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Klinsmann: “We are back on track”

Yanks defeat Jamaica 1-0 after Klinsmann unveils new lineup and formation

By | 12th September 2012

On the night of the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the U.S. Men’s national team represented their country with courage and pride, defeating Jamaica 1-0 to move into a tie for first in their World Cup qualifying group.

After Friday night’s defeat in Jamaica, the USMNT had their backs against the wall, in dire need of three points to stay in position to advance to the next round of qualifying.

With media suggesting that Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad was feeling the pressure of the match, the U.S. manager decided to radically alter his lineup, switching to a 4-1-3-2 formation. Five changes were made, most notably adding attack to the midfield in the form of Graham Zusi and Jose Torres.

Zusi was arguably the most influential player in the first half, leading the attack as the U.S. did everything but score, hitting the woodwork three times while enjoying 79 percent of the possession.

“We wanted to inject creativity with [Jose] Torres and Graham [Zusi] creating more space,” explained Klinsmann.

He added: “The team did really well, especially what you saw in the first 30 minutes, it was outstanding. The only thing missing there was scoring a goal.”

After a scoreless first half, the U.S. finally broke through in the 55th minute, when a free kick from forward Hercules Gomez slipped past the ‘keeper’s hands and into the corner of the net.

The U.S. dropped off their pressure after the goal, but were able to hold the rest of the way to secure the three points.

“We are back on track. We know it is not done yet. It is down to the wire — which is what the World Cup is all about. We have to stay focused and sharp,” concluded Klinsmann.

The U.S. now has two games left to be played in this round of qualifying, traveling to Antigua & Barbuda on October 12th before finishing up at home against Guatemala on October 16th.




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