Reggae Boyz anxious for USA return match
Jamaica's Reggae Boyz are now preparing to take on the United States in Ohio next Tuesday following their historic 2-1 win at the National Stadium last night.
"I am confident we can go to the US and win there," said coach Theodore Whitmore.
The Reggae Boyz who were beating the USA for the first time in international football have jumped to the top of Group A in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifier.
"This team has heart, if we stay humble we can do great things. Jamaica and all our fans deserved this win," said Reggae Boy Dwayne Miller.
Jamaica has had nine previous tries at World Cup qualification dating back to 1988.
In front of a packed stadium, two brilliant free kicks by Rodolph Austin (23rd minute) and Luton Shelton (62nd minute) propelled Jamaica to seven points atop of the group.
The Americans were quick out of the blocks and caught the home team napping scoring after just 36 seconds through Clint Dempsey
Maurice Edu released Herculez Gomez and despite the attention of Adrian Mariappa, was able to get off two shots from close range.
Goalkeeper Dwayne Miller parried the first, and defender Nyron Nosworthy blocked the second but the ball fell nicely to Dempsey who easily slotted home from inside the six yard box.
But the Jamaicans never faltered and came storming back and were rewarded in the 23rd minute when Austin drilled a low 30m free kick past Tim Howard to level the scores.
The half ended 1-1 and both teams were still in the hunt for three valuable points and it was the Jamaicans who are celebrating their 50th anniversary as an independent nation, that got maximum points.
From another free kick, captain Luton Shelton who wasn’t having the best of games, pleaded with Austin for the kick and curled a beauty past Howard for the winner in the 62nd minute.
With time running out the Americans pressed forward for the equaliser but Jamaica held on fairy comfortable for a historic and famous win at the Office.
At the end of the match, the players celebrated as if they had qualified for the World Cup, prancing up and down while hugging each other.
The fans stormed the field and joined in the celebration to savour a famous victory.
The US is joined on four points by Guatemala who defeated Antigua and Barbuda 3-1 courtesy of two goals by Carlos Ruiz.
Antigua remains on one point at the bottom of the four-team zone.
In Kingston, it was the first time the United States had lost to a Caribbean team in a qualifier that mattered in more than 43 years -- since a 1-0 defeat to Haiti in Port-au-Prince on May 11, 1969.
That loss closed out a qualifying campaign for the 1970 World Cup.
In 2008, the Americans lost 2-1 at Trinidad & Tobago, but it had already clinched a spot in the next round.
9-Ryan Johnson (Omar Cummings 89th)
13-Dwayne Miller (GK)
18-Kavin Bryan (5-Darren Mattocks)
Subs not used
1-Tim Howard (GK)
5-Kyle Beckerman (14-Danny Williams)
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