Struggling offense reveals roster depth  

September, 12, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Here's the good news: Tuesday's 1-0 win over Jamaica restored order in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and brought the U.S. breathing room heading into its remaining semifinal-round games, at Antigua and Barbuda on Oct. 12 and against Guatemala four days later.

Here's the bad news: The Americans still are having trouble scoring, and that's a big problem.

The failure to finish chances could have cost the Yanks dearly at Columbus Crew Stadium. It could even come back to bite them next month. At the least, it made a much-needed victory more difficult than it had to be.

"We would have loved to get a second goal," coach Jurgen Klinsmann said afterward. "In a game like that, you need the second goal."

Getting the first proved almost as difficult.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.