Pick 'Em: MLSsoccer.com editors predict #JAMvUSA

Each week during the MLS season, the MLSsoccer.com editors share their picks ahead of league matches. This time, they take a crack at Friday's World Cup qualifier between the United States and Jamaica at Independence Park (9:30 pm ET, beIN Sport, Live chat on MLSsoccer.com).

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Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


The Reggae Boyz seem more like Emo Boyz these days, considering their shoe-gazing performances of late. The Yanks, on the other hand, are rockin' and rollin' like Stevie Ray Vaughan in a South Texas honky-tonk.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


This game is teetering on a wall and could fall to either side with the first goal. A goal for the US could crush the Jamaicans' spirit and make it a cake walk. Conversely, a Jamaican goal could give them the jolt they need to jump back into the mix for WCQ. Unfortunately for the Jamaicans, I think the US manage the first goal – and the second.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor



I want to buy into the newfound American swagger and the belief that they're starting to figure things out. But I worry a bit about overconfidence and the same nasty habits that have plagued the team lately. And discounting the ability of a Jamaican side with its backs against the wall is a big, big mistake. I'd be thrilled with a point here.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


Not even a draw is adequate. If the US can't beat this poor of a Jamaican side on a good field, the self-doubt will creep right back in at the most inopportune time.

Kristel Valencia
Editor FutbolMLS.com


If Klinsmann & Co. watched Jamaica’s 1-0 defeat to Mexico, they know they've got this game. Jamaica were a disaster on the flanks and played the ball around – they could barely connect three or four passes in a row. The US must take advantage of this. Zusi and Davis will have enough space to pass to Dempsey & Co. The US have got this.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst



Against Germany Jozy looked great, the central midfielders looked even better, and Deuce just keeps being Deuce. But I hate going against historical precedent, and historical precedent says the points will be split.

Andrew Wiebe


The Americans strike first and build on the confidence gathered vs. Germany by grabbing a second early in the second half. Jamaica's desperation for points shines through with a late consolation goal, but these three valuable points belong to Jurgen Klinsmann's side.

Nick Rosano


Jamaica will come out with a little more verve than their game against Mexico on Tuesday and should be able to get an early goal after giving Ryan Johnson some company up top. However, the US will take advantage of the better conditions this time around and come back for the win – though it'll be a slog.



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