USA vs. Jamaica, World Cup qualifier

(By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

The Office is open for business.

Nine months since a shock loss to the Reggae Boyz here at Kingston’s National Stadium, the U.S. national team is back for a return engagement.

The Americans see a grand opportunity to claim three away points against a wounded and desperate Jamaican side. Victory would ease the pressure a bit ahead of the home qualifiers against Panama and Honduras. With two points through four matches, the Boyz can’t afford anything less than a triumph.

Just a bit over the top, Jamaican Football Federation President Horace Burrell told the Star: “As a military man going into war, you do not think of death, you think of winning the war and hoisting your flag on top of the mountain. At this point in time I am thinking of hoisting the flag in the middle of The Office on completion of that game.”

Kickoff: 9:30 p.m. ET.

TV: beIN Sport (English language channel only).

Mexico at Panama begins at 10 p.m. on Telemundo. The Costa Rica-Honduras affair is also at 10, on beIN Sport Spanish.

Lineups and subs to come.

USA: Howard; Evans, Gonzalez, Besler, Beasley; Jones, Bradley; Zusi, Dempsey, F. Johnson; Altidore. Subs: Guzan, Hall, Parkhurst, Goodson, Cameron, Castillo, Holden, Corona, Kljestan, Davis, E. Johnson, Boyd. Not in uniform: Williams, Gomez.

JAM: Ricketts; Powell, Gordon, Mariappa, Woodbine; McCleary, Elliott, Austin, Hue, J. Johnson; R. Johnson. Subs: Miller, Blake, Phinn, Beckford, Williams, K. Daley, Mattocks, Taylor, O. Daley, Lynch, Watson, Robinson.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame thoughts are welcome in the comments section.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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