The United States is on track to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Sitting in first place (14 points) at the midpoint of the 14-game schedule, and following a convincing home win against regional powerhouse Mexico, there are Little so that American fans are not feeling optimistic as the team heads to Jamaica for their final match. match.
But this could also turn out to be the most nerve-wracking part of qualifying, because fans who experienced the failed 2018 campaign realize, as does US head coach Gregg Berhalter, that the rest of the way will be a long way off. to navigate smoothly. Tuesday’s road trip to face a desperate team from Jamaica is the kind of test you’ll need to survive and avoid complicating things in the last seven games.
Jamaica (sixth, six points) is seven points out of the qualifying zone and five points away from the only wild-card spot in the playoffs. The Jamaicans will feel they should have three more points after allowing costly late goals to Mexico and El Salvador along the way. But with five of their last seven home games in Kingston, the Reggae Boyz know that a run in Qatar 2022 will come down to racking up wins at the National Stadium.
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This is the fourth time these teams have met this year, with the USA winning all three previous meetings: a 4-1 win in a friendly in Austria, a 1-0 win in the Cup quarter-finals. de Oro (83rd minute winner) and a 2- 0 qualifying win for October in Austin, Texas, with goals from teen sensation Ricardo Pepi (below).
But the Jamaicans came up short for that last game. This time its two biggest stars, Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) and Michail Antonio (West Ham), are expected to be on the field. And their first qualifying match against the USA will have a very special feel: The Reggae Boyz will play in front of fans for the first time on the 34th anniversary of the game in which they achieved their only World Cup appearance in a 0- 0 home draw against Mexico in 1997.
How to watch Jamaica vs. USA
- Date: Tuesday, November 16
- Weather: 5 pm ET
- TV channels: Universe
- Transmission: fuboTV, Paramount +
Jamaica vs. USA It will be broadcast on Universo (Spanish) and Paramount + (English) with the broadcast of Universo available through broadcast on fuboTV. New users can try fuboTV in a 7-day free trial.
5,000 fans are expected at Kingston’s National Stadium, about 15 percent of capacity. That’s even more than the Jamaicans had in their last two qualifying games at home, in which they failed to register a win.
Jamaica vs. USA lineups
In a must-win home game, the expectation is for Bailey and Antonio to start, and Berhalter said he’s planning it. Given how well the Jamaica team’s defense has been playing, manager Theodore Whitmore could stick with the same four defenders and refresh the two-man shield in front of them with Derby County’s Ravel Morrison potentially stepping in.
Jamaica’s starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Andre Blake-GK – Kemar Lawrence, Damion Lowe, Adrian Mariappa, Oniel Fisher – Devon “Speedy” Williams, Ravel Morrison – Leon Bailey, Kemar Roofe, Bobby Reid – Michail Antonio
Substitutes for Jamaica (12): Dwayne Miller-GK, Jeadine White-GK, Javain Brown, Alvas Powell, Greg Leigh, Liam Moore, Anthony Grant, Je-Vaughn Watson, Lamar Walker, Junior Flemmings, Cory Burke, Shamar Nicholson
With the injured Sergino Dest and Gio Reyna gone, Weston McKennie (yellow card) and Miles Robinson (red card) are out of the US by penalty, and both will leave important gaps. Kellyn Acosta and Mark McKenzie are projected to be possible replacements, but other personnel formulas are possible. The additional lineup rotation could include Reggie Cannon for DeAndre Yedlin at right back or Sam Vines for Antonee Robinson at left back.
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It will also be interesting if Christian Pulisic has a start, or if Berhalter rewards front row Aaronson-Pepi-Weah for his hard work against Mexico and stands his ground. Pulisic for Aaronson on the left, or Paul Arriola for Tim Weah on the right are possible trades.
US starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): Zack Steffen-GK – Antonee Robinson, Mark McKenzie, Walker Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin – Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams (ch.), Yunus Musah – Brenden Aaronson, Ricardo Pepi, Tim Weah
Alternate United States (12): Matt Turner-GK, Reggie Cannon, Chris Richards, James Sands, Joe Scally, Sam Vines, Gianluca Busio, Sebastian Lletget, Cristian Roldan, Christian Pulisic, Paul Arriola, Jesus Ferreira
Jamaica vs. USA: betting odds and prediction
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The US may be an all-time 19W-3L-8D against Jamaica, but it’s only an all-time 1W-1L-4D in the World Cup qualifiers against the Reggae Boyz, so historically this one has never It’s been an easy ride despite the point gap between the two teams. in the classification.
Another trend to watch out for: This young US team has proven to be the most tentative on the road thus far in qualifying, starting slow in each of the three games and failing to score in the first half. of the three road trips. so far. And it’s not just that the Americans failed to score, but they didn’t create many attacks in any of those games. In the previous three games against Jamaica this year, the United States has scored just one goal in the first half and that came in the friendly match.
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With Jamaica likely coming out of the gates strong and buoyed by their first crowd show, the US is likely to be on the defensive to start. It could take some time to adjust to the field, the playing conditions and the dangers posed by Bailey and Antonio, who face the United States for the first time in qualifying. For all those reasons, the most interesting play might be for the US to be left out in the first half (-105).
Choose: USA will not score 1st half (-105)
Prediction: Jamaica 2, USA 2
- Money line: Jamaica +500 / Draw +275 / USA -180
- Propagation (Asian handicap): Jamaica +0.5 (+135) / USA -0.5 (-185)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +125 / Under -165
- Both teams will score: Yes +115 / No -155
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.