Usa 2-0 Jamaica – As It Happened

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But touch still letting them down a little as Zusi fails to control a ball that Diskerud spreads out wide. Now a long ball forward for Altidore gives the Sunderland man, who’s also been quiet, too much to do. USA 0-0 Jamaica 7.40pm ET 48 mins US stroke the ball around the back a little before Mattocks sprints at them rather too fiercely and is penalized. Zusi has a real chance to impress tonight. Anything positive would stand out against what’s been a pretty drab backdrop so far. He gets an early chance to float a free kick in from out wide and it’s decent enough, though nobody was really attacking it convincingly and the ball breaks for a goal kick. 7.38pm ET The referee’s whistle wakes the stadium up and we’re off again. *SIGH* I miss Michael Bradley. Anyway Zusi’s arrival should make the home fans happy, and he can’t be more anonymous than Donovan was in the first half… 7.35pm ET Honduras That Honduras win means that at the very least they’ve qualified for the playoff game for finishing fourth, and with the USA and Costa Rica already qualified, Mexico really need a win tonight against Panama. Amazingly, Mexico still haven’t won at home in this round of qualifying. BTW Zusi is warming up and will come on for Donovan. 7.29pm ET Half time thoughts Well that was perhaps predictably lackluster from the USA, with only the slightly anxious contribution of Johannsson standing out, as he showed neat touches to make a couple of half chances only for nerves to apparently get the better of him. Elsewhere on the field it was more the lack of nerves or urgency that seemed to affect the USA, with Donovan in particular looking way off his game. Meanwhile Jamaica did well enough with the collective instruction to press high up the field, but beyond that, lacked the coherence or familiarity with each other (with eight changes, hardly unsurprising) to do any damage. Bedoya had a little space from time to time down the right without making any clear chances…and who am I kidding, other than Brad evan hoofing a loose ball off the line and Johannsson making then missing a chance in the box, there’s NOTHING happening. Here’s to a better second half.

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