Reggae Boyz Face Final Problem In opposition to USA In Last Spherical

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(AP Photograph/Ronald Zak)

Jamaica face an uphill activity once they oppose an especially sturdy American group in a must-win CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifier at Kingston’s Nationwide Stadium as we speak.

The kick-off is slated for five:00 pm.

In different video games as we speak, second-placed Mexico go to third-placed Canada for a 9:05 pm kick-off, Panama host El Salvador and Honduras go to Costa Rica. Each video games are slated to begin at 8:05 pm.

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The Individuals lead the eight-team, Last Spherical factors standings on 14 factors, the identical as Mexico however with a greater purpose distinction.

Canada are subsequent with 13 factors, adopted by Panama on 11, Costa Rica, Jamaica and El Salvador on six and Honduras on the rear of the sector on three factors.

The highest three groups on factors on the finish of the 14-game, round-robin Last Spherical earn automated tickets to Qatar subsequent 12 months, whereas the fourth-placed finisher will get one other likelihood at making it to Qatar through an Intercontinental play-off subsequent 12 months.

The Jamaicans have managed only one win and three drawn leads to their seven video games performed to date, with solely two at house.

From the remaining seven video games, 5 might be performed at house and two away, beginning with as we speak’s house fixture the place the Authorities of Jamaica has lastly come to its senses and can permit 5,000 totally vaccinated spectators entry to the sport.

Jamaica’s two earlier house video games have been contested behind closed doorways as a method of making an attempt to mitigate in opposition to the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

However the Reggae Boyz haven’t been enjoying nicely as a group and have been largely outplayed of their video games, although they’ve suffered badly with late objectives which might have had them in a a lot better place.

Of their 2-1 loss to Mexico, the Boyz dropped two precious factors once they conceded on the loss of life, and in opposition to El Salvador final Friday they threw away two extra factors once they lapsed a minute from full time to endure an equaliser in a 1-1 outcome.

All through these contests, the group has appeared disjointed because it struggled to attach on passes from defence to midfield and moreso to the attackers.

Head Coach Theodore Whitmore has admitted to that weak spot in his midfielders and has hinted that adjustments are in retailer for as we speak if the group is to enhance its probabilities of advancing to Qatar.

“We have to maintain this soccer when it comes to possession… I believe the primary half of the sport [against El Salvador], we didn’t have individuals exhibiting for the [ball],” advised the Jamaican media after Sunday morning’s coaching on the Nationwide Stadium.

“However after the introduction of [Devon] Williams and [Ravel] Morrison, then we began to maintain the sport flowing, began combining [plays], began becoming a member of assaults and all of that. It’s one thing on this morning session we checked out it. We did some possession, so we simply hope to have higher possession in opposition to the US group,” he famous.

In the meantime, conceding late objectives continues to pose an issue for the technical workers.

“We conceded within the final couple of minutes of the sport. It may very well be quite a few components which we don’t need to get into,” Whitmore stated.

“I don’t suppose we managed the sport correctly, particularly on the finish. Within the USA sport, now we have to get three factors, and that’s the place we’re trying in the meanwhile.

“In Mexico, we gave away [a late goal]. It [would have been] a well-deserved level to get out of that sport. And in case you take a look at [Friday’s] sport we dropped two factors, so it’s one thing we critically have to think about and look into.

“It’s for us because the technical workers to see how greatest we are able to give you the appropriate grasp plan to get previous this US group,” Whitmore stated.

Squads: Jamaica — Andre Blake, Kemar Lawrence, Damion Lowe, Adrian Mariappa, Oniel Fisher, Anthony Grant, Ravel Morrison, Junior Flemmings, Leon Bailey, Kemar Roofe, Michail Antonio, Dwayne Miller, Jeadine White, Liam Moore, Alvas Powell, Javain Brown, Gregory Leigh, Je-Vaughn Watson, Lamar Walker, Devon Williams, Bobby Reid, Cory Burke, Javon East, Shamar Nicholson.

United States — Zack Steffen, Matt Turner, Sean Johnson, Walter Zimmerman, DeAndre Yedlin, Antonee Robinson, Reggie Cannon, Miles Robinson, Mark McKenzie, Chris Richards, Samuel Vines, Sebastian Lletget, Kellyn Acosta, Cristian Roldan, Jesus Ferreira, Weston McKennie, Timothy Weah, Gianluca Busio, Brenden Aaronson, Joseph Scally, Yunus Musah, Paul Arriola, Christian Pulisic, Ricardo Pepi.

Concacaf World Cup Qualifying Factors Standing

Groups        P       W      D       L        Gf      Ga     Gd     Pts

USA            7       4       2       1       11     4       7       14

Mexico       7       4       2       1       10     5       5       14

Canada       7       3       4       0       11     4       7       13

Panama     7       3       2       2       9       8       1       11

Costa Rica 7        1       3       3       4       6       -2      6

Jamaica      7       1       3       3       5       9       -4      6

El Salvador 7       1       3       3       3       8       -5      6

Honduras   7       0       3       4       4       13     -9      3

Lloyd Bronson
Caribbean Nationwide Weekly Sports activities


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