Posted on September 4, 2012
Jamaica has never beaten the United States in 18 previous meetings, forging a 0-10-8 mark.
Coach Theodore Whitmore says that was then and Friday’s World Cup qualifying match against the Americans is now. Both teams, who have 1-0-1 records and four points after the first two matches of CONCACAF Group A qualifying, tussle at National Stadium (aka The Office) at 8 p.m. (beIN).
“I am pretty satisfied and confident going into the game against this USA team,” Whitmore told the Jamaica Gleaner.
“It’s 11 [players] versus 11 on the field, so none of that [history] matters. We know the job at hand, we know it is a tough one. We know the U.S. team is coming here. They have done their homework, and so have we, and at the end of the day we just have to go out there and execute the plan and get the win.”
The Americans enter the encounter not a full strength. Midfielders Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley have injuries and were not named to the rest. Their best player, midfielder-forward Clint Dempsey, is questionable when it comes to match fitness after being transfered from Fulham to Tottenham on the final summer transfer window on Friday. He has been training, but has not played a competitive game.
“Any player that coach [Jurgen] Klinsmann brings in will want to prove a point, so it’s no different and we are just focusing on going out there and getting the job done,” Whitmore was quoted by the Gleaner.
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