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EUA mantiene en la mira boleto directo a la Copa Confederaciones

El entrenador de EUA Jurgen Klinsmann (foto) en una conferencia de prensa durante la Copa Oro de  CONCACAF el  21 de Julio, 2015,  en el Georgia Dome de Atlanta. (Foto: Mexsport)

ATLANTA - Estados Unidos podría hacerse a sí mismo un gran favor sí logra ganar sus próximos dos partidos.

Si los estadounidenses logran defender el título de la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF, reservarán un lugar automático en la próxima Copa FIFA Confederaciones, evitando un playoff potencialmente complicado contra cualquiera Jamaica, México ó Panamá.

Una regla de CONCACAF establece que el representante de la Confederación para Rusia 2017 será determinado por un desempate en caso de que las ediciones de la Copa de Oro 2013 y 2015 produjeran dos campeones diferentes.

Estados Unidos ganó la competición hace dos años y está en la pelea para hacerlo de nuevo.
 
No falta decirlo, el entrenador Jurgen Klinsmann prefiere la ruta directa. Para lograr ese objetivo, su equipo tendrá que derrotar a los jamaiquinos en las semifinales en el Georgia Dome el miércoles y luego hacer lo mismo con el ganador de México-Panamá en la final programada para el domingo en Filadelfia.
 
"La semifinal y la final con suerte, son los partidos que se desea destacar y fabricar algo especial", dijo Klinsmann. "La parte especial es que queremos llegar es a la Copa Confederaciones del 2017 en Rusia lo antes posible."
 
Aunque Estados Unidos posee un récord 13G-8E-1P en duelos contra los Reggae Boyz en Copa Oro, Klinsmann ve un rival formidable y no tiene intención de tomarlo a la ligera.
 
"Es un rival muy difícil, muy difícil para jugar", comentó. "Jamaica totalmente merece estar en las semifinales. Ellos son probablemente el equipo mejor preparado en esta competición debido a la forma en que se estructuraron para la Copa América."
 
Los jamaiquinos finalizaron 0G-0E-3P el mes pasado en la Copa América, perdiendo sus tres salidas en Chile (contra Uruguay, Paraguay y Argentina) por el mismo marcador 1-0. El actual campeón del Caribe se ha recuperado muy bien en la Copa Oro, ganando el Grupo B de forma invicta 3G-1E-0P.
 
"Ellos han estado juntos durante dos meses". "Ellos están bien fisicamente-, ayudandose unos a otros, es un equipo difícil de vencer. Ese es nuestro trabajo el miércoles por la noche." concluyó Klinsmann

 
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