US wants to finish World Cup qualifying strong

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There is little riding on Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica for the US men’s national team in Kansas City, Mo. The Americans have already booked their ticket to Brazil.

Don’t try to make that argument to goalkeeper Tim Howard, though.

‘‘I think we’d still like to finish top of the group. That’s important to us. We did that last cycle and felt really good,’’ Howard said. ‘‘It’s also an opportunity to impress. It’s an opportunity to be in front of Jurgen [Klinsmann] and the coaching staff.’’ With only five international fixture dates before the start of World Cup training in May, Klinsmann is starting to narrow down his potential roster, there are still jobs to be won.

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