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KEEP COOL, BRA’

The U.S. put its hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup in doubt when it was upset by Jamaica, 2-1, in a CONCACAF semifinal-round qualifier in Kingston, the Jamaicans’ first-ever victory over the Americans.

With three rounds remaining, Jamaica led the four-nation group with seven points, followed by the U.S. and Guatemala with four apiece and Antigua and Barbuda with one.  [September 7]

Comment:  There has been much hand wringing among fans and in the media heading into the U.S.-Jamaica return leg on September 11 in Columbus, and indeed the Americans have made things unnecessarily interesting.  However, while there is no need for Juergen Klinsmann and his players to be complacent, it should be remembered that the USA’s last loss in a home World Cup qualifier was more than a decade ago to an impressive Honduran side (3-2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, on September 1, 2001).