Here is a quick rundown of things you might want to look at before today’s game.
» The game is at 9:30 PM Eastern on beIN SPORT.
» Jamaica is ranked #49 by FIFA and #72 by Elo. The US is #28 (FIFA) and #25 (Elo).
» Here is US Soccer’s official game notes. I also did another stat thing earlier this week, which included fun facts like:
The US is 11-1-8 all-time against the Reggae Boyz, but just 2-1-5 on Jamaican soil, including a 0-1-4 mark in World Cup qualifiers in Jamaica. The last time the US won on Jamaican soil was in a friendly in 2003, a 2-1 victory on February 12, 2003.
The US has scored 1+ goal in each of its last 10 games against Jamaica. In the 20 meetings all-time, the US has been held scoreless by Jamaica only three times, although all three took place in Kingston (1988, 1997, 2001), the site for Friday’s game.
Clint Dempsey has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games with the US. Since June 8, 2012 (the beginning of the 11-game stretch), Dempsey leads all US scorers with his 10 goals, while the next person(s) are Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Johnson and Herculez Gomez tied with just two goals each.
» It is not too late to sign up for our pick the US-Jamaica score contest. If you guess correctly, you have a chance at winning a free Sacha Kljestan mustache shirt. So go sign up for that before the game begins.
» Thank you to the readers who have been giving me (and others) tips on stuff to do/places to go in Seattle. Speaking of Seattle, Simon Borg defends next Tuesday’s “attendance problems”. I will say that I was slightly caught off guard at first when I saw that the cheapest ticket was $50.
» US Soccer was nice enough to put up field-level highlights for both the Belgium and Germany games.
» Steven Goff chimes in from Jamaica with some more news and notes. It looks like Herculez Gomez’s sore knee will probably keep him out again.
» The following players are sitting on yellow cards and will miss Tuesday’s game if they pick one up tonight: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Matt Besler, Brad Davis, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson and Graham Zusi.
» You want some previews? How about one from The Shin Guardian? Not good enough? Then how about one from The Yanks Are Coming?
» Yesterday was Jermaine Jones day in the press. Jeff Carlisle and Leander Schaerlaeckens both had some words about him. He has slowly looked much better in the middle with Michael Bradley these last few games. Hopefully that partnership continues to grow.
» Want some more stories on players? Here is one on Terrence Boyd and another on Brad Evans.
» Geoff Cameron, Eddie Johnson and Jermaine Jones might want to stick to soccer.
» As for some club news, Michael Parkhurst is happy at Augsburg. Michael Orozco Fiscal is staying at Puebla. As expected, Eric Lichaj was officially released by Aston Villa. This summer is becoming the summer of the changed crest. You can add Stuart Holden’s/Tim Ream’s Bolton Wanderers to the latest of the cool kids to do this. Also, here is their new home shirt next season.
» The US U-20 team lost their final game of the Toulon Tournament, 1-0, to South Korea. The 21-man roster for the U-20 World Cup is expected to come out soon, but there has been some online speculation on the final guys (speculation #1/speculation #2).
As for my prediction of tonight’s game, I am going with a 2-1 win by the US. Goals by Clint Dempsey and Fabian Johnson.
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Matt likes soccer. He likes sleeping in. He is also amused easily. That is pretty much it.