It's the same old story. People will be pleased with the United States simply because they managed to get a win out of nowhere in a situation that would have fans of good national teams like Spain, Germany or even Mexico saying 'Is that really all you're giving us?'
Bob Bradley put out a fairly sub-par lineup to start the day, a worrying group in a 4-2-3-1 formation that featured Sacha Kljestan as the central attacking midfielder and Alejandro Bedoya in the attacking group as well while Landon Donovan sat on the sidelines.
The Yanks almost went down immediately upon the game starting, as Dane Richards got a clear cut chance at goal that was stopped by Tim Howard in the first few minutes, while a wide open rebound was skied from close range. Jamaica would rue that miss, as it would be their last great chance for a long time as the game went along. Not to say that the States played particularly well, but Jamaica played very poorly for most of the match; perhaps having Omar Cummings and Tyrone Marshall would have improved their chances, as both of them are in fabulous form right now in MLS?
The first half featured a lot of missed opportunities for the US as we've come to see a lot of in this tournament. Jozy Altidore up top was injured early on and replaced by Juan Agudelo, but it was Clint Dempsey who once again saw almost all of the action on offense go through his foot. Deuce led the team in shots on target today and forced several good looking saves out of Donovan Ricketts.
It took until the early goings of the second half to get something going, as Jermaine Jones launched a shot through several defenders in the 49th minute. The ball deflected off of one of them and into the back of the net for the first United States goal of the match. Jones made a classy salute to his dad - a military man - as a father's day tribute upon putting the ball in for his first ever national team goal. Landon Donovan came in for the ineffective Bedoya after the goal had been scored.
Jones proved even more vital as the game went on, clearly diving on a tackle from Jermaine Taylor in the 67th minute but on a tackle that had left Taylor as the last man back, forcing a red card from referee Marco Rodriguez. Jones himself was forced out of the match fairly late into the proceedings after a lingering groin problem all second half finally forced Bob Bradley's hand and Maurice Edu was sent on.
Clint Dempsey scored against the reeling Reggae Boyz in the 80th minute with a class finish all alone in front of goal, killing any lingering hopes of a Reggae Boyz comeback and allowing USMNT fans to catch their breath after Jamaica started to put together a couple of late breaks still with ten men out. Not a great performance by the States, but good enough to beat a ten man Jamaica team.
The US will face the winner of the Panama-El Salvador match in Houston. Hopefully we see the full strength line-up out there and the two injuries we saw today weren't all that serious. If the game is against Panama, the USA will have to do everything in their power in order to keep from losing their second match to the Red Tide in as many tries.