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2014 world cup qualifying

USMNT Averts Disaster vs. Jamaica

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Team USA players swarm all over teammate Herculez Gomez #9 after Gomez scored in the 55th minute on a free kick against Jamaica on September 11, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. USA defeated Jamaica 1-0.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Goal. (There. We said it in just one syllable.)

Among disasters in recent U.S. men's soccer history, not qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since 1986 would be a huge one, but not even making it to the qualifying for the qualifying would have been Hindenberg-level monstrous. So even though the U.S.'s 1–0 win over Jamaica last night might not have necessarily been impressive, it sure was important. Herculez Gomez scored USMNT's lone goal, and the team controlled the match far, far more than it did in Friday night's loss. The U.S. is now tied with Guatemala and Jamaica atop Group A of CONCACAF Third Round qualifying, with two more matches left to go. The first is October 12 at Antigua and Barbuda, and the second is at home against Guatemala in Kansas City on October 16. A win over Antigua and Barbuda would secure a spot, and wins in both would likely win the group; the top two teams advance to the next round. So relax until October. Disaster was avoided, but there's still a chance for it to return.

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Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images