Their World Cup qualifying win against Jamaica last night in front of 23,881 fans more than cemented that idea into the eyes of the fans, press, and players. With the victory, the Yanks’ all-time record in Columbus, Ohio, improves to 6-0-3.
The U.S. came out incredibly strong in the first half. In fact, they could have easily scored a minimum of three goals if the goalposts at the north end were not Jamaican goalie Dwayne Miller’s best friends in hiding. Graham Zusi’s and Danny Williams’ long-distance shots struck woodwork, as well as Steve Churundolo’s deflected cross.
However, the Reggae Boyz would not be so lucky in the second 45-minute segment. In the 55th minute, Clint Dempsey drew a foul near the center of the field about 30 yards away from goal. Herculez Gomez stepped up to take the free-kick and bent the ball over the wall and en route to goal. The ball was bending back toward the diving Miller, but the keeper was only able to get fingertips on it, helping it into the side netting and giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
Jamaica’s only shot on goal came in the 80th minute after a long-distance effort by Rodolph Austin was parried wide by American goalie Tim Howard’s left hand.
After the game, only good things were said about the immense home-field advantage the Yanks felt in Ohio’s capital city.
United States: Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra, Geoff Cameron, Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams, Jermaine Jones, Jose Torres, Clint Dempsey, Graham Zusi, Herculez Gomez
Jamaica lineup: Dwayne Miller, Jermaine Taylor, Adrian Mariappa, Nyron Nosworthy, Lovel Palmer, Rodolph Austin, Jason Morrison, Je-Vaughn Watson, Ryan Johnson, Luton Shelton, Omar Cummings
Here are all the highlights from the memorable night:
Yet another reason why Columbus brings out the best in everything for the national team is simply because we have former U.S. international and Columbus Crew defender Frankie Hejduk.