Reggae Boyz must tune ahead

Jamaica’s almost futile hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil were smashed when they lost to the United States in the penultimate qualifier on Friday.

The 2-0 defeat in Kansas City confirmed that the Reggae Boyz need to start planning properly for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after finishing last in their group.

Jamaica has picked up only four points – all draws – in nine games. Their final match is at home in Kingston, at the National Stadium on Tuesday.

Jamaica, under recently appointed head coach Winfried Schafer, needed victory and hoped that Mexico and Panama would draw their game at the Azteca. But Mexico edged the visitors 2-1 to move to 11 points and take fourth place.

Elsewhere, Honduras beat already-qualified Costa Rica (15 points) 1-0 in San Pedro Sula.

The U.S. tops the table with 19 points, then Costa Rica, followed by Honduras (14) and Mexico. Panama has nine points.

The only positives for Schafer from the U.S. game was that his Major League Players forward Deshorn Brown, 22, and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, 30, had superb games, and he can plan future teams around them.