World Cup Qualifying: USA-Jamaica Preview
The United States will be hosting Jamaica this Friday in their ninth World Cup Qualifier in the Hexagonal round. With 16 points, a win would cement group leadership as they have already clinched a Group Stage berth in next Summer’s tournament. This is a game that is expected to end in a U.S. victory.
The Jamaicans have played eight games thus far and have been unable to record any wins. In fact, they are even when it comes to draws and losses at four. One of the games they lost was against the U.S. on home soil thanks to a stoppage time winner from Seattle left-back Brad Evans. That is a game they will definitely look to avenge in order to grab at least one victory for consolation.
The U.S. have called up the likes of Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, Jozy Altidore, Tim Howard and Mix Diskerud to assist in these final qualifiers even though they are in already. Perhaps coach Jurgen Klinsmann is hoping that these specific players will still play at their best to prove that they all deserve spots on the final World Cup roster.
This will be a game where Aaron Johansson will want to score above all else due to his blistering form for his club, AZ Alkmaar. He has been scoring at will in the Dutch Eredivisie and needs to start scoring for his country ahead of the biggest tournament of his life. If he does manage to score a goal or perhaps even the winner, he can possibly be given the nod to start ahead of the likes of Altidore and Clint Dempsey in due time.
Prediction: USA 2 — Jamaica 1
The home side scores two of their many chances while the visitors grab a consolation late in the second half. The U.S. will learn a lot ahead of the visit to Panama, which is a place where they have difficulty winning big games.