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Klinsmann delighted by last-gasp win

10 June 2013 14:41

United States coach Juergen Klinsmann has praised his squad's mental fortitude following Saturday's last-minute away win over Jamaica.

The visitors looked to have thrown away a vital three points in their World Cup qualification bid after Jermaine Beckford cancelled out Jozy Altidore's goal in the 89th minute.

However, a Brad Evans strike in the second minute of injury time propelled Klinsmann's men back into second place of their CONCACAF group.

And the German was understandably delighted to win in such circumstances.

"We said that from the beginning and I think we are ready now to come to difficult places like Kingston and say that we want the three points," he said.

"That's obviously a big plus for us going into the two home games and I think the team should be complimented for that."

Winning goalscorer Evans was also pleased with his last-gasp contribution, which consigned Jamaica to bottom place in the group.

"Incredible. There's certain moments that you always remember and that's certainly one of them. Just pure elation after the goal and then the jersey comes over the head and I can certainly take a yellow card for that one," he said.

But Evans remained coy when asked whether his goal might earn him a starting berth for Wednesday's meeting with Panama at CenturyLink field - the venue where he plays domestically with the Seattle Sounders.

He added: "We'll see what line-up we turn out - there's still a couple of days in between games so you never know.

"First and foremost playing in front of your home crowd doesn't happen too often with the national team so it's be something that I always remember whether I'm in the stands or playing in the game or whatever it is, it'll be a great moment, especially for the city of Seattle too."

The United States have posted two wins, one draw and a loss from their four qualification matches thus far, and are level on points with group leaders Costa Rica.

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CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Wrap: Evans heroics steers USA to second

8 June 2013 06:55

A late winner from Brad Evans gave the USA a 2-1 win over Jamaica, moving them into second place in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group.

The USA took the lead on the half-hour mark on Friday at Independence Park in Kingston when Jozy Altidore latched onto a cross from Graham Zusi and headed past Donovan Ricketts from close range.

Leicester City striker Jermaine Beckford looked to have secured a point for Jamaica when he netted in the 89th minute, but there was one more twist in the tale when Evans collected a Michael Bradley pass in the box in stoppage time before turning and rifling a right-foot shot into the top corner.

The win moved Juergen Klinsmann's men into second place in CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying group, level on seven points with leaders Costa Rica, who enjoyed a 1-0 win at home over Honduras.

Roy Miller scored the only goal of the game for Costa Rica after 25 minutes.

Mexico are also on seven points after their 0-0 draw with Panama away from home.

The top three sides in the group will all get a place at Brazil 2014, and it is a close-run race with Costa Rica, the USA and Mexico all on seven points - although Mexico have played one more game - while Panama are in fourth place on six points.

Honduras are still in contention on four points, with Jamaica anchored to the foot of the table on two.

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FIFA World Cup Qualifiying Preview: Jamaica v USA

6 June 2013 16:07

USA desperately need a win in their FIFA World Cup qualifier against Jamaica on Friday.

Juergen Klinsmann's men have produced contrasting performances in their last two friendly outings, being beaten by Belgium before edging Germany.
The US are fourth in CONCACAF Group A having earned a win, a draw and a loss from their first three games, but need to finish in the top three to claim a place at Brazil 2014.
They face a Jamaica side who have been struggling, and are bottom of the group and without a victory in 2013.
Klinsmann and his side arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday, giving them extra time to prepare for the conditions in Kingston.

Clint Dempsey is likely to prove the key man for the US in the qualifier, with the Tottenham forward in fine form in the lead-up.
The 30-year-old captain scored twice in his side's 4-3 win over Germany and netted a penalty in their 4-2 loss to Belgium.
Dempsey has netted seven times through qualifying but most of those came when the US were scoring regularly in the third round, in which they struck 11 goals in six matches.
The fourth round has seen them net just two goals in three games, while their last qualifier against Mexico ended in a 0-0 draw.
Tim Howard also has a big role to play as it appears he has edged Brad Guzan for the starting goalkeeper spot.
The US cannot afford to concede as many goals as they did in their friendlies and Jamaica have the attacking players to worry them.
Reading forward Garath McCleary is likely to start, and Huddersfield Town attacker Jermaine Beckford can cause problems if he comes off the bench.
But goals have been a serious problem for Jamaica in their past six matches, as they have netted just once.
Getting anything out of their clash against the US will be a huge challenge and Klinsmann's side should claim a much-needed three points.