Via SoccerSTL.net and his new contributor, Mark Dorsey looks at the upcoming US Matches…
Heading into Friday night’s match against Jamaica, only 1 point separated the top 4 teams in the CONCACAF standings. After coming off one of the most memorable friendly wins over Germany, United States were looking for their first qualifier victory in Kingston ever. Many fans will not look back on Friday night’s game as being the prettiest games played by the United States. However, Friday displayed the United States unwillingness to give up in times of adversity. After a sloppy 88 minutes the United States were looking to steal 3 points from Jamaica after an Altidore header from Zusi. Jamaica was able to pull even on a long range free kick header which looked to be the last goal of the game. In injury time an unlikely hero, Brad Evans, was able to capitalize off a Michael Bradley short corner to secure the United States first ever qualifier win in Kingston.
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Looking ahead, the United States will host Panama at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Tuesday (ESPN) and Honduras in Salt Lake City on June 18th (ESPN). CenturyLink is famous for its artificial turf which has been replaced by temporary grass for the qualifier. The United States will be without both Jermaine Jones and Graham Zusi for the Panama match as Jermaine suffered a concussion vs. Jamaica and Zusi due to yellow card accumulation. Many St. Louisians will hope that Brad Davis will start in Zusi’s role but Eddie Johnson is a more likely candidate. Geoff Cameron will most likely start in Jones’ absence, as he did in replacing Jones following the concussion.
June 11, 2013 – U.S. Men vs. Panama – 8:30 p.m. CT
CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
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Mexico vs. Costa Rica – 6:00 pm CT (ESPN)
Honduras vs Jamaica – 8:00 pm CT
Whatever the case, both Seattle and Salt Lake City will provide a great atmosphere for the United States and should be a very favorable environments for the Yankees. These next two fixtures should also provide a much clearer image of the Hexagonal standings. After these two fixtures the US will arguably face its toughest run of the qualifying stage in September. The United States will travel to current standings leader Costa Rica, and will host Mexico in Columbus. If the United States can secure 6 pts in these next two games they should be in the driver seat for the remaining qualification round.
June 18, 2013 U.S. Men vs. Honduras 8 p.m. CT
Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
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