Weah’s goal scored a bumpy draw for USA 1-1 with Jamaica in the playoffs
Kingston Damion Lowe jumped over Walker Zimmerman at the top of the 6-yard box in the 84th minute and Heading a corner kick by Leon Bailey To the left of United States goalkeeper Zach Stephen.
Back at The Office for the first time in 25 months, yellow-clad Reggae Boyz fans set out on the obvious.
Costa Rican referee Juan Gabriel Calderon whistled at Lowe to push relatively lightly into Zimmermann’s shoulder, a call not often made against the host CONCACAF side.
“He blew the siren early and it was a relief,” USA coach Greg Berhalter said.
The Americans began the second half of the World Cup qualifiers with a bumpy 1-1 draw with Jamaica on Tuesday evening. Tim Weah’s goal in the 11th minute On a 6-yard shot from his weaker left foot was compensated Amazing kick from Michael Antonio, 34 yards In the twenty-second.
“We’re still in good shape,” said United States Captain Tyler Adams. “It will be very important that we continue to win our home games, and get points on the road when we can.”
The United States has 15 points in its last six playoffs – three home games plus road games in Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Pending behind, Mexico finished next with 14 games, followed by Canada (13), Panama (11), Jamaica (seven), Costa Rica, El Salvador (six each) and Honduras (three matches). The top three countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean qualify.
“Anytime you get a point away from home is a good thing in a CONCACAF qualifier,” Berhalter said. “For men, having their heads low because we wanted more is totally normal.”
Canada played Mexico with a 16-degree temperature following the day’s snowfall in Edmonton, Alberta. Costa Rica hosted Honduras and Panama was at home against El Salvador.
Regarding the disallowed goal, Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore didn’t have a good view of the touchline.
He said, “I will not complain about the authority.”
CONCACAF does not use video review in World Cup qualifiers.
“Sometimes you don’t get that call,” Zimmerman said. “But I think it was a mistake. I think he hit me before he hit the ball.”
Reggae was played loudly over speakers during warm-ups in front of a crowd of 1,100 in the 35,000-seat Independence Park, where a Bob Marley statue sits outside. The scoreboard was down, and there was no visible game clock. The temperature was 83 degrees Celsius by the beginning of five in the evening.
Traffic in the United States has never been so fragile on rough terrain. Midfielders from Adams, Yunus Musa and Gianluca Pusio—alternate standing Weston McKinney—record 164 touches, down from 224 touches by a midfield trio in Friday’s 2-0 win over Mexico at the glittering New Stadium in Cincinnati, according to STATS Perform.
“It wasn’t a big football match,” Stephen said. “She was more physically fit and who could run longer and keep fighting.”
Weah scored his second international goal after exchanging passes with Ricardo Pepe. Weah continued his run, past Bobby Decordova-Reed and from a very tight corner past goalkeeper Andre Blake, off the post and on the inside.
“My natural instinct is to cut it up and shoot it and hit it with my right foot,” Weah said. “I got the ball in my left foot and knew I had to take this opportunity.”
Before the match, the public address announcer introduced the 21-year-old Weah as the son of former FIFA Player of the Year George Weah – the current President of Liberia – and a mother of Jamaican descent.
As Jamaica celebrates 24 years since snatching its only World Cup appearance, Antonio scored the longest-distance goal in the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers.
He won the ball in midfield, took several touches and cuts inside Adams, then hit the ball with a powerful blow past Stephen’s outstretched left arm and just under the crossbar to score his second international goal. Of Antonio’s 54 goals for club and country, this was the first from outside the penalty area.
“Without hesitation, he tore one off,” Adams said. “This was definitely one of the best.”
Stephen said it “was like a Jabulani ball”, which was criticized by goalkeepers for its rocket launch during the 2010 World Cup.
“I don’t think I had a lot of chances,” Stephen said.
Chris Richards and Zimmerman began playing central defense together for the first time.
Cross bouncing off Anthony Robinson’s right shoulder in the 38th but the arm was folded and there was no calling.
Bossio had the United States’ best chance in the second half, hitting a long-range shot over the bar in the 52nd minute, and Decordova Reed past a 6-yard open shot one minute later. Christian Pulisic, who is still fit, after spraining his left ankle, entered 66th because of a tired Weah.
“We just have to stay positive, keep positive energy in the group and keep coming back,” Weah said. “We got a point from it. We just need to go back to the next match.”
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