Jamaica drew 1-1 with the United States in the World Cup qualifiers in Kingston on Tuesday, which disappointed the United States after its victory over Mexico last week.
American forward Timothy Weah opened the scoring in the 11th minute, but West Ham United forward Mikhail Antonio equalized with a stunning long shot in the 22nd minute. Defender Damien Lowe made a header from a corner kick in the 84th minute, briefly giving Jamaica the lead, but his efforts were banned due to a foul.
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In the 53rd minute, Jamaican Bobby De Cordova Reid made a close attempt to fly over the crossbar, and the US team also escaped.
After winning the last four games against Jamaica, the American team is expected to dominate. Excited about the 2-0 victory over Mexico last week Saw the attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic returning to the game. But a young American team seemed to lose momentum on Tuesday.
“We know we have to come, you know, just play our game style, I don’t think we have fully reached the goal yet,” Weah said. “…I think we are glad we didn’t lose points.”
The American football team stated that the average age of the 11 starting players was 22 years and 341 days, making it the second youngest men’s team in the World Cup qualifiers. The team scored 15 points in eight games, putting it in a good position in one of the three automatic points for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with six more games to play next year.
“When you think about the young people of this team, this team has inexperience…We are on the right track,” head coach Greg Berhalt told reporters after the game. “We have always been tenacious and this team is very personal.”