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USA vs. Jamaica: Match Day Commentary

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The U.S. men's national team takes on Jamaica today in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals at RFK Stadium (3pm, Fox Soccer Channel), with a place in Wednesday's semifinals awaiting the winner.

The United States come in off a disappointing group stage performance, and must now defeat a Jamaica side that finished unbeaten and unscored upon in group play. The Americans will look to avoid missing the Gold Cup semifinals for just the second time in tournament history.

SBI will be providing commentary on today's match so please feel free to follow along with pre-game, in-game and post-game action here on SBI. 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):



  1. As I predicted Mexico 4- USA 2 Itt’s all I have to say.Go check your pom poms and practice your splits susysam my favorite cheerleader .She Cheers but doesn’t know for whom
    Are you a fan of U.S Soccer in FB? Check my comments(Cezare Ramone) on their album :WNT Training – July 12, 2011.Read and learn something

  2. Is this Freddie? Is Sid Freddie because if you really beleive that then you can no longer be taken serious on this blog!!!

    And when has he been able to create, pass and break down any defense? Oh yeah, in Greece, 2nd divison Greece where some players still have a second job because the league is sooooooo bad. But being Freddy Adu, you already know that!

  3. If you say things just to get a rise out of people, then yeah, your a troll. If you really believe that, then I guess good for you, and we’ll just have to agree to disagree. I personally think they played a good game. Dominated possession, passed well, had a clear advantage in definitive chances. Other than some poor finishing, and a couple of defensive lapses (Goodson on one, Howard on another, Bradley keeping a player onside in 5th minute), they played well. Note that I didn’t say they played a perfect game. No team does. There is always room for improvement.

    I think a lot of the criticism for many supporters on this board, myself included, is this perpetual claim of “the sky is falling,” and an overall air of negativity. Its gotten to the point that the people who are against Bradley, or whatever player they don’t like at the moment, are analyzing the most minute details of every performance, as if any player is capable of playing a perfect game. I have no problem with criticism when it’s appropriate, but criticism for criticism’s sake is tiring. If you were to analyze games played the the world’s biggest powers (Spain, Argentina, Brazil, etc.), you’re never going to find an instance of a perfect game, or always perfect decision making, or always perfect coaching. I don’t care what team is playing, there is always room for improvement. It’s insane to hold unreal expectations, and its annoying to read over reactive, inane comments that have no basis in fact or reality. It’s takes away from what used to be a very well-informed and reasonable readership on this site.

  4. DUDE, everyone that doe not agree with all the US fans here are trolls!

    The US played crap in a very crap game against the crappiest team!

    So I guess I’m a troll now!

  5. Er, any definition of that play in the fifth minute that does not define it as a “dangerous chance” is one which I want no part of.

  6. No Sid, sweetheart, I was talking about the US over Jamaica. When I say “we” it’s the US.

    I hope you enjoyed the game.

  7. Dude, just because people don’t agree with you doesn’t make them “trolls.” You should learn the meanings of words before you use them. Trolls are people that incite and inflame opinions through their own posts. You can also include people who post off-topic to the discussion at hand. Here’s a link for you to brush up on your understanding of the word:

  8. 98%??!?!? there you go again pulling statistics out of your rear end. Im not saying that Sacha had a great game. Im saying he wasnt as bad as you say he was.

    There is nothing to debate. Your argument is a bunch of made up statistics backed by very shallow generalizations stemming from Sacha’s 08 form.

    Do you ever wonder why you are like the only person who has negative things to say about Kljestan based on this game? Are you saying everyone on this blog does not know “futbol”. Arrogance. o en la lengua de espanol, arrogancia jaja

  9. Trolls expectations of the USMNT are very low. Wow. 92 all over Trolls answer to everything,… your wrong, don’t judge Bob, otherwise you are a I swear the whole Arema thing is playing out in 2011.

  10. You just proved my point by everything you just said. You are either a hater, a troll, or a very sad and confused little man.

  11. I call BS. You’re apparently new to watching football, because many, many times the “superior” team has to struggle for a win. You have unrealistic expectations to believe that the perceived better team should score within 5 minutes of the game starting. If you really believe that then there is hardly any team in the world that can live up to your expectations. I ask this in all seriousness, are you a teenager?

  12. I insult you based on your comments and you insult me based on my name??? “SUSAN_SAM” haha what are you? Seven years old? DOnt have much to say so you resort to personal attacks. what a joke.

    you boast about your 2-1 Panama win prediction even though you never posted in on this blog. INteresting….and when you finally post a prediction about the USA-Jam. game, you were flat out wrong. Instead of admitting you were wrong, you instead say “scoring against JAM doesnt make us a better team”. Admit your logic was completely wrong and man up to it.

    ahhahahaha 3-0 Jamaica win over the USA right Sid? Some logic, that turned out to be huh.

  13. Well, a win is a win. But: The US centerbacks, Bocca in particular, looked shaky against a one-man attack, not encouraging. Wingbacks looked comfortable with the wingers, probably the best thing about the match overall. Someday Dempsey will get the credit he deserves, probably after cosmetic surgery to make him look like a cross between Donovan and C. Ronaldo.

  14. Yes!!!! When it’s JAMIACA we are talking about, it’s a simple yesss… We didn’t create anything forward for 20minutes. For a while there I thought we were still playing 11 vs 11. I’m sorry, that’s not good enough. Not against Jamaica.

    Don’t compare an Italy W.C game vs a GC game against the power house Jamaica. We are not Jamaica…. In the 02 W.C our group was called “the death group” for a reason. Jamaica is faaarrrrr from being close to our level. We could play Italy 10 times, I can easily say we would go 3-7 against them. If we played Jamaica 10 times, we go 10-0 easily playing crappy Futbol. We can’t compare that to GC.

  15. Charlie Davies is a US player and by your definition a “cheat”.

    Besides, apparently there are some camera angles that show contact by Tayor’s knee with Jones’ heel.

    Whatever the case,Taylor was trying to hack Jones down from behind when Jones had a clear unobstructed path to goal. So I don’t have a real problem with what I see as a pretty close call.

    You are delusional if you think Jamaica were going to win this game before the card.

  16. Um, have you seen the scoreline? Professional teams grind out wins against inferior opponents when they have to. Goals don’t always come. Sometimes you hit the post, the crossbar, the goalie is playing out of his mind. The US dominated this game, better at every spot. What’s the difference between 2-0 and 5-0? Both advance you. Jamaica had exactt zero dangerous chances. This one was never in doubt, after the first five minutes. It’s not always pretty. Sometimes you just own the game and eventually get through. It’s still a win.

    I once won a playoff game in high school 22-0. (earlier in the season they broke our all-American striker’s leg, and we were pissed) 2-0 would have achieved the same result. But in that game every time we touched the ball we scored. And we were about as much at risk as the US was in this game. 2-0. Accept it.

  17. I agree. Lichaj could be a delegation on the left side. Anything is better than what e have had. Bocanegra is far better in the middle at this point of his career.

    It will be interesting to see how Chandler fits with Dolo still at RB. Then again, both Dolo and Bocanegra will be long in the tooth by 2014.

  18. Thanks! I also predicted PAN 2-1 USA and SPN 4-0 USA . Just admit it; 12 goals vs 4 goals average.Effectiveness ratio ( I call it). The next one will be a loss vs a worst team also 2-0 vs next opponent

  19. Yes, really.

    Deflected goals count. Own goals count. Goals scored when the other team is a man down count.

    This is football not figure skating., There are no style points.

    Just goals.

  20. What evidence do you have that Adu is some kind of Wayne Rooney? You know, aside from performances 3 or 4 years ago?


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