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The United States should be winning this one, right?
They’ll have the home-field advantage, their roster is a young and promising one, and when looking at the World Cup qualifying stands, they’re ahead of their opponents.
However, Jamaica do have a chance here. They’ve had more time for their new roster to gel and have some interesting firepower of their own.
Looking at the rosters, one also can’t help but notice that the U.S. men’s national team will also be missing their two best-attacking players.
With that in mind, this could end up being a complicated one in Texas.
Pick the tie for the United States vs Jamaica. (+400)
|United States vs Jamaica Information|
|Teams||United States vs Jamaica|
|Location||Q2 Stadium (Austin, Texas)|
|Time||Thursday, October 7th at 4:30 pm PT/7:30 pm ET|
|How to Watch||ESPN 2, Univision, TUDN|
More problems could lie ahead for the USMNT.
In what was supposed to be a celebratory path towards the 2022 World Cup for the 2021 Gold Cup champions, they have instead looked imprecise and lost in the Concacaf Octagonal.
Although they went undefeated in their first three games, you would find few supporters who would be satisfied with their one win and two draws.
That last result, a 4-1 thrashing of Honduras, remains as their one true bright spot in the start to the Octagonal.
Going forward, what’s even more worrisome for them is that they’ll have two key players missing in at least their first match of this month’s World Cup qualifiers.
The USMNT are now suddenly looking much weaker in their attack.
Without Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, who are racing to get back to full fitness, the argument could be made that the United States are now missing their two best frontline players.
Now, they’ll need to rely on fringe options or inexperienced talents such as Gyasi Zardes, Ricardo Pepi, Brenden Aaronson, Matthew Hoppe and a couple others this week.
It’s not exactly the end of the world for their attack, but there is no doubt that the United States will now be much less dangerous and lethal against Jamaica in the final third.
The Jamaican project just needs patience.
With players like West Ham’s Michail Antonio, Rangers’ Kemar Roofe, and Brentford’s Ethan Pinnock recently stepping into the picture, the squad will need to adjust to new faces.
Along with a few other newcomers, there is a transition to a now altered setup that manager Theodore Whitmore must guide them through.
Jamaica have the talents to qualify for the World Cup, and after a shaky first round of games in September, October might finally become the time in which they truly flex their muscle.
Can the USMNT actually make a case for themselves as the top dogs in Concacaf?
After defeating Mexico in the inaugural Concacaf Nations League championship and the 2021 Gold Cup final, it appeared as though the United States were ready to take charge.
And yet, these were successes on familiar soil in the United States through somewhat low stakes.
World Cup qualifying is a beast in itself, and the USMNT are already learning that early on.
They’ve had some early setbacks, and without two vital names against Jamaica, there are no guarantees that they’ll be able to clinch three points here.
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