The U.S. Men's National Team face Jamaica in the third round of World Cup qualifying on Friday, as the Americans attempt to win their first ever match on Jamaican soil.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said the mindset is to win both the road match and the home game on Sept. 11 at Columbus Crew Stadium. A sweep might be difficult considering the U.S. will be without three prominent players.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann leads his team against Jamaica without starts Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan.
Landon Donovan, who can play either attacking midfielder or forward, remains sidelined with a hamstring strain, and was not named to Klinsmann's 24-man roster for training camp. The U.S. will also be without midfielders Michael Bradley and Stuart Holden.
Clint Dempsey, who recently transferred from Fulham to Tottenham, may not be fit, as well. Klinsmann will likely have to rely on Kyle Beckerman, Maurice Edu, and Jermaine Jones as the key midfielders against Jamaica.
Klinsmann's side made history on Aug. 15 when the U.S. finally earned a victory against Mexico on Mexican soil. The German-born coach may believe his current squad has momentum from that friendly match as the U.S. prepares for four games in roughly five weeks.
The U.S. defeated Antigua and Barbuda in their first third-round qualifying match, but followed that up with a draw at Guatemala.
Jamaica is led by striker Luton Shelton. The 26-year-old has played a bulk of his professional career in Europe, and currently plays for Turkish squad Karabukspor. Shelton has 33 goals in 67 appearances for Jamaica.
Of Jamaica's 22 players, eight play in Major League Soccer. Defender Jermaine Taylor, who plays for the Houston Dynamo, is second behind Shelton in caps, with 61. Taylor is joined in defense by Lovel Palmer of the Portland Timbers, and Shavar Thomas of the Montreal Impact.
Jamaica only has one loss in six matches in 2012, and defeated El Salvador on the road on Aug. 15, 2-0.
The U.S. and Jamaica each have 1-0-1 records in Group A play, but the U.S. leads on goal differential.
The U.S. - Jamaica match starts at 8 p.m eastern time. The game will be broadcast live on beIN Sport (DirecTV and DISH NETWORK) but can viewed online here at the viewer's discretion.
Prediction: Jamaica 0 - 0 U.S.
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