COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Fabian Johnson #23 of the U.S. National Team and Tim Howard #1 of the U.S. National Team celebrate their 1-0 win over Jamaica on September 11, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

USA Vs. Jamaica: Herculez Gomez Wins It For USMNT

The United States struggled to hold onto their lead late, but were the better side than Jamaica on Tuesday and deserved their 1-0 win in Columbus.

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USA Vs. Jamaica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Final Score, Herculez Gomez Gives USMNT 1-0 Victory

In a game of three distinct segments, the United States got the result they needed in Columbus, even if they made their fans sweat through the end of the match. A dominant first half didn't produce any goals, but Herculez Gomez became his country's hero with a great free kick goal in the second half. The United States continued to play well immediately afterwards, but nearly threw the game away late.

The final 20 minutes were nervy ones for U.S. supporters, as Jurgen Klinsmann's substitutes failed to keep possession. Jamaica couldn't create clear chances, however, and the United States defense did their part to hold onto a 1-0 victory.

Klinsmann's men started strong in the opening minutes, but it took them until 20 minutes into the match to truly assert their dominance. Steve Cherundolo had a shot deflected, then barely saved onto the post by Dwayne Miller in the 20th minute. One minute later, Miller came up big again to deny Graham Zusi from close range.

Danny Williams struck the post in the 30th minute with a wicked long-range effort that beat Miller, but just missed sneaking inside the net by inches. At that point, it looked like luck just might not be on the side of the Americans. Miller was brilliant in the first half, while the USMNT hit the post three times.

In the 55th minute, Jamaica's luck run out and Miller finally made a mistake. Gomez placed a great direct free kick at the near post, but Miller did manage to get across and get his hands to it. Unfortunately, he couldn't keep the ball out and failed to make what was his easiest save of the night up to that point as the ball went between his hands and into the back of the net.

The next 15 minutes went well for the United States, but as Klinsmann made substitutions and players got tired, their play became sloppy. Brek Shea was the first substitute, entering the match for Jose Torres. Maurice Edu and Jozy Altidore also came in, replacing Zusi and Gomez. The latter two players looked a bit rusty and gave the ball away routinely, while Clint Dempsey looked absolutely gassed and also gave the ball away regularly.

Those questionable substitution choices and the Americans' fatigue led to a number of nervy moments at the end of the match, but Tim Howard and the American back four were up to the task, preventing Jamaica from turning any of the midfield's giveaways into scoring opportunities. For all the nervous moments for the USMNT at the end, Jamaica never really looked like scoring, and the United States held onto their 1-0 win comfortably.

You can find our previous coverage of the game in our USA vs. Jamaica StoryStream and you can get all of your U.S. soccer coverage at Stars and Stripes FC.


USA Vs. Jamaica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Halftime Score 0-0, But USMNT Dominant

The United States have put in a dominant half against Jamaica, but they haven't found the net. For all of their possession and solid chances, it's still 0-0 after 45 minutes of play in Columbus.

From the outset, it was obvious that this game was not going to unfold the same as Friday's match in Kingston. The United States' introductions of Graham Zusi, Jose Torres and Danny Williams signaled a stronger commitment to holding possession in Jamaica's defensive third, and they did just that for most of the half.

Zusi got the Yanks off to a brilliant start with their first real opportunity of the match, a great long shot that hit the crossbar. It would be one of three United States shots in the first half to hit the woodwork.

Herculez Gomez, up top on his own with Jozy Altidore on the bench, looked lively throughout the half and had a great chance 12 minutes in. On a long ball over the top, he appeared to beat the defense and took a great first touch, but Nyron Nosworthy made a spectacular recovery to poke the ball away from him.

Around the 20th minute, the United States started dominating while simultaneously getting very unlucky on multiple occasions. Steve Cherundolo unloaded on a shot that took a deflection, creating a tough save for Dwayne Miller. He made the first of two brilliant saves in a two-minute period, barely tipping the ball onto the post. One minute later, he denied Zusi at the back post following a deflected shot by Fabian Johnson.

Danny Williams almost netted an absolute stunner in the 30th minute. During a very long spell of prolonged possession for the U.S., Jamaica gave him too much space on the ball and allowed him to step into a shot from 30 yards out. He beat Miller, but his shot struck the inside of the post and bounced clear.

It's been a great 45 minutes of football from the United States, but things just haven't bounced their way. If they continue to play the same way in the second half, it would be absolutely stunning if they weren't able to nick a goal. Jamaica aren't nearly as sharp on the counter as they were on Friday, nor are they as effective pressing in midfield. This is the United States' game to win.

You can follow live coverage of the game in our USA vs. Jamaica StoryStream and you can get all of your U.S. soccer coverage at Stars and Stripes FC.


USA Vs. Jamaica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Lineups

There isn't much else to say for the United States besides that tonight's match versus Jamaica is a must win. The Reggae Boyz beat them in Jamaica and took away their margin for error. Now they are facing the possibility of not qualifying for the final round of World Cup qualifying, let alone the World Cup itself. That's right, the U.S. might be out of the 2014 World Cup in 2012.

The U.S. was overwhelmed in the midfield on Friday. Once the Jamaicans took away their short passes they were out of ideas and nobody in their three-man midfield was capable of pushing forward with any success. In response to that, Jurgen Klinsmann has opted for Graham Zusi and Jose Francisco Torres in the midfield this time around, giving theem more skill and more forward thinking midfielders.

United States: Howard; Cherundolo, Cameron, Bocanegra, Johnson; Jones, Williams; Zusi, Dempsey, Torres; Gomez.

Jamaica: Miller; Palmer, Nosworthy, Mariappa, Taylor; Watson, Austin, Morrison, Shelton; Johnson, Cummings

We'll have live coverage of the game in our USA vs. Jamaica StoryStream and you can get all of your U.S. soccer coverage at Stars and Stripes FC.


USA Vs. Jamaica, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Game Time And TV Schedule

The United States is in a near must-win situation on Tuesday when they take on Jamaica in Columbus.

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