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September 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

USMNT gets big win in World Cup qualifying

The U.S. men’s national team recorded a much-needed 1-0 win in a FIFA World Cup qualifier Tuesday against Jamaica.

In front of 23,881 at Crew Stadium, former A-League Sounder Herculez Gomez scored the lone goal on a 55th-minute free kick that curled over the wall and through the gloves of diving goalkeeper Dwayne Miller.

The U.S. might’ve scored more often were it not for a standout performance by Miller — prior to what was a bit of a soft goal — and a number of shots hitting the post or crossbar.

There’s a three-way tie between the U.S., Guatemala and Jamaica for first in CONCACAF’s Group A with seven points. The U.S. and Guatemala each have a plus-2 goal differential to rank above Jamaica (plus-1) in the initial tiebreaker.

The top two in a group that also includes Antigua & Barbuda advance to the final round of qualifying.

Here’s a look at the schedule for the next two games:

United States (2-1-1): at Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 12, vs. Guatemala on Oct. 16

Guatemala (2-1-1): vs. Jamaica on Oct. 12, at United States on Oct. 16

Jamaica (2-1-1): at Guatemala on Oct. 12, vs. Antigua & Barbuda on Oct. 16

Antigua & Barbuda (0-3-1): vs. United States on Oct. 12, at Jamaica on Oct. 16

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