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The red-hot United States men’s national team returns to action on Tuesday with a World Cup qualifier at Jamaica (5 p.m. ET on Paramount+), with Gregg Berhalter’s team looking to build off of Friday’s huge 2-0 win over Mexico. The Americans currently sit atop the table in Concacaf and are well on their way to the tournament in Qatar, but there is still work to be done. A victory here would likely make the United States a lock for at least the intercontinental playoff, though direct qualification is expected.
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Jamaica: The Reggae Boyz aren’t out of it yet, but boy do they have some work to do. A 1-3-3 record has been an awful start, but they’ve earned points in their last three games. If they can get something here, they’ll have a shot. But for that to happen, they are likely going to need at least a goal. They’ve got three goals in their last two games, but they let three points slip away at El Salvador on Friday, conceding in the 90th minute. They must do better defending crosses, especially in the air, and they must remain compact in defense with the U.S. possessing the players to cause damage down the wings.
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USMNT: This team has certainly hit its stride and has a tremendous amount of confidence. But, at Jamaica, well it won’t be easy. First they must mark both Michail Antonio and Leon Bailey tightly, because both of these Premier League talents have the potential to produce magical moments by themselves. Another worry entering this game is what to do with Weston McKennie’s spot as he’s suspended. Expect Kellyn Acosta to slide in, though Gianluca Busio is an option if Berhalter wants to be a bit more aggressive. Miles Robinson is also suspended, and the expectation is for Chris Richards to come into the saide and get his second start.
A rocky start sees the hosts take the lead, but Christian Pulisic and Tim Weah combine in the second half to earn a valuable point. Pick: U.S. 1, Jamaica 1
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