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Gomez Helps US Bounce Back To Beat Jamaica 1-0

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Clint Dempsey #8 of the U.S. National Team completes a bicycle kick as Adrian Mariappa #19 of the Jamaican National Team defends in the first half on September 11, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Clint Dempsey #8 of the U.S. National Team completes a bicycle kick as Adrian Mariappa #19 of the Jamaican National Team defends in the first half on September 11, 2012 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The United States rebounded from a loss at Jamaica in World Cup qualifying, beating the Reggae Boyz 1-0 Tuesday night as Herculez Gomez curled a free kick in the 55th minute.

After hitting the frame three times in a dominant first half as goalkeeper Dwayne Miller made several sparkling saves, the U.S. went ahead after Clint Dempsey was fouled by Rodolph Austin. Gomez’s drive from 28 yards went over the defensive wall and to the left of a diving Miller, who was only able to lightly brush the ball with his fingertips.

The U.S., which made five changes to its starting lineup from Friday’s 2-1 loss in Kingston, is tied with Guatemala (2-1-1) at seven points in Group A of the North and Central American and Caribbean semifinals. Jamaica (2-1-1) also has seven points but trails on goal difference.

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