Benny Feilhaber and Dax McCarty have been waiting for a chance to get back into the United States national team fold. At the hour mark against Jamaica, they found that moment they’ve been waiting for.
McCarty played a long ground pass upfield to Feilhaber who played a 1-2 combination with Morris and the young Sounders striker slotted home for the USA for the game’s only goal from a chilly night in Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Finley Stadium.
New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo went the distance for the US registering one shot off target, four fouls committed versus three suffered. His teammate Je-Vaughn Watson captained Jamaica and also played all ninety minutes, also taking a shot.
Sebastian Lletget also was a force for the US midfield, operating well down the left flank with fullback Jorge Villafana. Lletget had the USA’s best chance in the first half when his curling effort after a corner kick routine left him wide open at the top corner of the box. Centerbacks Steve Birnbaum and debutante Walker Zimmerman helped hold Jamaica to zero shots on target for the combined shutout with keepers Luis Robles and David Bingham.
After the goal, Bruce Arena subbed in regulars Michael Bradley, Alejandro Bedoya and Darlington Nagbe in an effort to find a midfield combination for a crucial World Cup qualifier in March. The US will be without Jermaine Jones due to suspension against Honduras, leaving an important spot in the starting lineup up for debate for the Americans over the next few weeks.
There’s no real highlights from this game, but we did get to see DaMarcus Beasley get a late cameo at left back which brings back a lot of happy memories and interesting ideas.
As far as I’m concerned that photoshop was worth watching the entire USA-Jamaica game and I regret nothing.
So how do you think the two Revs players, Agudelo and Watson did? Did anyone else stand out for the USMNT? Leave your comments below.