By IVES GALARCEP
The U.S. Men’s National Team resumes CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying action tonight in Kingston when they face Jamaica in a vital match for both sides.
The U.S. have never won a qualifier in Jamaica, sporting an 0-4-1 record in five previous World Cup qualifiers played on the Caribbean island.
Jamaica have a tough task though, with several regular starters missing due to injuries, particularly in the back-line. The ‘Reggae Boyz’ inexperience on defense could prove costly against a U.S. attack that enters the match riding some confidence garnered after a 4-3 win vs. Germany last Sunday.
The U.S. have accrued four points from three qualifiers so far, and can give themselves a major boost with a road win tonight that would push them closer to the top of the CONCACAF HEX standings, as well as strike a critical blow to Jamaica’s chances of qualifying.
For a preview of tonight’s match, be sure to read SBI’s in-depth look at the match. You can also listen to the latest episode of The SBI Show for more insight into the match.
SBI will be providing live match commentary on tonight’s qualifier in Kingston so please feel free to follow the action Here. As always, you are welcome to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Live Commentary is after the jump):
Projection for how I am guessing it plays out……went game by game with projections for every team. Have us winning at home against Panama, Honduras and Jamaica. A draw on the road at Panama. Loses at home to Mexico and on the road to Costa Rica. I am very conservative by having both of those as loses. Even if we turn that loss to Mexico to a draw, then we would finish tied at the top of the group with Mexico with 18 points.
Just my opinion, with a lean towards being conservative.
Mexico 20 points
US 17 points
Costa Rica 16 points
Honduras 12 points
Panama 10 points
Jamaica 4 points
As I was walking from the bar to my car (wearing my US jersey, of course), a guy in a passing car yelled (in an American accent), “MANCHESTER UNITED! Wear a real jersey!”
I decided that’s my least favorite segment of the American soccer community: people who root for Brazil and Man U/Chelsea/Barca for no apparent reason. I wish all of them would switch to lacrosse or something.
Don’t worry bro, that’s the same dude who will wear a patriots jersey and 2 years from now will swear the “packers were always my team bro, and “I’ve been with the heat from day one, when they signed Lebron bro” completely oblivious that Alonzo mourning existed. They’re everywhere and all their friends hate them.
The MLS contribution is the amazing part. Who would have thunk that Zusi/Evans are the offensive engine and Duece is largely irrelevant? Good team win on the road.
Deuce was not “largely irrelevant”
Evans offensive engine? Ha!
The Hex after match day 4.33:
CRC – 7 pts (+2 GD)
USA – 7 (+1)
MEX – 7 (+1)
PAN – 6 (+2)
HON – 4 (-2)
JAM – 2 (-4)
MEX and JAM have played 5 matches
Despite all the craziness, we are pretty much right where we should be.
Definitely crazy: Evans at right back, Castillo at left mid, Jozy scoring, Boca & LD banished. But, it sure feels good to have 7 points right now.
As with everything else related to soccer in the US (players, coaching, refereeing, etc.) our TV announcers are a work in progress.
Phil Schoen has always bugged me with his obtuse word play, but I thought Cobi did a decent job. I imagine it’s not easy to sit in a small box watching a small TV screen next to PS and stay focused. It sometimes makes Ray Hudson loose his mind, in an entertaining way at least.
Klinsmann has delivered road wins in Mexico, Italy, and Jamaica
Spells of constant pressure
These guys are fighting for their positions
Look closely and you see how much quality MLS is providing the MNT
Amazing time for American football
Well said dawn.
So who starts for Zusi on Tuesday?? If Jones is out that would mean 2 new starters needed in midfield.
I’d imagine Eddie Johnson or Joe Corona in place of Zusi. I’d prefer Corona, but we’ll see, Klinsi has used EJ out there before. Grant Wahl tweeted a USSF statement that Jones does indeed have a concussion, so I doubt you see him on Tuesday. Probably see either Klejstan or Cameron. If it’s Klejstan, I think you see him more advanced and MB sit deep. If it’s Cameron, he sits deep and that gets MB forward more. Personally I’d take option two, but either one should be able to get the job done against Panama at home.
Donovan would come in real handy right about now.
Mexico 0 – 0 Panama
Costa Rica 1 – 0 Honduras
I believe the U.S. stays on top of the group due to goal differential with CR in 2nd
Already full from this heaping plate of crow, courtesy of Brad F******G Evans.
Not gonna naysay or nitpick about this one. HUGE win. Makes up for the loss in Honduras, just so long as we take care of our own business at home.
It’s nice to see Jozy and Zusi getting on the same page. Amazing how quick things can turn around for a squad.
I thought Cameron did an excellent job, but I would really like to see Holden in there for Bradley on Tuesday.
Bein sport is an absolute abortion. What a trash broadcast all across the board.
Yeah, this certainly wasn’t their best effort. I’m typically pretty pleased with their quality when it comes to broadcasting La Liga games, but coverage of USMNT away games has been spotty and tonight was the worst I’ve seen. They’ve got decent pieces – I think Cobi Jones and Tony Meola provide decent analysis on the pre and post, though Cobi doesn’t provide much during the live broadcast. And people can hate if they want, but I actually like Phil Scheon as the play-by-play guy.
