USA vs. Jamaica: Live Stream, Start Time, Preview for 2014 World Cup Qualifier
The United States didn't do themselves any favors in 2014 World Cup qualifying with their loss to Jamaica on Saturday, but they will have a chance to avenge that loss on Tuesday.
Jamaica's victory over the United States puts them in sole possession of first place in Group A. There are still games to play, but that's encouraging for a squad ranked No. 60 in the world.
Momentum is in Jamaica's favor entering Tuesday's contest. The United State failed to capitalize on Clint Dempsey's opening goal, and they will have to tighten up if they want to turn things around in this one.
Let's preview this upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier.
When: Tuesday, September 11 at 8 p.m. EDT
Where: Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Live Stream: ESPN3 (blacked out in some areas)
Biggest Storyline: Can the United States Bounce Back?
The United States lost the first leg 2-1 on Saturday after Dempsey scored 35 seconds into the match. It was their first loss the United States' first loss to Jamaica.
Now, the pressure is on. The Americans must find their stride on Tuesday if they want to narrow the gap against the Group A leader.
The American side struggled after Dempsey started off the scoring, and they aren't a notorious world power. Jurgen Klinsman will be under some pressure on Tuesday to get this team back on the right track.
After Tuesday's contest, the United State will face Antigua and Barbuda. Jamaica will play Guatemala.
Player to Watch for United States: Clint Dempsey
Dempsey's goal 35 seconds into Saturday's match gave the American side hope for victory:
He's the best player the team has because of his versatility in the offensive third. He can control the ball or he can attack from the flanks. His experience in the English Premier League is also an advantage.
If the American squad wants to have success against the world's best teams, they will need top efforts from Dempsey consistently. They are the No. 33 team in the world, and they must play better to qualify for next year's regional final.
For that to happen, Dempsey must carry the offense.
Player to Watch for Jamaica: Rodolph Austin
Austin scored on a free kick to even the score on Saturday, and he is one of Jamaica's key cogs in the midfield.
The Reggae Boyz completely dominated the midfield in this one. The United States struggled to control the ball, struggling to find any consistency in the middle third.
Austin is strong, has EPL experience with Leeds United and displays excellent leadership in an important area of the field.
The United States must do their best to limit his touches on Tuesday.
Key Matchup: Jamaican Midfield vs. United States Midfield
The United States failed to control Jamaica's midfielders in the first leg on Saturday, and that must change if they want to win on Tuesday.
Jamaica was able to use their speed and physicality in the middle of the field to command the tempo on Saturday. They forced the Americans to play at their pace and limited their offensive opportunities.
Tuesday's game will come down to possession and quality scoring chances. The United States must win this battle if they want to increase the efficiency of their attack.
What They're Saying
Klinsman said, "Jamaica deserved that win. They were hungrier and they were more determined. We have to fix it now," in The Associated Press' report (via Yahoo! Sports) after the game.
He's a proud coach, and he obviously wasn't happy with his players' effort. His words were probably a little more harsh in the locker room.
Veteran goalkeeper Tim Howard echoed his coaches sentiments later in the report, saying "we have to do to do a better job with concentration. To give away six, seven free kicks in that area is not good enough."
It shouldn't take long to see what adjustments have been made on Tuesday.
Who will win this game?
The United States is hungry after their U-23 squad failed to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and history does not lie. This was Jamaica's first victory in 19 tries against their American opponents.
Look for Dempsey to continue his world-class effort and receive more support from his teammates. Howard is an excellent keeper, and he will keep Jamaica away from the net.
A disciplined game will equal victory for the United States.
Score: United States 2, Jamaica 1
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