USA Vs. Jamaica: Reggae Boyz More Cerebral, Less Direct - Black And Red United

The United States will have their hands full when they face Jamaica in a Gold Cup quarterfinal on Sunday. That the Reggae Boyz have gotten this far should not be a huge surprise, as they are as talented as any CONCACAF team outside of the USA and Mexico. This is nothing new, though, as Jamaica always seems to have talent to spare.

As Black and Red United points out, this Jamaican team is different from many of their predecessors:

Unlike past Jamaica squads, who gained a deserved reputation for being direct, physical, and somewhat unfocused defensively, this edition plays a somewhat more cerebral game. That's not to say they play slow, possession-based soccer; they just think things through a little more and pay better attention to both sides of the ball. Credit for that has to go to head coach Theodore Whitmore, who was a player on Jamaica's one and only World Cup team in 1998.

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