US SOCCER NEWS — September 7, 2012 at 5:27 am

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica – World Cup Qualifying National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica


Sept. 6, 2012


U.S. RESUMES WORLD CUP QUALIFYING, CHASES HISTORY AGAINST JAMAICA: The U.S. Men’s National Team resumes 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying when it takes on Jamaica at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 7, in Kingston, Jamaica in the third match of group play in the semifinal round. Following historic results against Italy and Mexico, the U.S. is seeking to capture a victory in World Cup qualifying on Jamaican soil for the first time. The match will be broadcast live on beIN SPORT (DirecTV, DISH NETWORK). Fans can follow the match on’s MatchTracker for live updates and join the discussion around the game via Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA and Jamaica have identical 1-0-1 records in Group A play, with the U.S. holding the advantage in goal differential. Following the match in Kingston, the two teams square off again at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. That match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision (TICKETS). The U.S. will host a public training session at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Crew Stadium. Admission and parking are free.


Date Opponent Result/Time (ET) U.S. goalscorers/TV Venue
Jan. 21 Venezuela 1-0 W Ricardo Clark Univ. of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Jan. 25 Panama 1-0 W Graham Zusi Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama
Feb. 29 Italy 1-0 W Clint Dempsey Stadio Luigi Ferraris; Genoa
May 26 Scotland 5-1 W L. Donovan (3), M. Bradley, J. Jones EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.
May 30 Brazil 1-4 L Herculez Gomez FedExField; Landover, Md.
June 3 Canada 0-0 T BMO Field; Toronto, Canada
June 8 Antigua & Barbuda* 3-1 W Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Herculez Gomez Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.
June 12 Guatemala* 1-1 T Clint Dempsey Estadio Nacional Mateo Flores; Guatemala City
Aug. 15 Mexico 1-0 W Michael Orozco Fiscal Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico
Sept. 7 Jamaica* 9:30 p.m. beIN SPORT National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica
Sept. 11 Jamaica* 8 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3/Galavision Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio
Oct. 12 Antigua & Barbuda* 7 p.m. beIN SPORT Sir Vivian Richards Stadium; North Sound, Antigua
Oct. 16 Guatemala* 7 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3/Univision LIVESTRONG Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

*2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

GOALKEEPERS (4) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9) : Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4) : Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)



  • Eighteen players on the roster were part of the group that earned four points from the first two World Cup Qualifiers this past June, including all three goal scorers: Clint Dempsey (2), Carlos Bocanegra and Herculez Gomez.
  • A total of 20 players ply their trade abroad; the Premier League in England contributes five to the camp while Liga MX and MLS send four apiece. Leagues from nine different countries are represented.
  • Bocanegra is one of four players who have changed squads since the USA’s last match, a 1-0 win against Mexico in Mexico City: Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur) and Maurice Edu (Stoke City).
For more roster notes, visit


  • Carlos Bocanegra, the U.S. captain, is also the only member of the squad who played in the USA’s last visit to Kingston, a 1-1 draw in qualifying on Aug. 18, 2004. Brian Ching tallied in the 89th minute to rescue the point that day.
  • Three players on the U.S. roster earned their first cap against Jamaica, including two in the same game. Steve Cherundolo started in the USA’s 2-2 draw on Sept. 8, 1999, in Kingston, while both Clint Dempsey and Jonathan Spector appeared as subs in the 1-1 draw on Nov. 17, 2004, in Columbus.
  • The United States holds a lifetime record of 10-0-8 against Jamaica, with 31 goals scored and 10 surrendered. They have held the Reggae Boyz scoreless in precisely half of their meetings.
  • On Jamaican soil, the United States is 2-0-5 overall and 0-0-4 in World Cup qualifying.

For more USA-Jamaica and record book notes, visit




The Semifinal Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying for CONCACAF consists of three groups of four teams each, comprised of the top six seeds (USA, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Cuba) being split into three groups and joined by six previous group winners from the second round (Panama, Canada, El Salvador, Antigua & Barbuda, Guyana, Guatemala). The top two teams from each group advance to the Final Round, with that stage to be played from February through October 2013. The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while the fourth-place team would then play a two-game playoff against the champion of the Oceania region to determine the other World Cup-bound team.

The U.S. currently leads Group A with four points and holds the goal differential edge over Jamaica following a group-opening 3-1 victory against Antigua & Barbuda and a 1-1 draw against Guatemala.


Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
USA 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 4
Jamaica 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1 4
Guatemala 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
Antigua & Barbuda 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1


Group A Schedule
June 8
USA 3, Antigua & Barbuda 1
Jamaica 2, Guatemala 1


June 12
USA 1, Guatemala 1
Antigua & Barbuda 0, Jamaica 0


Sept. 7
USA at Jamaica
Antigua & Barbuda at Guatemala


Sept. 11
Jamaica at USA
Guatemala at Antigua & Barbuda


Oct. 12
USA at Antigua & Barbuda
Jamaica at Guatemala


Oct. 16
Guatemala at USA
Antigua & Barbuda at Jamaica


Jamaica Football Federation
Founded: 1910 (Joined FIFA in 1962)
Head Coach: Theodore Whitmore
FIFA Ranking: 60
Highest FIFA Ranking: 27 (1998)
Lowest FIFA Ranking: 116 (2008)
Best World Cup Finish: Group Stage (1998)

For Jamaica roster notes, visit -

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