Another United States Men’s National Team game, another shutout for Matt Turner. The New England Revolution goalkeeper continued to impress as the USMNT defeated Jamaica 2-0 on Thursday evening in Austin Texas.
The game got off to a wild start with there being a clear denial of a goal scoring opportunity seconds into the match but only a yellow card was handed out by the referee. Also since this is CONCACAF the same exact thing happened in the 34th minute.
Jamaica sat back and forced the United States to try and break down the wall that was its back line. The USMNT struggled to get any dangerous scoring opportunities and were left frustrated entering the half.
The second half was much more fun for fans of the stars and stripes as the Ricardo Pepi train ran all over Jamaica. In the 48th minute, he headed a Sergino Dest cross into the far bottom corner of the net to give the USMNT a well-deserved lead.
Pepi wasn’t done yet as he would once again find the back of the net in the 61st minute to make Andre Blake’s night even more disappointing. It was quite a homecoming for the 18-year-old who was born in Texas.
It was another quality performance for Turner who wasn’t tested a lot but answered the bell when a curling shot was sent on net. He distributed the ball well and didn't do anything to change his status as the top keeper for the United States with his 9-0-2 record between the sticks.
Besides the people’s keeper, Yunus Musah had an impressive outing completing 93 percent of his passes and having 54 touches. The Valencia midfielder was great getting into the final third with the ball at his feet and is now officially cap-tied to the United States.
Also, Tim Weah had an impressive performance off the bench for the USMNT. In 22 minutes played, Weah had two chances created and was a constant cause of concern for Jamaican defenders.
Turner will look to continue his quality run of form for the USMNT when they face Panama on Sunday.