Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan is prepared to host Jamaica in Thursday’s World Cup qualifiers, applauding the Reggae Boyz prior to including that the USMNT is “up for it.”
The United States last dealt with Jamaica throughout the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 25, where the United States handled a 1-0 triumph. The Reggae Boyz were not a simple challenger, preserving an offending design throughout the matcH.
“Jamaica was really good in that Gold Cup game and I felt like our players were up for it in that game, in particular Kellyn Acosta, who set the tone,” stated Roldan, who came off the bench to provide the informing cross that colleague Matthew Hoppe headed to rating.
“Counterattacking is something that we need to do a really good job of in this game, and taking advantage in wide areas.
“In the Jamaica game they dropped off when we tried to run in behind, and that’s just going to create a lot of space out wide. So being able to exploit the wide areas and also getting runners in the box – good things happen when we have a lot of guys in the box. That’s how we got our goal and that’s how we can punish Jamaica.”
Despite ball game, Roldan alerted versus weakening the newly-rejuvenated side, declaring it might be the “strongest Jamaica side” ever. The gamer mentioned physicality and athleticism as aspects to look out for ahead of the match prior to worrying the value of counterattacking.
“I think this will be one of the strongest Jamaica sides that we’ll play, and it’ll be a difficult game,” he stated.
“The amount of physicality, athleticism that they provide is something that we have to be aware of – both on the counter and also taking advantage. Because once they go forward they go forward in numbers and they can leave themselves exposed in the back.
“They’re using, really, their key guys that they were unable to use in the last cycle. And we’re looking forward to it. That’s what World Cup qualifying’s all about, and the competition it brings.”
Jamaica is the very first of 3 October certifying matches for the United States, dealing with Panama and Costa Rica quickly later on.