Jamaica Attracts 1-1 With US in World Cup Qualifiers

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Jamaica’s Michail Antonio (18) celebrates scoring his facet’s first aim in opposition to United States throughout a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. (AP Photograph/Fernando Llano)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Tim Weah’s Eleventh-minute aim was matched by Michail Antonio’s spectacular 34-yard strike within the twenty second minute, leaving the USA with a 1-1 draw in opposition to Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night time.

Coming off Friday’s 2-0 dwelling win in opposition to Mexico, the U.S. was seeking to transfer into robust place to succeed in the World Cup as qualifying handed the midway level. However a degree on the street nonetheless left the People on monitor to say certainly one of three spots from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The U.S., which survived a disallowed Jamaican aim within the 84th minute, has 15 factors going into its ultimate six qualifiers. Pending late video games, Mexico was subsequent with 14 adopted by Canada (13), Panama (11), Jamaica (seven), Costa Rica and El Salvador (six every) and Honduras (three).

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Canada performed Mexico in 20-degree climate with snow anticipated in Edmonton, Alberta. Costa Rica hosted Honduras and Panama was dwelling in opposition to El Salvador.

Loud reggae performed on audio system throughout warmups earlier than a crowd of 1,100 at 35,000-seat Independence Park, often known as The Workplace, the place a statue of Bob Marley sits outdoors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was Jamaica’s first dwelling recreation with followers since October 2019.

The scoreboard was off, and there was no seen recreation clock. The temperature was a snug 83 levels for the 5 p.m. begin.

U.S. passing was not as crisp on the tough area because it was throughout final week’s recreation on the glowing new stadium in Cincinnati, and the People had far fewer touches within the attacking third.

Weah’s cross led to Christian Pulisic’s go-ahead aim Friday. Towards the Reggae Boyz, Weah exchanged passes with Ricardo Pepe, continued his run and muscled previous Bobby Decordova-Reid towards aim. From an especially tight angle on the left facet, Weah slotted the ball from 6 yards previous goalkeeper Andre Blake, off the far publish and in for his second worldwide aim.

Earlier than the sport, the general public deal with announcer launched the 21-year-old Weah as a son of former FIFA Participant of the Yr George Weah — the present president of Liberia — and a mom of Jamaican descent.

The aim was solely the second within the first half for the U.S. in eight qualifiers.

With Jamaica enjoying on the twenty fourth anniversary of clinching its solely World Cup look, Antonio tied the sport with a solo effort, the longest-distance aim within the ultimate spherical of qualifying.

The Premier League participant of the month for August with West Ham, he took a contact to his proper to create house from Tyler Adams and despatched the ball previous the outstretched left arm of Zack Steffen and just below the crossbar for his second worldwide aim. Antonio had by no means earlier than scored outdoors the penalty space for membership or nation.

A cross ricocheted off Antonee Robinson’s proper shoulder in thirty eighth however the arm was tucked in and Costa Rican referee Juan Gabriel Calderón didn’t blow his whistle.

Gianluca Busio had the most effective U.S. likelihood of the second half, placing a long-range shot over the bar within the 52nd, and Decordova-Reid skied an open 6-yard shot a minute later. Christian Pulisic, nonetheless getting match adopted a sprained left ankle, entered within the 66th for Weah.

Damion Lowe headed in Leon Bailey’s nook kick within the 84th however was whistled for a foul, pushing Walker Zimmerman to succeed in the ball.

Chris Richards and Gianluca Busio entered the U.S. lineup rather than Miles Robinson and Weston McKennie, each serving one-game suspensions for playing cards. The lineup averaged 22 years, 341 days, second-youngest for the U.S. in a qualifier behind the 22 years, 61 days that began final month’s 2-1 win in opposition to Costa Rica.

Richards and Zimmerman began in central protection collectively for the primary time.


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