Aug 29, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT
A visit to Kingston, Jamaica, for a World Cup qualifier will never be a walk through the Rasta park. In four visits to the Kingston since the 1998 World Cup the national team has scraped by with three ties and a tight 2-1 victory.
The United States plays in the Jamaican capital on Sept. 7, the first of two World Cup qualifiers four days apart. Jurgen Klinsmann’s men meet Jamaica again on Sept. 11, this time in Columbus.
The match in Columbus is a gotta-have, and Klinsmann’s men should be able to solve the puzzle even if a few pieces go missing. But recent events do add some low hanging branches, the kind that can conk some heads – and potentially leave the U.S. qualifying effort in a daze.
No matter what happens before Fridays transfer deadline in England, Clint Dempsey will not be at “full Dempsey” for the coming matches. That’s just too much to ask of a man who hasn’t played in a competitive contest in more than three months.
Who knows where Landon Donovan might be next week, fitness-wise? The all-time U.S. leading scorer has missed the Los Angeles Galaxy’s last two matches, still on the mend from a hamstring strain suffered in the first half of the Aug. 15 win over Mexico.
And now this: Michael Bradley is expected to miss about a month due to a thigh injury suffered Tuesday in training with Roma.
So, that’s three of the U.S. top foursome. Only goalkeeper Tim Howard remains a definite on the available list among that important group.
Considering the stakes here (We are talking about a World Cup, yo!), all this could create some nervous tummies around U.S. Soccer supporter circles.
Then again, neither Dempsey nor Bradley was around for the big win at Azteca, and Donovan was on the field for just a half. That one worked out OK for Klinsmann and Co., of course.
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Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
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Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
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May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
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May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
For a moment, it looked like Milan had fired their coaching staff … via an open letter from a television show.
May 20, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT
Real Madrid would have been in line for an eight-digit payday had they sold Mourinho to Chelsea.
May 20, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
Odds on current U.S. Men’s National Team boss Jurgen Klinsmann to become Everton’s next permanent manager have dropped heavily today.
May 20, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT
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What’s been coming for a long time is now official. Jose Mourinho’s three-year tenure at Real Madrid has a finish line.
May 20, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT
Ben Olsen? Frank Klopas? … Someone else?
May 20, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT
The big, soon-to-be out of contract Galaxy center backs says talks with MLS commenced:
May 20, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT
That’s sarcasm. Ruiz was always bound to cause headaches, one way or the other:
May 20, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT
The first-year Red Bulls center back made a huge imprint on New York’s win over Los Angeles:
May 20, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT
There is still plenty of star appeal as the Europa League champs’ roster for a quick two-game tour of the United States:
May 20, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT
Kljestan becomes the fifth American to defend a title in a top league:
May 20, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT
The Scottish striker will hardly be missed around Vancouver:
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