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Who was your USMNT Man of the Match?

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The U.S. men's national team enjoyed one of their most thorough performances under Jurgen Klinsmann in their victory over Jamaica on Tuesday night, and several players put forth strong showings in a 1-0 win that was not as close as the score indicates.

From Steve Cherundolo's marauding runs forward on the right flank to Danny Williams' ability to maintain possession and break up plays in his more natural defensive midfield role, there were a number of quality outings by the U.S. players in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Columbus Crew Stadium. Herculez Gomez also put in a hardworking shift that included the winning goal while Graham Zusi impressed on the right side of midfield in a match in which not many Americans set a foot wrong in.

That leaves us to pose the question: With so many Americans playing well in Tuesday's win, who was your Man of the Match? Was it Williams for his contributions in his first start for the U.S. as a defensive midfielder? Was it Cherundolo, who helped keep Jamaica on their heels with his surging runs? Was it someone else?

Cast your vote after the jump and let us know who you voted for and why in the comments section below.

Who did you vote for? Which performance surprised you the most on Tuesday?

Share your thoughts below.

123 comments
  • Eurosnob

    Look, crappy teams or not Altidore was the highest scorer. By the way, with exception of one goal, Altidore scored all his goals in the Hexagonal, which included the top six Concacaf teams at the time. And T&T had a decent team at the time – they tied Mexico 2-2 and Honduras 1-1 and beat and tied El Salvador. Before you start implying that Altidore does not score against strong teams, look up who scored in the 2-0 win over Spain in the Confederations Cup.

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  • MANGA

    That was luck on Slovenia’s part. Norway has solid players but they haven’t qualified for anything in 12 years. Iceland has their best chance ever right now

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  • Jahon

    He’s actually a solid striker in the Eredivise. Remind me of the other goal scoring CONCACAF strikers in top leagues besides Hernandez an Vela

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  • Jahon

    I agree. Send him to Holland and he will learn some more. But his ego and bad form isn’t helping him in Dallas

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  • Jahon

    Altidore and Gomez from now on. But someone definitely needs to talk to Altidore. The no1 striker role is slipping from him. Given a year perhaps Boyd will be ready for that position. I guess it’s either due to lack of concern or competition. Jozy was our best striker for 3 years and no one was ever going to take that from him and maybe he is finally realizing he could lose his starting spot

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  • yt67

    Cherundolo. Complete legend. 14 seasons at Hannover. He is signed until summer 2014 I believe. I sure hope he gets his coaching license and keeps with their team or comes back to MLS and parlay his knowledge to the young ones.

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  • T-moble

    So zusi didn’t learn anything here, Cameroon improved here, so did holden. Jozy has scored alot and still sucks at the international level, go sit down, little Mike.

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  • PD

    Marfan = all hype at this point. He;’s exciting (I’m a union fan) but it’s way to soon to anoint that guy… hat would be like clamoring for Gil from RSL.

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  • PD

    i just don’t understand what you’re basing that on other than a line of logic that boils down to “he just doesn’t do what I think he should”.

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  • Boise

    I noticed lack of forward movement on both subs Shea and Altidore; however, I wonder if Klinsi instructed them to possess and play back? If not, then those subs were a waste.

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  • Boise

    I agree; Cameron’s emergence on the MNT scene is one of the most encouraging signs, esp since it’s in the critical CB position.

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  • Boise

    While I agree it was nice to see Jones keep his composure last pm, I’m pretty sure that he dove on a couple occasions.

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  • Rlw2020

    +1 most of guatemala plays in their domestic league but they are no push over! Costa rica, honduras and jamaica all have players in the EPL, MLS, La Liga, and other big leagues. If you watched concacaf cl or qualifying you should know that the latin american teams may not be rich and glamerous like europe but they play good football and are difficult opposition.

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  • beachbum

    Mike, seriously, I was thinking about your post. I’m sure what you get at games you attend is what you see, but perhaps it’s a bad team you watch; that could ruin one’s perspective on it all.

    anyway, some fun teams out there to follow, fun players, every year better playmakers and more of them. Didn’t mention Higuain in Columbus…that guy is fun to watch, smart technical player who really wants to win.

    and with all of this talk, Landon not even mentioned although he remains one of the best still at making runs or releasing other players making runs

    cheers man

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