[USA-JAMAICA]The USA improved its position in Group A of its World Cup 2014 qualifying group with a 1-0 win over Jamaica.
The USA and Guatemala are tied in points (7) and goal differential (6-4, plus-2) with identical 2-1-1 records to share the group lead, while Jamaica (2-1-1) is tied in points but behind in goal differential (4-3, plus-1).
The final two Group A games are against Antigua & Barbuda Oct. 12 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound and Guatemala four days later at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
The USA will assure itself of a berth in next year's Hexagonal with wins in both games or a win in Antigua & Barbuda and a tie with Guatemala. Scenarios also exist for qualifying in circumstances that include everything to losses in the USA's final two matches.
Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio
USA 1 Jamaica 0.Goal: Gomez 55.
USA --Howard; Cherundolo, Cameron, Bocanegra, F.Johnson; Williams; Zusi (Edu, 72), Jones, Torres (Shea, 67); Dempsey, Gomez (Altidore, 80).
Jamaica --Miller; Mariappa, Nosworthy, Palmer; Watson (Stewart, 75), Austin, Morrison, Taylor; Shelton (Bryan, 66); Cummings (Richards, 76), R.Johnson.
Referee:Jose Pineda (Honduras).