The USMNT will play their second game under the second reign of Bruce Arena this Friday, February 3, 2017 (4:00 PM Pacific) when they face Jamaica at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee for an International Friendly match. The Americans are coming from a disappointing 0-0 draw against the Serbian National team at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Serbia utilized a core of domestic league players with only two players exceeding the age of 25 against Bruce Arena’s side. The US players were not clinical with their opportunities and several players like Jermaine Jones felt the ware of not playing in a competitive match in months. Bruce Arena will be without Jermaine Jones or Sacha Kljestan for this match which could make way for more inexperienced players to crack the starting 11.
It was also mentioned that Santos Laguna’s Jorge Villafana could be starting for Bruce Arena on Friday in Chattanooga. The standout player for Arena in their match against Serbia was Liberian-born, Darlington Nagbe. The Portland Timbers midfielder was easily the best player on the pitch for Bruce Arena as he contributed to nearly every scoring opportunity the USMNT had. Coming into this game at the Finley Stadium he will be the main player to watch as his rapid pace and good distribution of the ball could lead to several goals for the American-side.
Jamaica are already mathematically knocked out of World Cup qualifying for the 2018 competition. They will also be without their main players who militate in European clubs for the match, with their main core of players coming from the MLS. Players like Andre Blake, Oneil Fisher, Omar Holness, Kemar Lawrence, Alvas Powell, Je-Vaughn Watson and Romario Williams will be the core of the Caribbean side.
The last match the USMNT played against Jamaica resulted in a shocking 2-1 victory for the islanders in the semi-finals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The game should serve as good preparation for Bruce Arena’s side for future World Cup qualifying matches against CONCACAF opponents. The USMNT should be the dominant team in this match, but they will not be if they play the same as they did against Serbia.
How to Watch USA vs Jamaica
The USA vs Jamaica match will be broadcast this Friday, February 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM Pacific:
TV Schdule: Fox Sports 1, UniMas, Univision Deportes
Watch Online: Fubo TV (Watch 24 Hours Free), Sling TV (Watch 7 Days Free)