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Big 3: Questions Heading Into USA vs. Jamaica


On a day in September that continues to weigh heavily on minds in this country. the United States will face Jamaica in mid-Ohio this evening. Rather than hash over the previous disappointment, here are what I feel are the looming questions entering tonight’s match where three points are nearly a must:

1) Can the United States solve the issue with service to the forward line without Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley in the mix?

2) Will Clint Dempsey have enough left in the tank to be of any use to the Americans this evening? 

3) Can the US improve their discipline in the danger area (25 yards in front of Tim Howard’s goal) against Jamaica, or will they continue to be drawn into numerous cheap fouls within range of goal? 

If you want to comment on any of these questions, or pose your own, use the comment section below. It’s going to be a nervous-yet-fun night in Columbus.

Please listen in to Daniel Feuerstein’s show this evening, as we will have full coverage pre- and post-match for this pivotal match in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Group A. The prematch begins at 7:30 PM, and the aftershow will start at 10 PM. Follow those links to get in on the action, as there should be a chat room and phone-in number to get in on the discussion.

And for those who listen to the MLSTalk Podcast, we will be delaying production until Wednesday night in order to incorporate this evening’s result into our analysis. Expect a new episode of the MLSTalk pod for your drive into work!


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  1. BA14

    September 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I like how USA looked prior to getting the goal but after that we
    looked poor again. That’s when the USA should have picked Jamaica

  2. CTBlues

    September 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Was wondering why the USMNT keeps playing qualifying games in
    Columbus? Is it because they think not too many foreigners will
    travel to the area and that they can pretty much guarantee a pro US
    crowd or is it because the stadium can only hold 20k and it has a
    better chance of selling out and look better on TV? There is ONE
    stadium in the northeast that has a grass pitch Rentschler Field
    and it stays grass so soccer can be played on it and there has been
    five soccer games played there one was USWNT vs China for a
    Olympics warm up in 2003, Celtic vs Liverpool in 2004, USMNT vs
    Trinidad and Tobago in 2005, USWNT vs Norway in a 2007 WWC warm up,
    and USMNT vs Czech Republic in 2010 WC warm up. Today would have
    been a perfect night for a WC qualifying game at The Rent, chilly
    tempertures for this time of year, Uconn is on the road this coming
    weekend so the field could have been converted fully to soccer, and
    it holds 40k and the last time the USMNT came the place sold out.
    The last two games that were to played there were Jamacia vs
    Liberia then Jamacia vs Kenya, but both were canceled because
    enough tickets weren’t sold, hmm I wonder why. If you want a
    Jamacia friendly without the US played in the US play the game in
    NYC or NJ.

  3. Charles

    September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    The biggest question isn’t whether we are in trouble now. Probably
    no, but it could make it more nerve wracking. It is, if there is an
    injury to a key guy, are we ok. Last Friday the answer looked like
    no, we are terrible. We will see if we can move that to maybe not
    after tonight.

  4. The original Tom

    September 11, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    It will be nervous-yet-fun night. After looking at the standings
    though, it is not a must win, or even a must-not-loose game. US and
    Guatemala are both on 4 points. If the US looses and Guat wins away
    Antiqua, and both win their following games (Guat at home to
    Jamiaca, US away to Antiqua), we are still within 3 points of
    Guatamala at home in the final game. Tie breaker is goal average,
    currently both are the same.______________ Certainly, if they don’t
    win this game, the last two games are must win; but should be

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