USA scores in stoppage time to beat Jamaica

Posted by Zachary Rodgers

Brad Evans scored two minutes into second-half stoppage time to give the United States a late 2-1 win in Kingston Friday night.

Jozy Altidore opened the scoring for the second straight match, and Jamaica equalized in the 89th minute before Evans came through with the winner.

The win gives the United States seven points through four games in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, tied with Mexico and Costa Rica for first in the group.

Here are five takeaways from Friday’s win:

• Brad Evans recorded his first career international goal. Evans, who appeared in his third consecutive game for the Americans, scored on only his third shot of his international career.

• Michael Bradley, who assisted on Evans’ winning goal, continued to steady the United States midfield. Bradley led the team in touches (84) and completed passes (62). With Bradley on the field in the last two games, the United States averaged 11 chances created per game. Without Bradley against Belgium, the Americans were held to five chances created.

•  Jozy Altidore scored his 15th international goal to give the United States the lead in the 30 minute. The goal ties Altidore with Cobi Jones for 9th all-time on the U.S. career goals list. The last time Altidore scored in consecutive international games was March 28 and April 1, 2009.

Altidore has set up his teammates more effectively in the last two matches as well. In the last two games, Altidore’s created four chances (with one assist) and completed 85 percent of his passes. In his previous four games, Altidore created zero chances while completing 74 percent of his passes.

• Graham Zusi provided a great attacking option for the Americans again. Zusi, who assisted on both Altidore goals in the last two games, is tied with Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones for the most chances created in the United States’ last three games (5). Zusi’s 66 touches in the attacking third are the most for the United States in the last three games.

• The United States’ defense struggled in the second half again Friday night. In the last three games, U.S. opponents have created 11 chances with five shots on goal in the first half. In the second half of those games, U.S. opponents created 22 chances with 14 shots on goal.

Jamaica’s 89th minute equalizer came on a headed goal from a free kick. The United States has now allowed a headed goal from a set piece in each of its last three games.

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