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U.S. MNT Set for Jamaica Battle in Columbus on Wednesday Live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET


COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 16, 2004) - ussoccer.com has compiled a comprehensive look at the matchup against Jamaica in the sixth game of semifinal round qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. From stats and scores, to highlights and notes, ussoccer.com is the best place to find info as the USA's qualifying campaign continues from Crew Stadium on Wed., Nov. 17 in Columbus. Kickoff for the USA's final semifinal round qualifier, presented by Philips Electronics, is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics

BY THE NUMBERS:  Want to know how many times the U.S. and Jamaica have squared off all-time, and who has the upper hand? Can you name which current MISL head coach is the all-time U.S. leader in goalscoring against Jamaica? Know Bruce Arena's all-time record against the Reggae Boyz? For the complete statistical breakdown of the U.S.- Jamaica series, click here.

ONALFO ON JAMAICA: U.S. Assistant Coach Curt Onalfo once again sheds light on this weekend's opponent, looking at the qualifying run of the Jamaicans to date, their ever-present attacking threats, and a rather imposing goalkeeper.  From players to formations and tactics, Onalfo provides a coach's insight in this week's Scouting Report.

ALL_ACCESS VIDEO - A MILE IN E.J.'s BOOTS! The latest installment of ussoccer.com's exclusive all_access video chronicles the fortunes of Eddie Johnson through camp on the heels of one of the finest rookie performances in U.S. Soccer history. We're back in Eddie's boots today as he describes how he's more that just a fast player, and what the grizzled veteran Landon Donovan has to teach him about giving the extra effort that makes the difference. Click here to watch the all_access video.

NIKE HI-VIS COLORING: Yellow, to be exact. The U.S. will make its debut performance with Nike's Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis ball. Designed to provided maximum visibility, the Total 90 Aerow Hi-Vis ball is being used during the winter months in all English Premier League and Spanish Liga Primera games during the 2004-05 season. With the distinctive yellow base and contrasting blue stripe, the ball has gotten solid reviews from the players in camp this week. Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Joe Cannon pointed out that it still looks the same in the back of the net for goalkeepers - bad.

QUICK HITS:

    * A total of 24 players have competed in camp since Nov. 8, with head coach Bruce Arena reducing the roster to 18 players on match-day.
    * The U.S. side is carrying no injuries or suspensions into Wednesday’s match. The Jamaicans are without starting defender Claude Davis, who is suspended after receiving his second yellow card in the 0-0 draw against El Salvador on Oct. 13 in Kingston.
    * Jamaica also lost the services of midfielder Micah Hyde, who suffered a hamstring injury last weekend. Jamaican coach Sebastio Lazaroni has called upon Kansas City Wizards midfielder Khari Stephenson as his replacement.
    * The U.S. has never lost to Jamaica in a competitive match. The U.S. holds an 8-0-6 lifetime advantage, having recorded eight shutouts against the Reggae Boyz, their best mark against any country except Mexico and El Salvador.
    * The team’s drew 1-1 on the opening day of semifinal round qualifying Aug. 18 in Kingston, San Jose Earthquakes forward Brian Ching canceling the Reggae Boyz lead in the 89th minute to preserve the USA’s unbeaten record against Jamaica.
    * Ching made his World Cup qualifying debut in style, recording his first international goal that earned the U.S. an important point on the road and handed Ching honors as Chevrolet Man of the Match. Ching finished tied atop the MLS goal-scoring chart with 12 goals.
    * Heading into the final match of the 2004 campaign, Landon Donovan is poised to finish as the team leader and goals and points for the second year running. With five goals and five assists heading into Wednesday, Donovan leads both categories and could become the first player since Eric Wynalda (1996 and 1997) to finish at the top two years in a row. The 22-year-old already has 19 career goals, good for fifth place on the all-time U.S. scoring charts.
    * The 2003 Chevrolet Male Athlete of the Year became the youngest player in U.S. history to reach 50 caps when he started in the USA's 3-0 win against Grenada in the first leg of second round qualifying on June 13 in Columbus.
    * Kasey Keller entered the history books that day as well, the 14-year veteran earning his 38th career victory for the United States, surpassing Tony Meola for No.1 on the list. Keller also holds the record for career shutouts (36) and World Cup qualifying appearances (23).
    * Eddie Johnson continues to impress, not so quietly growing into his own after an amazing start to his senior team career. The 20-year-old Dallas Burn forward recorded his first international goal just four minutes into his first-ever appearance for the full U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2-0 win in El Salvador on Oct. 9, then exploded four days later for a history-making hat-trick in helping the U.S. to a 6-0 victory against Panama that secured their place in the final round of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
    * The U.S. is playing in their 94th World Cup qualifying match since 1934, with an all-time record of 39-28-26. The U.S. is 25-6-10 on home soil, and prior to the loss against Honduras (2-3 L, Sept. 1, 2001), the USA has nod dropped a home qualifier since May 31, 1985, a 2-1 defeat to Costa Rica in Torrance, Calif.


