The After Bar: USMNT 2 – Jamaica 1
Planting the Seed of Soccer Across America: Danny Beerseed
Just another day at “The Office”, right?
The United States men's national team beat Jamaica in dramatic fashion last night with Brad Evans smashing a stoppage-time shot into the back of the net to win 2-1. Jozy Altidore stayed hot scoring his second goal in two matches (his first in a competitive U.S. game since 2011).
Both sides exchanged chances off the post, but it was the U.S. who drew first blood. Graham Zusi found free space to cross the ball and Altidore headed it home. The second half devolved into a series of half-chances and close shaves for the Nats' defense until 89th minute when the wheels came off. Just like the USMNT's last visit to Kingston, a free-kick in a dangerous position and poor man-marking (plus a little help from being offsides), and Jamaica had their equalizer on a Jermaine Beckford header.
With four minutes of stoppage-time a Michael Bradley received a pass back from his short corner, snuck the ball under the foot of a Jamaican defender to find Evans. Evans pivoted towards the goal and fired a shot past the defense and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
Three points. Get on the plane.
The Nats continue their World Cup qualifying journey at home against Panama from Seattle at 6:30pm PT on ESPN.
Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) – “Three thoughts on the U.S.' stunning win in Jamaica”
Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) – “Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from a reassuring USMNT win in Jamaica”
Steve Davis (Pro Soccer Talk) – “U.S. now in great shape for World Cup qualifying”
Doug McIntyre (ESPN) – “U.S. finally has more width in attack”
Livio Bird (American Soccer Now) – “Office Schematics: How the U.S. Defeated Jamaica”
Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) – “The USA v. Jamaica Retro Diary: 2-1 USA WHAAAAAT!”
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