The U.S. men’s national team is riding high at the top of the regional World Cup qualifying standings after its win last week against archrival Mexico. Next up is a trip to Kingston, Jamaica — which has proven to be anything but easy in the past (1W-1L-4D U.S. record in qualifiers).
The Reggae Boyz are down in sixth place (six points) and seven points away from the places that would earn them an automatic World Cup berth. With five home matches in their final seven matches, Jamaica will be desperate to rack up the home wins, starting with the U.S. on Tuesday.
Team U SA is well on its way to potentially clinching a World Cup berth in the next round of qualifiers in January 2022, but a loss in Jamaica could make things complicated again, depending on other results. The Americans will have two winnable home games (vs. El Salvador and vs. Honduras) and a trip to Canada in its next three matches.
Sporting News will follow the Jamaica vs. U.S. match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they are available.
Jamaica vs. USA live score
USA — Timothy Weah — 11th min.
JAM — Michail Antonio — 22nd min.
(All times Eastern)
40th min.: Speaking of VAR — Jamaica right back Javain Brown goes flying in with a two-footed lunge on U.S. captain Tyler Adams and he takes him out. If there were VAR, that’d be a red card.
38th min.: Leon Bailey kept in check by USA’s Antonee Robinson down the attacking right. Jamaica earns a corner, but nothing comes of it. Half-hearted appeal for a Jamaica penalty after a ball was whipped into the box, but the referee isn’t going for it. Replays show it came off Chris Richards’s shoulder. No hand ball. Reminder: No VAR in CONCACAF.
34th min.: Teams playing between penalty boxes and with the odd foul. It’s telling that this match has been defined by two solo efforts. Not much build-up from either team.
22nd min.: What a goal by Michail Antonio! If you’re a U.S. fan or goalkeeper Zack Steffen, you tip your cap to the West Ham man with a blast from 30 yards out that he blasted under the bar. What power behind that one.
21st min.: USMNT waste a free kick out to the left. Gianluca Busio with the ball straight out of play.
16th min.: Two big saves on point-blank shots by Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake! That U.S. goal has shifted the momentum in the USA’s favor for the moment.
11th min.: Goal USA! Out of nowhere a moment of brilliance from Timothy Weah who made a penetrating solo run down the left and lifted the ball over the shoulder of Andre Blake from a tough angle. What you might not know about Weah: His mom is Jamaican.
10th min.: No rhythm to this game. No sustained possession. Sloppy and choppy start to this for both teams.
8th min.: First yellow of the match and of course it’s Je-Vaughn Watson. Wild challenge on Gianluca Busio.
1st min.: We’re off. USA pinned in its own half to start the match. Chris Richards is the left center back, with Walker Zimmerman in his customary right center back spot.
3:53 p.m.: Young lineup. But can it get the job done?
With an average age of 22 years, 341 days, this is the second-youngest XI in #USMNT WCQ history. 🇺🇸
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) November 16, 2021
Jamaica vs. USA lineups
In a must-win home game, Bailey and Antonio start. Manager Theodore Whitmore has made two changes on his back line with Liam Moore coming in for veteran center back Adrian Mariappa and Javain Brown taking over at right back for Oniel Fisher, who isn’t even listed on the bench.
Jamaica starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-Andre Blake-GK — 20-Kemar Lawrence, 17-Damion Lowe, 6-Liam Moore, 14-Javain Brown — 22-Devon “Speedy” Williams, 15-Je-Vaughn Watson — 21-Lamar Walker, 10-Bobby Reid, 7-Leon Bailey — 18-Michail Antonio
Jamaica subs (10): Dwayne Miller-GK, Jeadine White-GK, Alvas Powell, Greg Leigh, Adrian Mariappa, Anthony Grant, Ravel Morrison, Junior Flemmings, Cory Burke, Shamar Nicholson
Already without the injured Sergino Dest and Gio Reyna, Weston McKennie (yellow cards) and Miles Robinson (red card) are out for the U.S. because of suspension, and both will leave significant holes. Gianluca Busio and Chris Richards are the replacements. Those were the only forced changes from the win over Mexico.
Christian Pulisic starts on the bench with the three-man front line of Aaronson-Pepi-Weah that worked so well against Mexico, getting another start.
USA starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Zack Steffen-GK — 5-Antonee Robinson, 15-Chris Richards, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 2-DeAndre Yedlin — 16-Gianluca Busio, 4-Tyler Adams (capt.), 6-Yunus Musah — 11-Brenden Aaronson, 9-Ricardo Pepi, 20-Tim Weah
USA subs (12): 13-Matt Turner-GK, 22-Reggie Cannon, 18-Mark McKenzie, 8-James Sands, 12-Joe Scally, 21-Sam Vines, 23-Kellyn Acosta, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 14-Cristian Roldan, 10-Christian Pulisic, 7-Paul Arriola, 19-Jesus Ferreira
How to watch Jamaica vs. USA
- Date: Tues, Nov. 16
- Time: 5 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: Universo
- Streaming: fuboTV, Paramount+
There will be 5,000 fans expected in Kingston’s National Stadium, around 15 percent of capacity. That’s still more than the Jamaicans had at their past two qualifying home games, in which they failed to register a victory.