However, the girl leading their coverage is iffy at best, their set is comical and everything about their on-site reporting was shabby. That, and the first half cut aways to highlights from the Chile – Paraguay game were absolutely inexcusable. Picture in picture? Ok whatever, but when you commit full screen to highlights of a different game for like 15 – 30 seconds at a time? Brutal.
Panama’s GK is tiny. Looks like castillo.
I am watching this post game on BeIN… and I think I just threw up in my mouth…
I NEVER thought I’d say this, but Taylor Twellman and Alexi are Gods compared to this rubbish..
My bein feed didnt even have a post game, lol. Once the game was over: “Bien Sport 2013. All rights reserved.”
It was awkwardly bad…
Also Zusi looks like he might be planning to make a habit out of feeding Jozy quality stuff.
F&#@ing BeIn Sport. Worthless. Had to watch a stream, so it was blurry but i thought we looked ok. A litttle lackluster sometimes but we got after it when we needed to i guess. Hilariously awesome that Brad Evans smoked that in.
Sorry didnt mean to cause controversy lol.
Yes, yes you did. But the good news is I was actually out watching the game and, ya know, enjoying the spectacle. Some folks like you will never be satisfied (see all above conversations) but hey, at least you accomplished one thing: you let us know what that A. stands for…..
No worries, Joe A. In fairness there are things our team needs to work on and I don’t think this team is the finished product just yet. There are places to be fought for and won.
But this is WCQing and in all honesty only the world elite get road points and look good doing it. The rest of us just have to do what we have to do to get the points on the road. It ain’t easy.
My beef was that it seemed like you too easily wrote off a hard fought and won 3 points as mere luck. That seemed a bit harsh for me.
In the end – no beef, just respect, man. I know you want more for this team as all of us do.
I appreciate that. Its ok to disagree in a civil manner.
Dempsey had horrible games. And no more Eddie Johnson!
Bradley carried the team, Tonight.
No more Eddie Johnson? The man makes easy stuff look hard and hard stuff look easy. Just wait until he blows past two guys with the ball at his feet on a dead-sprint 30-yard run. He can be frustrating and brilliant all in the same game! He can be on my USMNT any day.
Funny, I was just talking with EJ the other day and he said ‘no more Scott e Dio93.’
Some of the Jamaicans are super muscular.
That was Brad in a nutshell. I got home from work late, but REALLY wanted to see Brad get forward. Still, he’s sitting back, that’s what a right back is supposed to do with a 1-0 lead. Then they score and we have a corner. Brad Evans is in the box, because that’s where he needs to be. Brad Evans does what is necessary to wins games.
Evans talked crap about the Timbers to enhance the Cascadia rivalry and I, like every Timbers fan got my panties in a wad. Quickly got over that and realized, whatever, just beat them and make it hurt where it counts.
Brad, congrats. Tonight may very well be a pinnacle in you national team career. I hope not because these last two games you have showed so much heart. Good job boys, that’s a tough environment. And no, I am not the same Joe from above, I just want our boys to keep at it and win these next two to give them some breathing room heading into the latter half of the HEX.
EJ is just horrible at fast breaks,.. had a free shot but instead gets taken down like a puppet.smh You have to man up!
Beas and Evans were getting smash today. Jamaica could have taken it if they would have just continued to attack the wings.
Cameron is our best defender in the backline, is not even an argument.
Besl and Omar are garbage for now. I expect more from professionals. They’re clearly very inconsistent.
Bradley was horrible pushing forward. Bad decisions at times. Never the less, his one of our best players.
Jones seems to be our beast guy. Dude is all over. He’s the best we got in the middle.
Jozy had a decent game. I say he will start to score more often for us.
Zusi is a working machine, but sadly I don’t consider him NT material. Out of 25 crosses he attempts, maybe 2 get in the box. He’s that kind of player. Work rate is there, level isn’t there.
Ok game,… our D is horrible though… our best D has to be our offense. Keep possession and you will not be attacked. That should be our concept from now and on!
Huh? EJ stopped to kill the game. It should have been a red there just like the Jamaica goal was a offside.
right. everyone sucked. beating jaimaica in kingston is easy. have another beer.
I feel like you wrote this before the game and scheduled the post and went to bed! Zusi was very good. Calm on the ball, good decisions…if you make two perfect crosses a game, that’s all you need. (Although that “professional foul” that set up the free kick that led to the Jamaica goal was directly because he has no wheels.) Gonzalez has been shaky but a BUNCH of very strong 1-v-1, last defender heroics tonight.
Dempsey…I’d like to see how many passes he completed. Every pass he tried seemed to be either short or behind. I don’t get it.
I’m glad someone sees Zusi for what he is, and offensive version of Beckerman. He has a few moments, but he’s just not international quality. Yeah, he got an assist, but he was useless otherwise. He committed the foul that lead to Jamaica’s goal. Fortunately, he’ll be out against Panama now.
I’m assuming this is sarcasm. If so… +1?