The United States men's national team judges itself on international soccer's roadmap by far tougher criteria than the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying from the CONCACAF region.
Yet this tricky stage of the journey to Brazil in 2014 has fast become a major annoyance, one that Jamaica hopes to turn into a potential catastrophe in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday night.
The prospect of the little Caribbean nation striding into the Midwest and dancing home with a victory would have been unthinkable a week ago and may still be unlikely. But just as Jamaica punches well above its weight in track at the Olympics, its entertaining soccer team is also threatening to make some serious noise.
Victory for the Reggae Boyz over the USA in Kingston on Friday was celebrated wildly in the island nation, where an air of jubilation persists following the exploits of Olympic champion Usain Bolt and others in London last month.
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