EX-HUDDERSFIELD Town loan striker Jermaine Beckford heads for Honduras tonight aiming to build on his first international goal but knowing Jamaica’s World Cup hopes hang by a thread.
The 2-1 defeat by the USA left the Reggae Boyz anchored to the foot of the six-team group with just two points at the halfway stage of the 10-match programme.
Three teams qualify automatically, with Costa Rica, USA and Mexico currently tied on seven points, while a fourth, at the moment Panama, go into a play-off.
Jamaica badly needed to beat Jurgen Klinsmann’s US, and ex-Town loan man Beckford’s 89th-minute equaliser to Jozy Altidore’s 30th-minute opener sparked a busy finale.
But it was the visitors who claimed the spoils through Brad Evans, who struck two minutes into time added on.
Both Beckford and fellow former Town man Theo Robinson came off the bench to win fourth caps under coach Theodore Whitmore.
Beckford’s header provided Jamaica with only their second goal in five qualifiers and their first since the 1-1 home draw with Panama in game two.
Tonight’s other games are between Mexico and Costa Rica and the USA and Panama.
After tonight’s tie, Jamaica play Panama (away) and Coast Rica (home) in September and USA (away) and Honduras (home) in October.