Reggae Boyz shock USA

Reggae Boyz shock USA

Written by Editor

Topics: Football, Sports

When the referee blew the final whistle in the FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Jamaica and the United States on September 7, the partisan crowd inside the National Stadium in Kingston rose to its feet and erupted into a chorus of rousing cheers and joyous celebrations. History was made as the Reggae Boyz registered their first win at the senior level against the highly fancied US team with a stunning come-from-behind 2-1 victory that vaulted them to the top of Group A with seven points.

Clint Dempsey scored the game’s first goal in 36 seconds for the US, but set piece strikes from Rodolph Austin (23rd minute) and Luton Shelton (62nd minute) sealed the deal for the Reggae Boyz, who are coached by former national player Theodore Whitmore. Jamaica had failed to defeat the US in 18 previous matches, however, this timely and important victory has given the national programme a much-needed moral boost as the team seeks to progress in the semi-final round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying in the CONCACAF Zone. The historic victory takes on added significance as Jamaica celebrates the 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012, and comes on the heels of outstanding success at the recently concluded Olympic Games in London.

Jamaica will square off against the Jurgen Klinsmann-coached US in the return leg on Tuesday, September 11, in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

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