KINGSTON, JAMAICA - SEPTEMBER 07: Clint Dempsey #8 of the united States celebrates his goal with teammate Herculez Gomez #9 against Jamaica at National Stadium on September 7, 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaica defeated the United states 2-1. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Union, MLS, and U.S. National team related news and notes...
USA Vs. Jamaica: Herculez Gomez Gives USMNT 1-0 Victory [Kevin McCauley, SB Nation] - "The United States struggled to hold onto their lead late, but were the better side than Jamaica on Tuesday and deserved their 1-0 win in Columbus."
U.S. dodges potential disaster with feel-good win against Jamaica [Avi Creditor, SI.com] - "At 10:04 p.m. local time, the sinking sky hovering above the U.S. men's national team began its ascent back into the atmosphere."
For Union assistants, increased workload is no big thing [Dave Zeitlin, MLSsoccer.com] - "Hackworth is happy, too. And while additional coaching help may be on the way next season, the Union manager will be forever grateful for the long days his lean technical staff put in during a tumultuous period."
Coach Jurgen Klinsmann says team 'responded well' [Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News] - "So even though there's a sense of relief and accomplishment, there's still the grim reality of needing to deliver results in the final two games to be secure."
McCarthy's Musings: Job done for United States in victory over Jamaica [Kyle McCarthy, Goal.com] - Jürgen Klinsmann's side still has plenty of room for improvement as the Hexagonal beckons, but Tuesday's 1-0 victory should calm the nerves and keep the qualifying task on track."
Bocanegra, Cherundolo earn top ratings in U.S. win over Jamaica [Alecko Eskandarian, SI.com] - Eskandarian's top-rated players are Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra, and Fabian Johnson, each of whom received a 7.5.