US soccer aims to extend firsts tend at Jamaica

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Associated Press

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 6 at 10:02 AM

It's been a year of firsts for the Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. national team.

There was the first win over Italy, after 78 years of trying. And then the first U.S. win at Mexico, 75 years after initially venturing down to play their neighbors to the south.

On Friday night, the U.S. plays a World Cup qualifying match at Jamaica. And while the Americans have never lost to the Reggae Boyz, they also have never won a World Cup qualifier in Kingston, tying on four previous trips.

Klinsmann says the Americans should be confident. The team wants "to prove that we can get things done the right way."

The home-and-home series with Jamaica moves to Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 11.

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