USA 4-1 Jamaica: Christian Pulisic and Co cruise to victory over the Caribbean outfit with SEVEN championship players, while ex-West Ham forward Sebastian Lletget scores double late to seal a comfortable friendly win
- The United States took the lead through Barcelona fullback Sergino Dest
- Brendan Aaronson added a two-goal pillow before Jamal Lowe struck
- Former West Ham man Sebastian Lletget scored twice in just eight minutes
- Jamaica put seven Championship players in their starting line-up
- The US had City’s Zack Steffen and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic on their team
Sergino Dest scored his first international goal with a spectacular 25-meter shot, while Sebastian Lletget added a few goals in the second half as the United States beat Jamaica 4-1 in a friendly match in Austria on Thursday night.
Brenden Aaronson scored in the 53rd minute for the US. Jamal Lowe got the goal from Jamaica in the 70th minute after a counterattack, with goalkeeper Zack Steffen being cut off after Andrew Gray slipped a pass from right-back Reggie Cannon.
Christian Pulisic returned to the US lineup for the first time since October 2019 and played the first half. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this was only the third game on a FIFA play date for the Americans since November 2019.
Barcelona fullback Sergino Dest (left) is overrun by his American teammates after his opener
Brendan Aaronson provided a two-goal pillow for the US shortly after half-time.
Preparing for a Nations League semi-final against Honduras in June and the start of World Cup qualification in September, the 22nd-seeded Americans have scored seven wins and one draw in their last eight games, and they have their opponents with Outdone 23-3 by winning four. straight friendly matches.
They play at number 45 in Northern Ireland on Sunday, which opened World Cup qualification in Italy on Thursday and expect to be cautious this weekend ahead of a qualifying game against Bulgaria next Wednesday.
Dest got a pass from Yunus Musah on the left just past midfield, took about half a dozen touches as he advanced and slashed around Adrian Mariappa and past Michael Hector before beating diving goalkeeper Jeadine White with a curling into the far post , shot with right from about 25 meters.
Swansea forward Jamal Lowe (L) got one back for Jamaica to ensure a nervous finish for the US
Dest, a 20-year-old who made his sixth international appearance, started as a left back. Dest is usually a right back and the occasional right wing at Barcelona, where he is in his first season, scoring his first two goals at Real Sociedad last weekend.
Musah made his third appearance, his first since making a long-term commitment to the US this month. He had played for England’s national youth teams.
Pulisic was replaced by Aaronson at the start of the second and Chris Richards took over from Aaron Long. Aaronson cleared Reyna in the 52nd minute, but Reyna took a poor first touch in the goalkeeper.
Sebastian Lletget scored twice in the last ten minutes to ensure victory for the US.
Aaronson doubled the lead in the 53rd minute with his second international goal, a 4-yard shot on pass from Josh Sargent, who had dribbled around Ethan Pinnock.
Lletget scored on a few single shots, on passes from Nicholas Gioacchini in the 83rd minute and Luca de La Torre in the 90th minute.
American coach Gregg Berhalter made five changes from the last time the US played on a FIFA date, with Aaron Long and John Brooks starting in central defense, Kellyn Acosta in defensive midfield, Lletget in advanced midfield and Sargent on attacker as part of a 4-3. -3 formation.
Jamaica brought seven championship players into their starting line-up, including Blackburn’s Amari’i Bell (bottom left) and Watford’s Andre Gray (bottom right)
Bristol City defender Adrian Mariappa duels for an air ball with American midfielder John Brooks
Long and Brooks were linked to the central defense for the third time following CONCACAF Nations League games against Ecuador in March 2019 and against Canada in November 2019.
Gio Reyna joined Pulisic and Sargent in the attack. Sargent has not played for the US since November 2019.
Jordan Siebatcheu replaced Sargent in the 82nd minute, the 64th debut since the October 2017 loss to Trinidad, preventing the Americans from reaching the 2018 World Cup. The total includes 41 debuts under Berhalter.
Kasey Palmer, also from Bristol, puts American Kellyn Acosta under pressure in the early stages