USMNT vs. Jamaica dwell rating, updates, highlights from the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier
It’s only the fourth of 14 World Cup qualifiers played by the US men’s national team, but Thursday’s home game against Jamaica is a big one. Costly loss of points at home cost the USA a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and after beating Canada 1-1 last month in Nashville, Tennessee, the Americans need all three points against Jamaica in Austin, Texas on Thursday.
The Reggae Boyz are understaffed and with a single point they are in last place in the qualification for the CONCACAF World Cup with eight teams – only the first three book a ticket to Qatar in 2022 and the fourth-placed team is allowed to play in a game. in series – but they will still prove to be a challenge. Jamaica have always played tough against the USA and kept the Americans goalless in the recent Gold Cup quarter-finals until the 83rd minute.
Also, the USMNT are missing three key players – Christian Pulisic (ankle), Gio Reyna (Himmuschel) and John Books (back) – due to injuries, and it’s a young squad still finding its way. All eyes will be on 18-year-old striker Ricardo Pepi, whose fans are buzzing about his successes last month; young defense attorney Chris Richards to replace Brooks; and Weston McKennie, who is back from last month’s suspension and starting.
Sporting News will follow the event live and provide the latest scores, comments and highlights.
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Updates and highlights between the US and Jamaica
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6:09 pm: Bus is almost at the stadium.
USA vs. Jamaica: Lineups
If US coach Gregg Berhalter chooses Zack Steffen to goalkeeper over Matt Turner, there will be a lot of chatter and we’ll see if he gives Pepi a second straight start. If Yunus Musah is not thrown directly into the starting eleven after a Covid-19 follow-up test, it should be Kellyn Acosta or Sebastian Lletget in the central midfield.
Probable starting line-up for the USA (4-3-3, from left to right): Matt Turner-GK – Antonee Robinson, Chris Richards, Miles Robinson, Sergino Dest – Kellyn Acosta, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie – Brenden Aaronson, Ricardo Pepi, Tim Weah
USA planned submarines: Zack Steffen-GK, Sean Johnson-GK, Shaq Moore, DeAndre Yedlin, George Bello, Mark McKenzie, Walker Zimmerman, Gianluca Busio, Luca de la Torre, Sebastian Lletget, Cristian Roldan, Yunus Musah, Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes, Matthew Hoppe
As already mentioned, the reggae boyz are understaffed. According to local reports, they will be missing three England players due to injuries: Ethan Pinnock (Brentford), Liam Moore (Reading) and Daniel Johnson (Preston North End). In addition, Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) and Michail Antonio (West Ham) are already out. But Jamaica is still optimistic. “We have enough quality in the squad to beat these Americans,” assistant coach Paul Hall told the Jamaica Observer.
Projected starting line-up for Jamaica (4-4-2, left to right): Andre Blake-GK – Kemar Lawrence, Damion Lowe, Adrian Mariappa, Alvas Powell – Junior Flemmings, Devon “Speedy” Williams, Jevaughn Watson, Andre Gray – Shamar Nicholson, Bobby Reid
Jamaica Projected Subscribers: Dillon Barnes-GK, Jeadine White-GK, Javain Brown, Oniel Fisher, Jamoi Topey, Tyreek Magee, Javon East, Jamal Lowe, Kemar Roofe
This is how you see USA versus Jamaica
- Date: Thursday October 7th
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ESPN2
- Spanish speaking television: Univision, TUDN
- Stream: fuboTV, ESPN +
The World Cup qualifier between the USA and Jamaica will be broadcast in English (ESPN2) and Spanish (Univision, TUDN). These networks can be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial for new users.
The game will be played at the sold-out Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. It will be the first USMNT game at the venue, which opened in June. The US women’s national team played the first game on site.
USA vs. Jamaica: Betting Odds & Prediction
Quotas courtesy of DraftKings
Choose: USA -1.25 Asian handicap (-140)
The USMNT are the clear favorites to win and the question is how many goals the Americans will score. The Jamaicans will play on the defensive first and when they are in their game and goalkeeper Andre Blake has blinders they can hamper the best teams (see opening game against Mexico). You have surrendered in other games as well.
Even with a decimated Jamaica squad, it’s best to stay away from goal totals. Since the sides are unplayable, the focus is on the spreads market. When looking for insurance in case Jamaica has one of these games, the recommended game is the USA -1.25 Asian Handicap which will give you back half of your stake if the USA win by just one goal.
Forecast: USA 3, Jamaica 1
- Money line: USA -330 / tie + 425 / Jamaica +750
- Spread: USA -1.5 (+100) / Jamaica +1.5 (-120)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over -130 / Under +105
- Both teams meet: Yes + 120 / No -160