Jamaica beats USA in Football World Cup Qualifier

Posted: 09/09/2012 in Caribbean, Current Affairs, FOOTBALL, Inspirational, Jamaica, Reggae, Sports
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Jamaica beats USA in Football World Cup Qualifier
David topples Goliath
Friday the 7th of September 2012 will go down in Caribbean sports history in infamy. On a lukewarm evening in Jamaica at Independence Park, also known as the National Stadium and popularly known as the “Office”, The US national football team lost for the first time in 43 years to a Caribbean team in a game that mattered. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz had defeated the regional super power after 90 minutes of solid play, scoring 2 goals to 1.
There were immediate celebrations at the stadium, throughout the city of Kingston, throughout Jamaica and several places in the Diaspora wherever Jamaicans were. The Euphoria extended far and wide as social media and other internet manifestations were ablaze with celebratory posts about the game.
You ask yourself why this was so important and we are not even in the final stage of the World Cup in 2014, much less in the finals? Well to answer that question one has to look at various factors.
• One factor is history. AS mentioned before The United States has not lost a game that mattered to Caribbean nation in 43 years. That was a 1-0 s loss to Haiti on May 11 back in 1969. The United States lost to Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 in 2008 however the US had already advanced to the next round. The United States stepped into the game having only 4 points in the round and as such needing to add to their point total since this was the half way point of this round
• In 18 tries Jamaica had never won over the US. There were several draws through these periods.
• Of the roughly 40 countries in the region, the United States has perennially been the number 2 team behind Mexico (One of the World’s best teams).
• The US put and has considerable resources to put towards their football program which creates platforms for raising the quality of the team. There is no other country in the region that has the ability to throw such resources to their football programs. The US being an economic powerhouse gives the country an extreme advantage to draw and naturalize some of the best players in the world, pay some of the best teams to play against their team to elevate the quality of the National side, and to build a powerful football program from the ground (children) up.
• Also on the Jamaican side the coach Theodore Whitmore and most of the players come from very humble beginnings and became stars in Jamaica and not outside Jamaica, showing that the little island is able to produce international level competitors and does not need to depend on the outside.
• The US has qualified several times for the final stage of the World Cup. Jamaica has only done so once
• And yes 2012 marks Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence. Also the game follows a historic performance by the Jamaica Olympics team in the London Olympics of 2012.
As such we are going to hear the saying “David slays Goliath”, “Small Axe Falls Big Tree” and of course “we might be small but we Tallawah”! The US was without a couple of their stars, but so was Jamaica. The US still had Tim Howard, one of the best goalies in the world and Clinton Dempsey who turned out to be one of the best scorers in the world. As for Jamaica, Luton Shelton is a home grown scoring machine who scored the winning goal with Rudolph Austin who scored and destroyed the mid field. Goalie Dwayne Miller needs special mention for great play.
In terms of the rest of the round Jamaica plays the United States on Tuesday September 11, followed by Antigua & Barbuda and then Guatemala. We should survive and advance. However whether we win or lose the next US game we must never forget how special and beautiful this victory at home over the US was.
Congrats Reggae Boyz!
Jason Walker

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Comments
  1. Yes Real Talk Tallis! The US will be coming hard! Reggae Boyz will have to keep up the speed, maybe being faster and they have to tackle better

  2. tallis1970 says:

    Coming on the heals of our great achievement at the Olympics this is great cause to celebrate. The team however must make every effort to practice as the US will be pulling all the stops in the return leg.

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