Bienvenidos and welcome to RFK Stadium, where I get to hang with Goff and give you a live venue to comment on the game.
No better space to conduct a conversation about how the U.S. looks, where they go from here and debate the lineup choices and substitution decisions.
As Goff told you earlier, Landon Donovan is on the bench. The star midfielder arrived back in the D.C. area at 7 a.m. from his sister’s wedding in California, which explains why he is not in the first 11.
Clint Dempsey, who is in the starting lineup, returned at 2 a..m. from his sister’s wedding.
Oh yeah, and Freddy Adu is in the 18. Plenty to chat about.
FINAL: USA 2 - Jamaica 0. Today’s 4-5-1 looked so much better than it did when Bradley employed the formation against Argentina. Largely due to the fact that Bradley and Jones work so much better together now, and the three in front of them were combining and overlapping and moving so well together. Agudelo did well when he came in for the injured Altidore, and after not finid the net in the first half the U.S. got it done in the final 45 minutes. Credit to Dempsey and Jones — though his flop won’t get any applause. Quality win.
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90’+- The U.S. has been largely toying around with the ball since the second goal. Clearly in control, pushing forward and creating but pulling it back to keep possession when necessary. USA chants periodically breaking out.
80’ - GOAL! They get it right this time, though! Agudelo plays to Donovan who one-touches it back to Agudelo. The teenager crosses to Dempsey, who touches it around the goalkeeper and finishes. USA 2 - Jamaica 0.
79’ - Donovan and Dempsey mess up on a clear opportunity. Offisdes as goalkeeper becomes second to last defender.
77’ - Edu says hello with a nice shot that he looks to curl in. It goes just over the crossbar. U.S. would do well to find a second one.
75’ - Jamaica with a pair of subs since the red card. The U.S. counters with a sub of its own, Maurice Edu in for Jermaine Jones.
67’ - Jermaine Jones is in alone on goal but flops when Jermaine Taylor slides from behind. Taylor didn’t touch him, but the red card comes out. Awful flop by Jones and U.S. has man advantage.
65’ - Landon Donovan on for the U.S. for Bedoya.
61’ - Bedoya did well to get the ball back to Cherundolo, who crossed to Dempsey. His header from close range kept out by a phenomenal save from Ricketts.
60’ - The U.S. needed that goal and they remain firmly in charge here, holding possession and calmly looking to build. They’re in no hurry.
49’ - The Americans finally break through. Jermaine Jones with his first goal for the U.S. — a first-time right footed volley from 25 yards out that deflects off a Jamaican defender. USA 1 - Jamaica 0
48’ - Update on Jozy Altidore is a strained left hamstring.
46’ - We’re back on at RFK Stadium. No substitutions.
First half after the jump...
1’ - Jamaica kicks off and we are underway here at Estadio RFK. Altidore alone up top, Dempsey on the outside and Kljestan actually playing in the m iddle of a 4-2-3-1.
4’ - Jamaica nearly took a 1-0 lead and perhaps should have. Ryan Johnson’s shot from six yards was saved by Tim Howard, who bailed out his back line, and Luton Shelton made a mess of the open rebound. The shot went over the crossbar with Howard still scrambling on his goal line.
9’ - Jozy Altidore down on the field and is coming off on a stretcher. Not sure the issue.
12’ - Looks like Altidore is done for the day. Agudelo in for Altidore in the 12th minute.
13’ - Kljestan cross to Bedoya who heads back to Dempsey. A flying scissor kick forces a Ricketts save over the top. Quality chance. Then again in the 14th, with Dempsey creating but no U.S. player there to finish.
25’ - Less action to goal in the past 10 minutes than there was in the opening 15. The U.S. more methodical in its possession, but the build up is not resulting in much of a positive yield.
32’ - Jamaica passes on a clear shot that would have challenged Howard, and the U.S. comes back down the right sideline where Cherundolo's cross looking for Dempsey is nodded away.
35’ - Dempsey earns a free kick about 30 out. He’s been floating inside more as the U.S. struggles to hold the ball in the offensive third. And his free kick forces Ricketts to put it over the bar.
39’ - Agudelo checks back and holds the ball, sets up a Kljestan shot from distance that earns a corner kick.
40’ - Love Dempsey’s creativity, in the box. Look to get the ball on frame, or at least make an effort to do so. This time a bike, though the effort goes over the top.
41’ - This time Bedoya with a header that just misses the far post. Kljestan with the cross.
42’ - Agudelo does well to create, taking on defenders and shooting. Rebound leaves semi-open net, but Jones left-footed attempt goes off his own leg as he slides and out for a goal kick.
44’ - Bradley with a nice outside of the foot lead pass to Lichaj, who does so well to get forward. Lichaj looks to curl it to the far post but Ricketts makes the save. A goal feels like it’s coming. Can they get it before the half?
HALFTIME: The U.S. has once again dominated here but with no reward for their work. Altidore’s early injury forced a sub, but Agudelo did well to come in and create some chances. Dempsey floated inside more to be the creator, and Bedoya and Lichaj provided threats on the outside.
The early chance for Jamaica was all they got, but worrisome that once again the American started slowly. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a Donovan-for-Kljestan swap coming out of the break.
Here is the lineup again:
USA lineup: Howard; Cherundolo, Goodson, Bocanegra, Lichaj; Jones, Bradley; Bedoya, Kljestan, Dempsey; Altidore.
USA subs: Hahnemann, Ream, Bornstein, Adu, Edu, Donovan, Agudelo.
USA scratches: Spector, Onyewu, Wondolowski, Rogers.
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