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World Cup qualifying: USA 1, Jamaica 0


My match report from the USA’s 1-0 victory over Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier at Columbus Crew Stadium.


The CONCACAF Group A standings:

USA 7 points, +2 goal difference, 6 goals for

Guatemala 7 points, +2 goal difference, 6 goals for

Jamaica 7 points, +1 goal difference, 4 goals for

Antigua & Barbuda 1 point, -5 goal difference, 2 goals for

Remaining matches:

Oct. 12: USA at A&B, Jamaica at Guatemala

Oct. 16: Guatemala at USA (Kansas City, Kan.), A&B at Jamaica

Tiebreaker procedure:

Goal difference in group

Goals scored in group

Points earned in games against teams still tied

Goal difference against teams still tied

Goals scored against teams still tied

Away goals involving teams still tied

So because the USA scored in Guatemala during a 1-1 draw and the teams haven’t faced one another at a U.S. venue, the Americans technically have a slight edge on the Chapines. Jamaica is third because of a weaker overall goal difference. Antigua has been eliminated.


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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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