LAST TIME…

On the field for the USA
October 13, 2004 – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C. – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, First Stage, Second Leg
USA          6    Landon Donovan 21, 57; Ed Johnson 70, 84, 87; Own Goal 90’
Panama    0  
Att: 19,793

USA – 18-Kasey Keller; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 23-Eddie Pope (6-Oguchi Onyewu, 86), 3-Gregg Berhalter, 4-Carlos Bocanegra; 5-Kerry Zavagnin (25-Pablo Mastroeni, 73), 17-DaMarcus Beasley, 21-Landon Donovan (Capt.), 7-Eddie Lewis; 20-Brian McBride, 16-Josh Wolff (19-Ed Johnson, 65).

PAN – 1-Donaldo González, 3-Luis Moreno (17-Alberto Zapata, 61), 5-José Anthony Torres, 2-Carlos Rivera; 4-Luis Henríquez (13-Víctor Miranda, 39), 8-Alberto Blanco, 6-Manuel Torres (14-Engin Mitre, 74), 10-Julio Medina, 7-Ricardo Phillips, 11-Roberto Brown, 9-Julio Dely Valdés (Capt.).

On the field for Jamaica
October 13, 2004 – National Stadium, Kingston – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, First Stage, Second Leg
Jamaica         0  
El Salvador    0
Att: 12,000 (est.)

JAM – 13-Aaron Lawrence, 5-Ian Goodison, 6-Marlon King (18-Deon Burton, 70), 8-James Lawrence, 10-Ricardo Fuller (12-Jermaine Johnson), 11-Theodore Whitmore, 14-Tyrone Marshall (9-Andrew Williams, 64), 15-Ricardo Gardner, 20-Damani Ralph, 23-Craig Ziadie, 25-Claude Davis.

SLV – 1-Misael Alfaro (25-Noel Rivera, 46), 2-Rafael Tobar, 4-Marvin Benitez, 5-Victor Velasquez, 6-Erick Prado, 7-Victor Hugo Merino, 9-Fredy Gonzalez, 11-Ronald Cerritos (8-Santos Cabrera, 83), 12-Dennis Alas, 13-Deris Umanzor, 17-Jorge Rodriguez (16-Isaac Saravia, 73).

USA vs. Jamaica
August 18, 2004 – National Stadium, Kingston – FIFA World Cup Qualifier, First Stage, Second Leg
USA           1    Brian Ching 89
Jamaica    1    Ian Goodison 49
Att: 27,000 (est.)

USA – 18-Kasey Keller; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 23-Eddie Pope, 4-Carlos Bocanegra, 3-Greg Vanney; 10-Claudio Reyna (capt.), 14-Chris Armas (7-Eddie Lewis, 77), 8-Earnie Stewart (13-Cobi Jones, 68), 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 20-Brian McBride (25-Brian Ching, 61), 21-Landon Donovan.

JAM — 30-Donovan Ricketts; 22-Fabian Davis, 5-Ian Goodison, 25-Claude Davis, 15-Ricardo Gardner; 8-Micah Hyde, 14-Tyrone Marshall, 11-Theodore Whitmore (capt.), 9-Andy Williams; 6-Marlon King (10-Ricardo Fuller, 67), 20-Damani Ralph.

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