BeIN Sport’s Phil Schoen is on the call along with Cobi Jones, commenting on the action last night from The Office in Kingston, Jamaica.
A couple of things to watch on Jozy Altidore’s 30th – minute strike. The Jamaican marking is poor, but credit the young U.S. striker for doing a wise job of occupying the pocket right in between two defenders, not committing his run until he needs to.
He’s able to do that because the United States has enough players forward. Fabian Johnson has drifted inside, so there are already two players in the box as Clint Dempsey begins to work his way in. That creates just enough indecision among the Jamaican defenders to help keep Altidore free. As his header is completely unchallenged, Altidore does what a proficient goal scorer should.
Strikers are often told to “aim for the goal line” on these headers. Watch where his ball hits – right smack on the chalk.
That’s especially critical against Donovan Ricketts, who is 6-6 and has the wingspan of Lear Jet. He cover a lot of ground, but he’s gangly and most vulnerable down low, which is exactly where Altidore went with his uncontested strike.
And speaking of Ricketts, if Graham Zusi’s cross isn’t delivered with some zip, the Jamaican goalkeeper would probably have claimed the ball. But Zusi’s centering pass was sharp and well-placed. So, job well done all the way around on that one.
Here are all the goals and highlights, courtesy of BeIN Sport.