Team USA well aware of stakes in Jamaica rematch



COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — This isn’t a must-win match for the U.S. men’s national team and its World Cup hopes. Not yet, anyway.

If it doesn’t beat Jamaica on Tuesday night at Crew Stadium, however, its road to making the next World Cup will be steep.

On the heels of a 2-1 loss at Jamaica on Friday night, the Americans find themselves with little wiggle room.

The top two teams in Group A move on to next year’s six-nation regional finals, with three of those teams then qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. also has another match on American soil against Guatemala, along with a road trip to Antigua. Jamaica (2-0-1) leads the grouping, followed by the U.S. and Guatemala, both 1-1-1.

The Americans know what’s riding on Tuesdays’ match.