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USA vs. Jamaica (SBI Live Match Commentary)

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by IVES GALARCEP

The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Jamaica today at Sporting Park in Kansas City in World Cup qualifying (6:30pm, ESPN), and while the Americans have already qualified, there is still plenty on the line.

Jurgen Klinsmann has called in a full-strength squad to take on Jamaica in the last USMNT home qualifier of the Hexagonal Round of qualifying. The Americans are a perfect 4-0 at home this round, and will look to maintain their hold atop the qualifying group with a victory.

Jamaica is technically still alive in qualifying, but will need a miracle to climb out of the basement.

Here is SBI’s preview of tonight’s match.

SBI will be providing live commentary on today’s match so please feel free to follow all the action here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump):

74 comments
  • Dirk McQuigley

    ESPN FC just announced the starting lineup. JK is going with a 4-4-2:

    Altidore AJ

    Donovan Jones Diskerud Bedoya

    Beasley Besler Cameron Evans

    Howard

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  • Rich

    Glad to see AJ in the line up. He an Altidore looked so good together last time. This will give us a chance to see if that was a one time event.

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    • RP

      Agreed. This is pretty much what i wanted to see… I wonder how much is experimental in the sense that if the opponent was panama or the WC still to be played for, would be different.

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  • Andrew

    You have to love what Klinsi is doing with this lineup. Compared to the days of Danny Williams on the wing, this is so much more fun.

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  • Kingsly Alexander - Sankt Pauli - Platonias

    Roger Espinoza and Izaguirre are both beasts, I have to say. Honduras just needs an in form Bengston and they’ll do some damage.

    Maybe Houston can swing a trade for Bengston. You’d have to think they’d do some damage with him, Oscar Boniek Garcia and Alex Lopez on the field

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  • John

    I like the line up however for me the biggest question will be how Jones handles this roll. Many times we’ve seen him roam and really get over run in the midfield when he has to drop in deeper to start the attack. I hope Kljestan gets some minutes and perhaps Boyd in the second half.

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    • Little Chicho

      It’s already happening. The Unimas analyts said that beckermans best days are behind him

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  • Phil B

    I’ve gotta say, I really dislike the commercialism of sports these days. How awful are those McDonald’s kits the kids are wearing?

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  • TomG

    Spectacular first touch by bacon. I don’t think he’s a consistent ball striker yet, though.

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  • TomG

    Jozy’s trying to do too much instead of playing the little balls he’s usually good at. He needs to relax and settle in.

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    • Kingsly Alexander - Sankt Pauli - Platonias

      Yeah you have to think Beasley will get gased chasing the Jamaicans so Castillo will come on. Orozco might come on for Evans as well.

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    • Kingsly Alexander - Sankt Pauli - Platonias

      Horrible! Absolutely. This diamond should be working, but it’s all off because Diskerud and Jones aren’t there.

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    • TomG

      Yes, much worse than usual, though ditto for LD, Mixx and Bedoya. Most of the team has been downright sloppy. The pitch is apparently horrible but even so, they should be much cleaner.

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  • petedx

    Also mic’d cappos are the worst, it makes it look and sound like amateur hour, or this guy….

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  • biff

    Can we pleez see Geoff Cameron in the second half at right back, his club position. Evans is a midfielder, not a right back, and it is showing.

    Will say that the Reggae Boyz are looking good with their new German coach. They are technically very good.

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  • biff

    Why are the newest comments on the SBI Live Match Commentary box posted on the bottom, which is the smart way to do it, while the newest fan comments are posted at the top of the page, which is not the smart way to do it? Just asking.

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  • Bac

    Jermaine Jones doesn’t look right. He’s not playing bad, not playing good..
    I bet his knee is worse than he’s let on
    He just doesn’t look right

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  • JRP

    So, this is the lineup all you Beckerman haters wanted. Sure wish we had some actual possession in the midfield.

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      • Citronomics

        Should he be starting in the WC… No. Is it fair to suggest Beckerman would help us keep possession against a squad with speed and high pressure up top in a game like this… think so.

        My two cents. Cheers

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  • TomG

    You can see giant divots in the pitch. Why is this field so poor? Is it always so poor? This is terrible and a huge advantage for Jamaica.

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  • TomG

    Everyone is just too slow tonight. Two touches when there should be one. Slow slow slow slow slow!

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    • TomG

      Everyone has looked bad. I thought AJ made some great touches. He just didn’t finish well.

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  • Dimidri

    Beautiful goal. Good work from Bedoya, Zusi, Altidore, Mix, and one other guy on that .

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    • TomG

      Yes, suddenly they are playing with tempo and flair. They are playing instead of thinking.

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  • Citronomics

    Castillo lays it off to Jozy for his goalz. While Castillo’s errant passes make me cringe, would like o see him in WC squad for an attacking option off the bench.

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  • Believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ

    whats up with Jozy not celebrating any goals? Is he on some sort of protest? He’s been doing that a lot lately.

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