The United States has already qualified for next summer’s World Cup while Jamaica currently sits at bottom of the point standings and require a lot of assistance and LUCK to stand any chance of qualifying.
Jürgen Klinsmann and the United States enter today’s encounter against Jamaica free of pressure and concern thanks to securing their place in Brazil with a fairly comfortable win over Mexico during the last round of qualifiers.
It’s highly likely the US will be missing several regular starters due to injury. Captain Clint Dempsey was allowed to remain with the Seattle Sounders as he works back from a hamstring injury — he played in the second half of their loss on Wednesday night — while defender Omar Gonzalez pulled out of the team with a hip problem. Michael Bradley, Clarence Goodson, Herculez Gomez and John Brooks are all unavailable as well.
Forward Eddie Johnson’s status is in doubt after leaving training on Wednesday with an undisclosed groin or leg injury.
The Reggae Boyz are all but eliminated at this point, sitting four points behind Panama in the fourth place playoff spot. With Panama set to face fifth place Mexico, a win by the Reggae Boys combined with a draw in that match could give Jamaica a window of hope on the final day of qualifying.
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