammates as well as playing well defensively tracking back when needed.


  • Good Jeremy

    He’s a good player. He doesn’t fit our current scheme that well, but he is good enough in posession to mostly make up for it. There’s no reason he shouldn’t be a regular situational player.


  • Francois

    It pisses me off the we finish off games we’re ahead in sometimes. I hate that we just hold on instead of playing the game the way we did and DOMINATED for the fist 70 minutes.


  • Jeff

    Ihes almost a regular starter with JK and I don’t see his performance justifying that on a regular basis. He may be solid but there are other options or at least should be. It’s just my opinion but he was solid tonight because he was mostly anonymous for better or worse – he’s just as likely to be unsolicited though too

    He may be a nice situational player but to be a “lock” for camps is a stretch


  • This Guy

    Steve Cherundolo is the most underrated USMNT player of all time!

    Geoff Cameron MoTM in my opinion.


  • Dw

    +1..we are totally in control then we score and it’s like the whole game plan changes and you see us on our heels


  • Joe Hamilton

    At least JK pointed out how the referee as always is the 12th man for any team the US plays against. He alluded the red card foul that the Reggae Thugs committed . Does anyone believe the island with 3 million had the 3 fastest runners in the world. I ran track and Jamaica’s sprinters with the collusion of their corrupt track federation cheat more than any country. Their “victory” was in large part due to their thuggery with the collusion of the referee.I spoke with someone who sat in the first 5 rows who said the thugs were getting away throwing elbows and other dirty play.


  • Cornelius

    The rest of game proved you right. USA couldn’t figure out how to hold possession without him.


  • Cornelius

    +2 USA completely took their foot off the gas after the goal instead of staying on their game and going for another one. I sure hope the goal differential doesn’t come back to bite us.


  • Jason

    Zusi, Cherundolo, Johnson, and Williams were fantastic in my opinion. Williams over Beckerman any day of the week.
    Torres is underrated and under-appreciated.
    Dempsey wasn’t looking sharp at all.
    Altidore is just friggin lazy.


  • Jason

    I’d say Williams just takes it, however Zusi I think definitely made a case for himself to be a starter.


  • Cornelius

    True. And a phantom yellow on Zusi. At least Jamaica wasn’t completely getting away with the hacking like on Friday. USA players did a good job standing in and taking the fouls tonight. I guarantee everyone who played has bruises.


  • Benny

    Great win by the U.S. but they needed to keep the pressure on. Also Klinsi should have subbed Demps. He was way too gassed. I think the ref stunk. He gives zusi a yellow and did not give yellows to Watson and others who deserved to be carded. Anyway, there is no reason for the U.S. to stop pushing.They have to keep on the pressure. They are on top of the group and will finish there.


  • GW

    No reason?

    US fans never ever give credit to the other guy. You want a reason? How about after we scored Jamaica now had a real need to score themselves. So, after doing almost nothing for 45 minutes they increased their own level of play.

    Another reason? Very few teams not named Spain can keep up that level of play for 90 minutes.

    The US did well. Enjoy it while you can. Qualification is still a long way from assured.


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