Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan is able to host Jamaica in Thursday’s World Cup qualifiers, praising the Reggae Boyz earlier than including that the USMNT is “up for it.”
The US final confronted Jamaica in the course of the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 25, the place the US managed a 1-0 victory. The Reggae Boyz weren’t a simple opponent, sustaining an offensive fashion all through the matcH.
“Jamaica was actually good in that Gold Cup sport and I felt like our gamers have been up for it in that sport, particularly Kellyn Acosta, who set the tone,” mentioned Roldan, who got here off the bench to ship the telling cross that teammate Matthew Hoppe headed to attain.
“Counterattacking is one thing that we have to do a extremely good job of on this sport, and taking benefit in huge areas.
“Within the Jamaica sport they dropped off once we tried to run in behind, and that’s simply going to create numerous house out huge. So having the ability to exploit the huge areas and in addition getting runners within the field – good issues occur when we’ve got numerous guys within the field. That’s how we bought our purpose and that’s how we will punish Jamaica.”
Regardless of the rating, Roldan warned in opposition to undermining the newly-rejuvenated facet, claiming it could be the “strongest Jamaica facet” ever. The participant cited physicality and athleticism as elements to be careful for forward of the match earlier than stressing the significance of counterattacking.
“I believe this might be one of many strongest Jamaica sides that we’ll play, and it’ll be a tough sport,” he mentioned.
“The quantity of physicality, athleticism that they supply is one thing that we’ve got to pay attention to – each on the counter and in addition taking benefit. As a result of as soon as they go ahead they go ahead in numbers they usually can depart themselves uncovered within the again.
“They’re utilizing, actually, their key guys that they have been unable to make use of within the final cycle. And we’re trying ahead to it. That’s what World Cup qualifying’s all about, and the competitors it brings.”
Jamaica is the primary of three October qualifying matches for america, going through Panama and Costa Rica quickly afterwards.