When and where: The 2014 World Cup qualifier kicks-off from the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage will be provided by ESPN2, with a live stream available on ESPN3.
Preview: After a shock 2-1 defeat to Jamaica in Kingston on Friday, Jurgen Klinsmann faces the most pressurized match of his tenure in charge of the U.S. men's national team. Progress to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is often taken as straightforward by the U.S., but another defeat to Jamaica in Columbus on Tuesday and it would be anything but.
It may not be quite the must-win game some claimed in the immediate aftermath of the U.S.' first ever defeat to Jamaica, but anything other than a win could well see Klinsmann's side in real peril. With just the top two sides in the four team group making it to next year's hexagonal, the U.S. currently sit level on four points with El Salvador and two behind their next opponents.
The former Germany striker and coach said that he would have no problem with the burden of expectation to get a victory.
"Pressure is always there in professional sports," he said, according to the U.S. Soccer website. "We wanted to get points in Jamaica and be in a better position than we are right now. Winning tomorrow night, which is our goal and which we are focused on very strongly, puts us back in pole position in that group. Pressure and expectations is just part of the professional environment. That's no problem."
On the back of a first ever victory in Mexico last month, things all looked well against Jamaica as the returning Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. a first-minute lead. But an inability to keep possession coupled with giving away needless free-kicks on the edge of their own area led to Jamaica coming back for a historic victory.
Klinsmann has already confirmed that two changes will be made for the return match, with the experienced duo of Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo returning to the backline. There are also likely to be alterations to a midfield that struggled on the ball last time out. Both Brek Shea and Jose Torres could well feature in an attempt to provide more creativity.
While the match was one to forget for the U.S., it was the cause of some celebration for Jamaica, who have now put themselves in a strong position to make the hexagonal. Featuring a host of players who ply their trade in Major League Soccer, Theodore Whitmore's side would relish nothing more than creating an even bigger upset on American soil.
D: Cherundolo, Cameron, Bocanegra, Johnson
M: Jones, Edu
Shea, Dempsey, Torres
D: Mariappa, Nosworthy, Palmer, Taylor
M: Bryan, Austin, Morrison, Watson
F: Johnson, Shelton
Prediction: A win is needed for the U.S. if they are to reestablish control over their qualifying fate and, at least temporarily, halt the question marks over Klinsmann's reign. With some crucial experience returning to the defense and surely more creativity and width in midfield the U.S. can expect a much improved performance. They will also relish playing on a better pitch than they faced in Kingston.
Given the pressure involved, it may not be pretty, but the U.S. should get a much sought after victory.
USA 1-0 Jamaica