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USA defeat Jamaica in final World Cup qualifying tune-up

Sebastian Lletget played sharp once again, Feilhaber, McCarty also impressed

Soccer: International Men's Soccer Friendly-Jamaica at USA Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Morris nabbed the winner in the 59th minute, as the U.S. Men’s National Team narrowly defeated Jamaica 1-0 before 17,903 freezing fans. The friendly is the final tune-up before the pivotal qualifier in San Jose at Avaya Stadium on March 23rd.

The artificial turf at Finlay Stadium made it more difficult than usual to keep possession

Sebastian Lletget got the start on the left wing and was aggressive from the onset, drawing a corner kick and a dangerous free kick centrally early. Soon afterwards Lletget created a turnover leading to another corner, then minutes later beat his man on the wing and found Juan Agadelo from a tight angle for the game’s most dangerous chance.

Late in the half, a Benny Feilhaber corner kick was squared straight to an onrushing Dax McCarty who quickly one-touched to Lletget, and his left curler inside the box missed the post by inches.

The US started the second half off brighter, and would eventually be rewarded: A neat bit of interchange between Jordan Morris and the excellent Benny Feilhaber would eventually create the game winner in the 59th minute, as Morris neatly finished past the Jamaican keeper.

Jamaica never managed to truly threaten substitute goalkeeper David Bingham’s net as the US closed out the match.