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Jamaica vs. USA, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Brad Evans the hero in 2-1 win

The Reggae Boyz appeared to have stolen a late point in Kingston, but Brad Evans scored in stoppage time to seal a victory for the United States.

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Brad Evans steals the win for the USA in Jamaica

The Seattle Sounders midfielder scored a stoppage time winner for the USA, sealing a badly needed 2-1 win over Jamaica in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

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Jamaica vs. USA: Hosts on top, but no danger

Jamaica now clearly have the upper hand against the United States in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match, but they're still a goal behind and have yet to seriously test Tim Howard. Slick play in midfield won't get you very far when you can't beat the defenders, and the combination of Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler has proved too much for Ryan Johnson to successfully navigate.

But at least they haven't let the visitors kill off the game yet. The Americans are struggling to impose themselves, and until they get a second goal they'll always have to be afraid of Jamaica profiting from a mistake and coming back into the match. There's only fifteen minutes left now -- can the United States keep their hosts at bay and grab what would be a crucial three points? It's looking good so far.

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Jamaica vs. USA: Jermaine Jones suffers injury

Jamaica went into the break down 1-0, but they wouldn't have been too discouraged with the first half, especially after a long spell of pressure that put Tim Howard's goal under serious threat more than once. The hosts sprung out of the blocks in the second half, shooting just wide via Jermaine Johnson and then Austin Randolph. And the shots weren't all Howard had to worry about -- not for the first time in the match, the fullbacks were under severe threat.

Johnson caused serious problems when he blew past DaMarcus Beasley only to waste his chance and see his cutback cleared for a corner. The United States -- against the run of play -- replied with a corner of their own, and Jozy Altidore came close with an acrobatic effort at the far post that nearly caught out Donovan Ricketts. Just why the Reggae Boys decided not to mark the goalscorer is a bit of a mystery.

That was just a brief reprieve for the US. Jamaica went back on the attack, forcing another corner, and this time Jermaine Jones took a Daniel Gordon elbow to the head. The big midfielder stayed down, forcing a substitution. Stoke City's Geoff Cameron will be the man to replace him... which ok then.

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US leads Jamaica 1-0 at halftime

It was far from a perfect half, but the Americans will gladly go into the locker room with a 1-0 lead over Jamaica.

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Jamaica vs. USA: Altidore gives USA lead

Jozy Altidore had a goal ruled out for offside early, but that only appeared to galvanise the United States striker, who's been running around and trying to blow things up for much of the match. He managed to get the goal his play deserved on the half hour mark after good work from Graham Zusi on the right. The Sporting KC winger whipped in a cross, and Altidore snuck in between Adrian Mariappa and Daniel Gordon to head past Donovan Ricketts.

Jamaica haven't shown much sign of being able to reply. Tim Howard was forced into a save by Marvin Elliot, but that was a speculative effort from range more than anything. The only outlet the hosts seem to have is the battle between Garath McCleary and Brad Evans, who is not a right back. But even when Evans is beaten, Jamaica aren't really applying anything in the way of pressure. It's 1-0 USA, and it's deserved.

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Jamaica vs. USA: Visitors dominate first 15 mins

If there was any doubt whether the visitors would be feeling the pressure in Kingston, they were quickly dispelled. The United States started brightly, quickly pressing their flustered hosts back into their own half and forcing them into mistakes. It took less than two minutes for the first shot to come in, with Michael Bradley smacking a volley off the post and away after a poor clearance.

Donovan Ricketts had been well beaten by the midfielder's effort, and he stayed down, having injured his shoulder. Even though he managed to stay in the game, that apparent injury only encouraged the visitors to shoot from range; Jermaine Jones attempted to imitate Bradley's strike but saw the goalkeeper claim comfortably. Miscommunications and general incompetence ensured the Jamaica were being put under constant pressure, and although they occasionally broke out, the US have looked more likely to score in the first fifteen minutes of this match.

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Jamaica vs. USA underway

We're underway from Jamaica, where the United States are looking to avenge their September defeat against the Reggae Boyz. Jamaica is currently in last place in CONCACAF qualifying after Friday's loss to Mexico and is seriously in need of some points. The U.S. is currently in the top three and has two home games coming up, so has some margin for error.

Keep an eye on the Americans' left flank against the Jamaicans' right. Jamaica is starting an 18-year-old at right back, while the U.S. lineup is unorthodox. They're unchanged from their friendly win against Germany, but they started regular left back Fabian Johnson at left midfield, in front of left back DaMarcus Beasley, a natural winger.

In September, the biggest difference between the two teams was in the center of midfield, where the U.S. was badly outworked. Jürgen Klinsmann brought his team to Jamaica early to get acclimated to the climate, so they won't have any excuse for not being prepared for the weather.

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USA vs. Jamaica starting lineups

The United States and Jamaica face off on Friday night, and both teams badly need a result. Here are the starting lineups from Kingston.

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Neither Jamaica, USA can afford loss

A loss would be a downright disaster for either the United States or Jamaica as they play a rematch of the game that marked Jürgen Klinsmann's lowest moment as USMNT coach.

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USA travels to face Jamaica

The US will be out to get a better result than their last trip to Kingston as they face Jamaica in their first of three qualifiers over the next two weeks.

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Breaking down the USMNT's crucial June

The United States men's national team faces three World Cup qualifying matches in the next 12 days. If they win all three, they're all but headed to Brazil. If they don't, things get complicated.

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