Tim Weah’s 11th-minute goal was matched by Michail Antonio’s spectacular 35-yard strike in the 22nd minute, leaving the United States with a 1-1 draw against Jamaica in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night.
Coming off Friday’s 2-0 home win against Mexico, the US were looking to move into a strong position to reach the World Cup as their qualifying campaign passed the halfway point. But a point on the road still left the Americans on track to claim one of three spots from Concacaf qualifying.
The US, who survived a disallowed Jamaican goal in the 84th minute, 가지다 15 points going into their final six qualifiers. 하나, 멕시코 (14 포인트들), 캐나다 (13) and Panama (11) were all due to play later. Jamaica have seven points in fifth place.
The game was played before a crowd of 1,100 at 35,000-seat Independence Park, known as The Office, where a statue of Bob Marley sits outside. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this was Jamaica’s first home game with fans since October 2019.
US passing was not as crisp on the rough field as it was during last week’s game in Cincinnati, and the Americans had far fewer touches in the attacking third.
Weah’s cross led to Christian Pulisic’s go-ahead goal on Friday. Against the Reggae Boyz, Weah exchanged passes with Ricardo Pepe, continued his run and muscled past Bobby Decordova-Reid. From an extremely tight angle, Weah slotted the ball home from six yards past goalkeeper Andre Blake for his second international goal.
With Jamaica playing on the 24th anniversary of clinching their only World Cup appearance, Antonio tied the game with a solo effort. The Premier League player of the month for August with West Ham, he took a touch to his right to create space from Tyler Adams and sent the ball past the outstretched left arm of Zack Steffen and just under the crossbar for his second international goal. Antonio had never before scored outside the penalty area for club or country.
A cross ricocheted off Antonee Robinson’s right shoulder in 38th but his arm was tucked in and Costa Rican referee Juan Gabriel Calderon did not blow his whistle.
Gianluca Busio had the best US chance of the second half, putting a long-range shot over the bar in the 52nd, and Decordova-Reid skied a shot from six yards out a minute later. Christian Pulisic, still getting fit followed a sprained left ankle, entered in the 66th for Weah.
Damion Lowe headed in Leon Bailey’s corner in the 84th but was whistled for a foul, pushing Walker Zimmerman to reach the ball.
The US trusted youth once again. Their lineup averaged 22 연령, 341 일, the second-youngest for the US in a qualifier behind the 22 연령, 61 days that started last month’s 2-1 win against Costa Rica.