Dick Quinn reports that Khari Stephenson ’04, formerly of Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards and currently playing for GAIS of the Swedish Allsvenskan, has been named to the Jamaican national team side which will take on the United States Tuesday night. The Jamaica Observer comfirmed it Sunday. The game will be broadcast live from Cary, N.C. at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

My Swedish isn’t what it used to be, but according to the team’s website, Stephenson opened the season in the starting mix for his Gothenburg-based club, appearing in two league matches and six reserve team matches. The season just started, so that’s a good thing. I would expect Stephenson to be in the starting lineup for Jamaica tomorrow night — he did pretty well the last time he played against the Americans.

The US team, meanwhile, is coming off a predictable 4-1 loss to the Germans in Dortmund. The Germans themselves had been stunned by a hideous loss to Italy and were in full-blown, national face-saving mode, and a shorthanded American team couldn’t handle the ensuing wave of Teutonic desperation. As such, USA head coach Bruce Arena named a fairly strong team for Tuesday.

The USA is undefeated in 16 meetings with the Reggae Boyz, Stephenson or not.

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