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Jamaica Beat The United States For The First Time In Men's Football

By Austin Amuzie - Monday, September 10, 2012

The U.S. team suffered its first loss to Jamaica in 19 games between the two nations after the Reggae Boyz bounced back from an early deficit to hand Jurgen Klinsmann's squad a 2-1 defeat at National Stadium in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Clint Dempsey set an American qualifying record by scoring 36 seconds into the match, but the visitors would go the rest of the 89-plus minutes without a goal. Jamaica scored twice on free kicks, from Rodolph Austin and Luton Shelton on either side of the half for the comeback win.

The U.S. entered the match with 10 wins and eight draws in the all-time series between the teams.

"Jamaica deserved that win," the U.S. coach said after the match. "They were hungrier and they were more determined, and that's how they came off the field as the winning team."

The U.S. (1-1-1) now sits behind Jamaica (2-0-1) in Group A after entering the match in first place due to better goal differential. The two teams will meet again on Tuesday in Columbus.

"We expected a very difficult game, we were aware of the Jamaican team and we respected them" Klinsmann said. "And we have to take it the way it is now."

Jamaica couldn't get close to the U.S. net throughout the night, but perfectly taken free kicks by Austin and Shelton from well outside the box had Klinsmann's men, and the nearly sold-out crowd, completely shocked.

Klinsmann entered the night looking for a positive result and did not view the match as a must-win with plenty of qualifying games left to play. But he may have to reevaluate his thinking heading back to the United States next week.

"It's important that we get three points in the next game," Dempsey said.

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