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2 vs 1
USA
USA
Played
September 7, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
Independence Park — Kingston
Referee:‬ M. Rodríguez‎
Attendance:‬ 25000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Jamaica 2-1 USA

The U.S. suffered its first-ever defeat to the Reggae Boyz in a disappointing road showing.

By Seth Vertelney

  • Tim Howard
    7
    7
    2.50

    Tim Howard

    Wasn't called upon much and when he was, Jamaica's free kicks were unstoppable. First, a wicked deflection left him stranded and then Luton Shelton's perfectly placed shot left him no chance.

  • C. Goodson
    9
    2
    2.50

    C. Goodson

    Had one giveaway but otherwise looked fairly solid on the night. Covered well for Cameron.

  • Fabian Johnson
    9
    4
    3.00

    Fabian Johnson

    Did a decent job neutralizing Jamaica's threat down the right flank but didn't do enough to get himself involved in the attack, with the USA desperate for some width on the flanks.

  • Geoff Cameron
    13
    1
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Again showed he belongs at the international level with a poised display. He appears secure as a starting center back going forward.

  • Michael Parkhurst
    10
    6
    3.00

    Michael Parkhurst

    Fared well in place of the injured Cherundolo, as Jamaica didn't threaten much on the left flank and almost got an assist as Dempsey's shot was saved off his cross

  • Jermaine Jones
    4
    19
    1.50

    Jermaine Jones

    Not a good night for the Schalke man. Looked uncomfortable with the ball in a more wide role than he's used to and lost the ball too many times. Put in his usual share of rash challenges, too.

  • Kyle Beckerman
    6
    20
    2.00

    Kyle Beckerman

    Playing at the base of Klinsmann's midfield diamond, Beckerman's passing wasn't at its usual high level. Subbed after an hour

  • Maurice Edu
    6
    14
    2.00

    Maurice Edu

    Edu's best contribution on the night was a pass to Gomez to help set up Dempsey's goal, but was culpable in giving away a rash foul that led to Shelton's winner.

  • Clint Dempsey
    17
    7
    3.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Showed little sign of rust as he scored the quickest goal in US qualifying history. Faded towards the end as his lack of match sharpness showed.

  • H. Gómez
    11
    5
    2.50

    H. Gómez

    His persistence led to the USA's opening goal, but struggled to impose himself on the match thereafter.

  • Jozy Altidore
    10
    11
    2.00

    Jozy Altidore

    Anonymous. Wasn't helped by a lack of service, but didn't contribute in the few times he did get the ball. Removed for Boyd with 20 minutes to play

Substitutions

  • Brek Shea
    11
    3
    2.00

    Brek Shea

    Added energy in the final 20 minutes, but didn't find that killer pass. Could start on Tuesday

  • Daniel Williams
    9
    3
    2.50

    Daniel Williams

    Got a half hour to finally play in a more comfortable defensive midfield role after Klinsmann insisted on playing him wide.

  • Terrence Boyd
    6
    5
    2.00

    Terrence Boyd

    Much like Altidore, was mostly anonymous in his 20-minute cameo, as he was starved for service

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