USA vs. Jamaica: World Cup Live Score, Highlights, Recap
World Cup Qualifying: United States vs. Jamaica
United States 2-0 Jamaica
United States: Howard; Evans, Cameron, Besler, Beasley (Castillo 66'); Bedoya, Diskerud, Jones, Donovan (Zusi 46'); Johannsson (Kljestan 73'), Altidore
Subs: Guzan, Castillo, Orozco, Boyd, Kljestan, Zusi, Beckerman
Jamaica: Kerr; Doyley, Morgan, Mariappa, Phillips; McAnuff, Austin, Watson; Mattocks, Brown, Johnson (Anderson 85')
It took a while for the United States to get going, but they eventually saw off Jamaica in excellent fashion through goals from Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore.
The 2014 World Cup qualifiers have been completed, and America tops the Hex. It's a wonderful accomplishment for Jurgen Klinsmann's men, and the Yanks should go into Brazil with all the confidence of a side that are kings of their continent.
That's it for me, but do stick around for post-match reaction from myself and all of Bleacher Report's excellent writers. Have a great night.
90+2' Jamaica attempting one more last-ditch attack through a sea of American defenders.
It eventually comes to nothing, and Jermaine Anderson will receive a yellow card for a hard challenge on Alejandro Bedoya.
90+1' Ooh, brilliant chance for Edgar Castillo, who could have easily either scored or set up Altidore for another goal.
Slipped in on the left wing, he somehow poked the ball wide of the far post.
Three minutes of time left to play.
89' The Americans are back to their swashbuckling best, as Jamaica begins to roll over. Another cross into the box almost finds the feet of one of three attackers, but the ball is cleared.
Regardless, it's celebration mode for the Yanks.
85' Jamaica substitution
Jermaine Anderson replaces Johnson, the striker.
Jozy Altidore seals victory for the U.S.! It's his sixth consecutive goal when starting a game.
A horrible clearance out of the Jamaican defense found an alert Edgar Castillo on the left wing. He played a ball across the box to Altidore, who simply tapped the ball past a stranded Kerr.
It's all but over.
Graham Zusi gives the U.S. the lead!
The American attack looked doomed when Kljestan was forced wide by some scrambled passing, but he cut the ball back in desperation and found Zusi in the middle of the box. Zusi hit the ball across his body first-time and gave Kerr little chance of making the save.
76' Jamaica get a free-kick on the right side of midfield, and Tim Howard easily collects a ball that was suspended in the air for far too long.
The U.S. seems to be content to play at a relatively relaxed pace in midfield, which must anger Klinsmann mightily. There is obviously nothing that they can gain, on paper, from a win, but the capacity crowd in Kansas City deserves better.
74' Ooh, Mix Diskerud has a go on the half-volley from the edge of the penalty box and Altidore almost got a goalscoring touch on the ball.
One of the Americans' best, if fortuitous, opportunities of the game, and there have not been many.
73' United States substitution
Sacha Kljestan relieves Aron Johannsson, who had an excellent first half and a very tame second.
70' It's too bad that one of, if not the, best crowd I have ever seen at a U.S. men's national team game have had to sit through a largely boring 70 minutes of both teams exchanging possession.
Klinsmann should've told his players that there was a mathematical error and they haven't actually qualified yet.— dirtytackle (@BrooksDT) October 12, 2013
66' United States substitution
Edgar Castillo replaces DaMarcus Beasley. Castillo has some work to do to impress Jurgen Klinsmann during these last 20 minutes.
63' Ooh, extremely close there, but no one could apply the finishing touch.
Zusi lofted the ball into the box, where DaMarcus Beasley poked it toward Jermaine Jones, but he just could not get his foot out of a tangle of Jamaican legs and Kerr eventually collects the ball.
Jones then rips a threatening shot that thwacks off Johannsson before it has the opportunity to test Kerr.
61' The U.S. is pulling a bit of an Arsenal, but without all the technical pomp.
That is, they are playing the ball around the Jamaicans and not through them. However, the Yanks do not have the finesse to gradually ease their way through the opposition's defense.
57' There has been very little link-up play between the United States' midfielders and forwards, which should worry Jurgen Klinsmann.
Jozy Altidore prides himself on holding the ball up and dropping deep, and Johannsson has not yet formed a cohesive partnership with his fellow striker. Definitely something for the manager to work on in training and in pre-World Cup friendlies.
53' A promising piece of attacking play from Jamaica produces some worry on the right side of the American defense, but that's about it.
However, Diskerud gives the ball away in midfield and Tim Howard rushes out of his goal to cut down the advancing attacker. He catches the resulting corner, and danger is averted.
50' Donovan was very much anonymous in the first half.
Thought Zusi would come on at some point, but halftime sub for Donovan seems like a message to LD from Klinsmann.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) October 11, 2013
49' The Americans are moving the ball around with a bit more zip and attacking intent, but a wayward long ball intended for Graham Zusi stops the move in its tracks.
47' The second half is underway, and Graham Zusi has replaced Landon Donovan.
A relatively timid first half from both sides yields nothing on the score sheet.
Both sides had a few decent chances and came relatively close on a couple occasions. Jamaica has been the more aggressive team, Aron Johannsson has excelled and the United States has been quite tepid.
Back in a moment with more.
45+1' Only one minute of extra time.
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