Friday night, June 7th, the United States Men’s National Team left Jamaica with a win, just as I was pleading for several days ago. Jozy Altidore scored yet again for the United States, 30 minutes into the game with an exceptional header and gave his country a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. But with just moments left in the game, Jamaica scored an 89th minute goal to even the score at one. It seemed almost certain the Americans would leave Jamaica with a draw, but considering their history of last minute goals, anything was possible. Of course with just a minute later, the United States defender, Brad Evans, scored in the box with a turning shot, stunning the Jamaicans in Kingston with a 2-1 victory.
The game winning goal by Evans was huge for the USMNT and puts them near the top of the CONCACAF 2014 World Cup Qualifying Standings, tied for 1st place. It almost turned into a disappointing night for the Americans, but with that goal, they leave happy. United States coach, Jürgen Klinsmann has to be pleased with his teams fight, despite giving up that late goal on the road in Jamaica.
Mexico played Panama in a scoreless draw and Costa Rica defeated Honduras 1-0. Mexico and Jamaica are the only two teams in CONCACAF qualifying that have played more games (5 games played) than the other four teams (4 games played). The loss for Jamaica was a crushing blow and now leaves them even further at the bottom of the standings, with just two points in five games.
* Here are highlights from the USA vs. Jamaica game
2014 World Cup Qualifying CONCACAF Standings:
- Costa Rica – 7 points
- United States – 7 points
- Mexico – 7 points
- Panama – 6 points
- Honduras – 4 points
- Jamaica – 2 points
(Top 3 teams advance to the 2014 World Cup, while the 4th place team goes into a playoff with New Zealand)
The next set of 2014 World Cup CONCACAF Qualifying games are on June 11th
- Mexico vs. Costa Rica
- Honduras vs. Jamaica
- United States vs. Panama
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