The United States clinched first place in the Hexagonal last night with a 2-0 victory over Jamaica. Landon Donovan only went forty-five minutes, subbed out at halftime after a lackluster first half. Klinsmann said after the match that he could have subbed out any number of players, but that he needed to send a message and get his guys going.
Donovan did make his 40th appearance in World Cup Qualifying and played his 154th match for the national team overall. He is the US's all-time record holder in Qualifying appearances, and is currently 10 caps behind Cobi Jones' all time record.
Graham Zusi, who subbed in for Donovan at halftime, was named man of the match after scoring the go ahead goal in front of his hometown fans in the 77th minute.
The loss for Jamaica eliminated them from World Cup Qualifying, with Mexico and Panama the only teams left with unsure futures. Mexico can catch Honduras for third place, and also potentially lose their current playoff spot to Panama. It all depends on what happens on the final match day with Mexico traveling to Costa Rica and Panama hosting the US.
Jurgen Klinsmann hasn't said officially whether or not he'll let Donovan return for the LA Galaxy match on Wednesday. Also unknown is Omar Gonzalez' status after being scratched from the US roster. We do know that Robbie Keane suffered a knock but will not be released from his international duty. Jaime Penedo made some great saves in a losing effort against Mexico last night, and now will face the US.