It’s only the fourth of 14 World Cup qualifying matches the US men’s national team will play, but Thursday’s home game against Jamaica is important. Costly points dropped at home cost the US a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and after drawing Canada 1-1 in Nashville, Tennessee last month, the Americans need all three points against Jamaica. in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
The Reggae Boyz are short-staffed and last in the eight-team CONCACAF World Cup standings with a single point – only the top three book a ticket to Qatar in 2022 and the fourth-place team can play. in one play. in series, but will continue to be a challenge. Jamaica has always played tough against the United States and kept the Americans scoreless until the 83rd minute in their recent Gold Cup quarter-finals.
Additionally, the USMNT will be missing three key players – Christian Pulisic (ankle), Gio Reyna (hamstring) and John Books (back) – due to injury, and they are a young team that is still finding its way. All eyes will be on 18-year-old forward Ricardo Pepi, who has fans excited after his exploits last month, and Weston McKennie, who returned from last month’s suspension and is a starter.
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USA vs. Jamaica: starting lineups
Gregg Berhalter gives Matt Turner the start as goalkeeper over Manchester City reserve Zack Steffen and Pepi has a second straight start. Walker Zimmerman gets the nod on Chris Richards in center back and Yunus Musah is thrown straight into the starting eleven after needing a follow-up COVID-19 test.
US starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Matt Turner-GK – 5-Antonee Robinson, 12-Miles Robinson, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 2-Sergino Dest – 6-Yunus Musah, 4-Tyler Adams (c), 8-Weston McKennie – 11-Brenden Aaronson, 16-Ricardo Pepi, 7-Paul Arriola
Alternate United States (12): 13-Zack Steffen-GK, 22-Shaq Moore, 21-George Bello, 18-Mark McKenzie, 15-Chris Richards, 14-Luca de la Torre, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 10-Cristian Roldan, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 20 -Tim Weah, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 19-Matthew Hoppe (Note: Gianluca Busio, Sean Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin did not make the team of the day)
As mentioned, the Reggae Boyz are understaffed. According to local reports, three players based in England will be missing due to injury: Ethan Pinnock (Brentford), Liam Moore (Reading) and Daniel Johnson (Preston North End). That adds to the fact that Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) and Michail Antonio (West Ham) are already out. But Jamaica remains optimistic. “We have enough quality in the team to beat these Americans,” said the assistant coach. Paul Hall told the Jamaica Observer.
Jamaica’s starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-Andre Blake-GK – 20-Kemar Lawrence, 17-Damion Lowe, 19-Adrian Mariappa, 5-Alvas Powell – 22-Devon “Speedy” Williams, 15-Jevaughn Watson – 21-Tyreek Magee, 10-Bobby Reid, 9-Jamal Lowe – 11-Shamar Nicholson
Substitutes for Jamaica (9): Dillon Barnes-GK, Jeadine White-GK, Javain Brown, Oniel Fisher, Jamoi Topey, Junior Flemmings, Javon East, Andre Gray, Kemar Roofe
How to watch USA vs. Jamaica
- Date: Thursday October 7
- Weather: 7:30 pm ET
- Television channel: ESPN2
- Spanish television: Univision, TUDN
- Transmission: fuboTV, ESPN +
The qualifier for the World Cup between the United States and Jamaica will be televised in English (ESPN2) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN). Those networks are available to be broadcast on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial for new users.
The game will take place at a sold-out Q2 stadium in Austin, Texas. It will be the first USMNT game at the venue, which opened in June. The United States women’s national team played the first game at the venue.
USA vs. Jamaica: betting odds and prediction
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Choose: United States -1.25 Asian Handicap (-140)
The USMNT is the clear favorite to win the match and the only question is how many goals the Americans will score. Jamaicans will play defense first and when they are in their game and goalkeeper Andre Blake is blinded, they can hamper the best teams (see the opening game against Mexico). They have also capitulated in other parties.
Even with a decimated Jamaican team, it’s best to steer clear of goal totals. Because the sides cannot be played, the focus is on the spreads market. Looking for some insurance in case Jamaica has one of those games, the recommended play is USA -1.25 Asian Handicap, which returns you half of your bet if USA only wins by one goal.
Prediction: USA 3, Jamaica 1
- Money line: United States -330 / Draw + 425 / Jamaica +750
- Spread: USA -1.5 (+100) / Jamaica +1.5 (-120)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -130 / Under +105
- Both teams will score: Yes + 120 / No -160
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.