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Make no mistake, it’s a big match for the Jamaicans as well, evidenced by having Olympic champion sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce featured prominently in advertising efforts for the game.

“Come out in numbers,” she urged Jamaicans.

The Americans know the scene should be electric.

“We need to stay organized and try to put the game on our terms,” U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra said. “We want to get three points out of both of these games and put ourselves in a good position, on top of the group.”

Bocanegra said a win in Jamaica would just serve as more proof of where U.S. soccer is heading, especially as it keeps evolving under Klinsmann.

“We’ve continuously just gotten better and better,” Bocanegra said. “It’s nice. We’re being able to raise our standards and we’re going in the right direction. … National team’s getting better, MLS is getting better, and it’s translating to the bigger picture on the global stage for us. So yeah, we’re definitely confident. But we know it’s going to be a very tough game down there.”