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USA's invincibility to be tested in Jamaica
by Paul Kennedy, September 6th, 2012 11:02PM
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[BY THE NUMBERS] Losing to Jamaica Friday in its World Cup 2014 qualifier in Kingston would be an event of historic proportions for the United States (TV: beIN SPORT, 8 p.m. ET). No other team has faced the USA more times without winning a single game than the Reggae Boyz. Four of those games -- all ties -- came in World Cup qualifying in Kingston. A win or tie on Friday would match the USA's longest away unbeaten streak against a Concacaf opponent in qualifying.

The USA has never lost to Jamaica in 18 meetings. But such is its domination in Concacaf that the Reggae Boyz are one of only four teams that it has not lost to in 15 or more games.

Indeed, you have to go back to 1988 for the last time the USA has lost to one of its opponents in its qualifying group.

U.S. active unbeaten streaks
GP OPPONENT (RESULTS) LAST LOSS
18 Jamaica (10 wins, 8 ties) --
18 Guatemala (12 wins, 6 ties) 1988
15 Canada (8 wins, 7 ties) 1985
15 El Salvador (13 wins, 2 ties) 1992
8 Cuba (7 wins, 1 tie) 1947

Besides qualifying automatically as host in 1994, the USA has qualified for five straight World Cups on the strength of its exceptional success on the road.

It has faced Jamaica on four occasions and all four matches have ended in ties: 0-0 in 1988, 0-0 in 1997, 0-0 in 2001 and 0-0 in 2004.

But it has never lost in five meetings at Honduras and Guatemala.

Only three Concacaf teams have beaten the USA at home and one of those was Trinidad & Tobago in a meaningless game in 2008.

The flipside is that the USA has never beaten Mexico or Costa Rica on the road in World Cup qualifying -- a span of 22 games over 63 years.

U.S. World Cup qualifying road records
W-L-T OPPONENT
2-0-0 Barbados
1-0-0 Bermuda
1-0-0 Grenada
4-0-1 Honduras
4-1-1 Trinidad & Tobago
1-0-4 Guatemala
2-0-1 Haiti
1-0-2 El Salvador
1-1-0 Cuba
0-0-4 Jamaica
0-0-1 Netherlands Antilles
1-4-1 Canada
0-7-1 Costa Rica
0-13-1 Mexico



1 comment
  1. David Huff
    commented on: September 7, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.
    Just avoid any ganja-laced food additives and the US should be fine. :-)

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