The USA vs Jamaica match will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 (6:30 PM) at the Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. The Jamaicans are coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss at home against Mexico, where the Reggae Boyz looked flat and uninspired. They will face a resurging USMNT that is motivated by its surprising 4-3 friendly victory over Germany.
Jamaica currently has 2 points earned out of 4 matches played so far, they cannot afford to drop any points against the USMNT. A loss would leave them at the bottom of the standings, and basically condemn them to another 4 years without making a World Cup appearance. The Reggae Boyz must play the USA vs Jamaica match with more intensity than what we saw on Tuesday against Mexico. A loss would be devastating for Jamaica’s hopes.
To further complicate things for the Jamaican side, their offense has simply been atrocious, they have scored a single goal in 4 matches. Although they will face a USA squad that allowed 7 goals through 2 friendly matches, Jamaica doesn’t come close to having the powerful attacking skills that Belgium and Germany do. Jamaica has to play with heart, the fans will need to support and encourage them, and they need the USMNT to have an off day.
The USMNT under Klinsmann has not traveled well in the CONCACAF qualifiers. The US squad already lost at Honduras, and pulled off a near miracle 0-0 draw against Mexico. Yes, a point at the Estadio Azteca is a golden point, but the USMNT bunker-ed up for 90 minutes, without attacking, and were fortunate to see Mexico miss so many scoring opportunities. Against Jamaica, Klinsmann should take advantage of the opportunity and go for the 3 points.
Jamaica is the minnow if the Hexagonal, the Reggae Boyz have displayed an uninspired style of soccer through 4 matches. The USMNT needs to carry the momentum from the victory over Germany and go after the first away win in the Hexagonal, a key victory which would boost the morale of a USMNT squad that needs it.
USA vs Jamaica Prediction
The USA vs Jamaica match should turn out to be a victory for the USA. The USMNT has the superior talent, including a Jozy Altidore that finally found the net while wearing the USMNT jersey. Jamaica has not been playing well, they are uninspired, Coach Whitmore is already under heavy pressure, and even the crowd seemed distant in the previous home game against Mexico. It’s all up to Klinsmann, will he take a defensive approach looking for a draw, or will he go after the 3 points, which are well within the USMNT’s reach?
I predict that the USA vs Jamaica match will end in a 2-1 victory for the USA, Jamaica has simply been playing too poorly to put up resistance against the talented US squad. Let’s hope Klinsmann doesn’t mess this up for the USA…
USA vs Jamaica 2013 Television
The USA vs Jamaica match will be televised on beIN Sport this Friday, June 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM Pacific.