Soccer Outsider: Usa-jamaica Match Diary, Player Ratings

Do Saints stay undefeated? Post to Facebook USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions on USATODAY.com: Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs USA TODAY Sports’ Week 6 NFL predictions Staff report, USA TODAY Sports 10:42 a.m. EDT October 13, 2013 DeMarcus Ware (94) and the Cowboys hope to plant RG3’s Redskins on Sunday night. (Photo: Ronald Martinez, Getty Images) SHARE 10 CONNECT 5 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE If the Dallas Cowboys had merely split with the Washington Redskins last season, America’s Team would have reached the playoffs. But Robert Griffin III and Co. swept their way to the NFC East crown by beating the Cowboys for the second time in Week 17. The division looks wide open again with Cowboys, ‘Skins and Eagles all saddled with three losses but still within a half-game of each other. The Redskins didn’t get their first W until Week 4 then went on bye. But winning in Dallas on Sunday night just might give them sole possession of first place by Monday morning.

USA vs. Panama: Players to Watch at the World Cup

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Instead, Juergen Klinsmanns side became the story as they struck twice in injury-time to beat Panama 3-2 and end the home team’s hopes of a World Cup berth. The U.S. sides dramatic win also handed archrivals Mexico a lifeline. El Tricolor looked down and out after a 2-1 defeat to Costa Ricawho joined Honduras as the other automatic qualifiers from the regionbut Aron Johannssons last-minute winner for the U.S. in Panama City saw Mexico secure the one and only play-off spot. U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 16, 2013 It marked the third consecutive time USA have finished atop the CONCACAF World Cup qualification table, and their 22 points from 10 matchesequaledtheir previous highest Hexagonal total, which they achieved in 2005. Despite a relatively comfortable qualification campaign, the Stars and Stripes struggled on their travels at times with losses to Honduras and Costa Rica on the road. But with their place in Brazil cemented Klinsmann has eight months to plan his sides Rio assault. Heres a look at some of the best players at his disposal. Will USA qualify for the knock-out stages at next year’s World Cup? Yes Submit Vote vote to see results Will USA qualify for the knock-out stages at next year’s World Cup? Yes 1.4% Total votes: 485 After Egypts 6-1 first-leg playoff defeat to Ghana on Tuesday night, head coach Bob Bradleys dreams of Brazil have been all but extinguished, but things are looking significantly brighter for his son, Michael. Despite suffering an injury towards the end of Team USAs qualification campaign, Bradley Jnr. has been integral to his countrys World Cup hopes.

USA World Cup Roster 2014: Updates on 23-Man Squad and Starting 11 Projections

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32 – Maybe that laid-back Jamaican attitude is rubbing off on the US players. Or maybe they listened to Bob Marley and partook in some mood-enhancement medicine (were only one state over from Colorado!) before the match. Because our guys are moving pretty slowly. 37 – A terrible call gives Jamaica a dangerous free kick. The USA players are going to want to defend this well, because if Jamaica score then well have to start trying. 45 – Evans is down possibly from boredom? Half time: 0-0. Well, we wanted this match to be meaningless, and it is. This is still better than needing a result; Im sure Mexico would rather have a leisurely run-out than their nail-biting, sphincter-clenching match with Panama. 46 – Zusi comes in for Donovan. Donovan was underwhelming in the first half, but so was everyone else. I think Klinsmann pulled Donovan to show everyone that they have to perform. 50 – While were waiting for something to happen here, lets look at what happened in World Cup qualifying elsewhere.

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Roger Bennett of ESPN passed along comments from the head coach ahead of the final Hex match, and he didn’t hand automatic spots to anybody. Not even Clint Dempsey : There is no guarantee for anyone. Clint threw himself into a shark tank coming back (to MLS) and the expectations are above the clouds; his own expectations are the highest, and therefore it is a huge process he is going through right now. If the remarks came from any number of other managers, they would probably be seen as simply lip service to the fringe players still fighting for spots. With Klinsmann, however, he seems genuinely set on forcing every single player to work their way onto the squad regardless of their reputation. He forced Landon Donovan to showcase strong form with the Los Angeles Galaxy before bringing him back into the fold after a layoff. It send a message to every player hoping to make the final roster that their work is far from done. It makes for an interesting dynamic leading up to next summer. That said, it’s hard to argue with the results Klinsmann has produced, and it should provide every American player with a boost of motivation as they attempt to prove their worth to the squad. Projected Starting XI Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images The battle for starting spots remains very active.