U.S. national team 2012 year in review
2. Worst game: Sept. 7 at Jamaica
The USA got off to a dream start in a World Cup qualifier in Kingston, as Clint Dempsey scored inside the first minute. Unfortunately, the next 89 minutes didn't go quite so smoothly. The Americans were played off the pitch, eventually losing 2-1 to cast serious doubt on their chances of making the Hexagonal.
Klinsmann's proactive style was nowhere to be found, as the team dropped deep and allowed the Reggae Boyz to control the match. Jermaine Jones, Maurice Edu and Kyle Beckerman formed a disastrous central midfield, as the Yanks offered no width. Fouls by the latter two led to Jamaica's two set-piece goals. At the final whistle, the Jamaican fans stormed the pitch, celebrating their first-ever win over the Americans. For Klinsmann, his team reached its 2012 nadir.