Late strike lifts United States in FIFA World cup qualifying

Updated: 08 June 2013 12:21 IST

Costa Rica notched a 1-0 victory over Honduras in San Jose on Friday courtesy of Roy Miller's 25th-minute strike, while Mexico played to a goalless draw against Panama in Panama City.

Late strike lifts United States in FIFA World cup qualifying

Kingston, Jamaica:

Brad Evans' goal in injury time lifted the United States to a 2-1 triumph over Jamaica on Friday in the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean.


Jurgen Klinsmann's US team snatched three crucial points thanks to the last-gasp goal from Evans, which came three minutes after Jermaine Beckford appeared to salvage a draw for Jamaica with an 89th minute equalizer.

Jozy Altidore had put the United States ahead 1-0 in the 30th minute.

Off a corner kick, Michael Bradley beat a Jamaican defender and found Seattle Sounders defender Evans, who turned and fired the ball into Donovan Ricketts' net.

The victory gives the United States seven points, level with Costa Rica and Mexico atop the six-nation final qualifying group, although the USA and Costa Rica have a game in hand.

Costa Rica notched a 1-0 victory over Honduras in San Jose on Friday courtesy of Roy Miller's 25th-minute strike, while Mexico played to a goalless draw against Panama in Panama City.

The top three teams will advance to next year's World Cup finals in Brazil, with the fourth-place team playing New Zealand for another berth.

The United States appeared to be in firm control after Altidore opened the scoring with a header off a cross from Graham Zusi.

The visitors controlled the pace, but nine minutes after Altidore's strike Jamaica threatened as midfielder Rodolph Austin gathered the ball in the penalty area only to see his attempt deflect off the far post.

The United States got a scare 11 minutes into the second half when Jermaine Jones was forced out of the game after a flying collision with Jamaica defender Daniel Gordon. Geoff Cameron replaced him in the 59th minute.

Altidore also departed the game with an apparent right hamstring injury in the 83rd minute, with Eddie Johnson coming on in his stead.

Nevertheless, the United States appeared on their way to collecting three points when Jamaica won a free kick that Austin curled in from the left. It found substitute Beckford directly in front of Tim Howard's goal and Beckford headed it past the US keeper.

The United States kept pressing and were rewarded with their first victory on Jamaican soil in six tries in World Cup qualifying.

Jamaica, meanwhile, remain winless in the final round and at the bottom of the table with two points from five matches.



Topics : Football Federation Internationale de Football Association United States Brad Evans Jermaine Beckford
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