Gomez helps USA to victory

Herculez Gomez scored off a second-half free-kick as USA got their 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifying campaign back on track with a 1-0 win over Jamaica on Tuesday.

Gomez curled in a shot from the right side in the 55th minute for the Americans, who avenged a loss to Jamaica last week and earned three points with Tuesday’s win in front of a crowd of 24,000 at Columbus Crew Stadium.

USA Jamaica and Guatemala all have seven points atop Group A in the semi-final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF). The top two teams from each group advance to the final phase of qualifying next year.

Guatemala and the United States hold the edge over Jamaica with a superior goal difference.

In the other group match, Guatemala defeated Antigua and Barbuda 1-0.

USA has two games left in this round as they host Antigua and Barbuda on 12 October, then travel to Guatemala four days later.

Jamaica claimed its first-ever win against the United States on Friday with a 2-1 victory in Kingston.

The United States dominated the opening half but failed to convert their chances as the game remained scoreless going into half-time.

Jamaican goalkeeper Dwayne Miller was superb throughout. In the 20th minute, he deflected a Steve Cherundolo cross off the goal post.

American Danny Williams also had an excellent scoring chance in the 30th minute, but his shot from 25 yards out hit the post.