-- Luis González's early goal sends Argentina to a 1-0 victory over U.S.
-- Argentina is smothering in its triumph over Americans.
Cherundolo joins team for match in Jamaica; Victorine, Olsen leave hurt.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (Tuesday, February 11, 2003) -- Defender Steve Cherundolo joined the United States men for tomorrow night's match against Jamaica while defender Sasha Victorine and midfielder Ben Olsen departed with injuries suffered in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Argentina at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla.
The U.S. delegation arrived here last night in preparation for tomorrow night's 7 p.m. (ET) friendly against Jamaica at refurbished National Stadium. Telemundo will show the game on tape delay starting Thursday at 12:30 a.m., though please check local listings as some affiliates might alter the starting time.
A crowd of 25,000 is expected. "It will be a difficult match,'' Arena told Associated Press. "It's always difficult to play in Kingston. The heat will be a factor for both teams."
Cherundolo left Hannover 96 in Germany and joined the squad last night. He will likely start at right back tomorrow night.
Several players did not travel with U.S. team yesterday from Miami to Kingston. Victorine, who started on the right side in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Argentina, suffered a right quadriceps contusion, was replaced in the 56th minute and returned to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy.
Olsen returned to MLS's D.C. United and will have tests this week in Washington on his right ankle which has been surgically repaired four times. He left the Argentina match at halftime after feeling pain in the ankle.
U.S. soccer also said that defender Eddie Pope returned to his MLS club, the MetroStars, though no reason was specified.
While U.S. Soccer did not report their departures, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (Los Angeles) and defenders Chad McCarty (Columbus) and Ryan Suarez (Dallas Burn) also are believed to have returned to their MLS clubs since they were not listed on the American roster printed in the Jamaica media.
Arena was not pleased with his team's performance against Argentina. "We're hoping that we can regroup and give a better performance,'' he said. "We just have to play better in all facets of the game. . . We're hoping that we can regroup and give a better performance. We just have to play better in all facets of the game."
Tomorrow's match holds special meaning for Jamaican-born striker Jeff Cunningham who will wear a U.S. jersey for the first time in his native country. Born and raised in Montego Bay, he moved to Florida at the age 14 and became an American citizen in November 2001. His sister and brother still live in Jamaica and Cunningham rented a bus to transport 25 family members and friends for a four-hour ride to Kingston.
Jamaica lost 1-0 to Barbados January 12 in its only match of the year. The Americans routed Canada 4-0 January 19 in their only 2003 outing before meeting Argentina.
Jamaica is "creative. They like to attack,'' U.S. forward Landon Donovan told AP. "Hopefully we can defend well and can get out and catch them on the break. It should be exciting."
National Stadium underwent a major facelift, starting in November, including installation of a new grass field. The Jamaican team trained on the pitch for the first time yesterday and gave it solid ratings.
The U.S. conducted its only training session on the new surface tonight and U.S. Bruce Arena was heard to say, "This is now the best field in the Caribbean."
The Americans have never lost to Jamaica, going 7-0-5 by a cumulative score of 21-5. In Kingston, the U.S. is 1-0-4 with a 5-2 goals advantage.
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (MetroStars), Nick Rimando (D.C. United)