Reggae Boyz vs US MNT : Preview
Jamaica vs USA has been the most anticipated fixture for the past 3 months. This match has created a lot of buzz, excitement, promise and predictions. In Just under 5 days from now, The Reggae Boyz will be not only looking to break their ducks vs The Yanks, but to stamp their authority on the CONCACAF region and show they mean business in the fight for a ticket to Brazil in 2014.
Over the Summer, The United States was hampered with severe and key injuries. It all started with midfield architect Michael Bradley picking up a huge blow and thus missing the 2 key games vs Jamaica. The 6 foot 1 inch Serie A Player will be seen as a major blow for the US as he played an instrumental figure vs Jamaica in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold on Father’s Day as he gave his dad and former US Coach at the time Bob Bradley a father’s day present not to forget. Bradley has proven to be an asset in the USA Team and The US will miss him. Another injury came from the expeditious full back Edgar Castillo. Castillo the former Mexican International switched to play for the country of his Birth in 2009 and he looked solid enough to cement his place as USA’s top Left Back. However an Injury with his club Tijuana left him in shambles and out of the pair of September games.
And finally another blow came from “ Captain America “ Landon Donovan as during a friendly match on August 15th vs Mexico he picked up a hamstring strain in that historic 1-0 for the USA. And he has been out ever since.
Another concern for the United States is that Clint Dempsey has not played professional football in 3 months. The saga between Dempsey and Fulham FC is over as he made his move to Tottenham Spurs over the weekend. So the US will be concerned if he will be in rusty form despite the quality and vision he has in his capabilities.
On the other end, Demar “Peel Head “ Phillips will be missing the game for Jamaica due to a recent knee injury playing for his club. The 5 foot 6 inch Phillips scored Jamaica’s 1st goal in the Mission to Rio 2014 Campaign and he will be seen as a major loss for Jamaica.
Another concern for Jamaica is the form of Jason Morrison. The Holding Midfielder had to sit out numerous training sessions for the club as he said he was experiencing pain in his knees.
All in all we should expect a pulsating affair. Both teams have called up potent squad and they both believe they can get the job done. However Jamaica will be the hungrier of the two teams. With the scab on Jamaica’s back about not being the United States at the senior level before, they will be fighting to rip off that scab as soon as possible.
Also, with USA having 3 major injury blows, Now is the time for Jamaica to go in for the points, now is the time to prove to Jamaica that we can beat the best of the best in the CONCACAF region, now is the time to get the patriotism out of the Jamaicans.
And on our 50th anniversary of Independence the Boyz will play with tenacity to make the Americans Vulnerable. With the dynamic and speedy pool in attack with the likes of Dane Richards, Luton Shelton, Omar Cummings and Darren Mattocks, they are bound to keep the USA quiet and to draw out the weaknesses of USA’s number 1 keeper Tim Howard, who has been quite questionable from crosses for a majority of his career.
However the Jamaicans cannot afford to be complacent as they have depth and composure in the midfield. With Jermaine Jones likely to spearhead the attack, Rudolph Austin will have to bring his club form over to Jamaica and take the sting out of the United States attack.
This is arguably Jamaica’s biggest match of the decade, the journey continues and The Boyz will be clawing for 3 precious points. A positive result here could make the difference by bringing some momentum to the campaign or to have to do the dirty work away from home.
Jamaica on a mission, on a journey, and on target for a victory