Group A: The U.S. survived the physical battle against Trinidad & Tobago and barely won 1-0.
By Jorge Belon, Managing Editor
18-year-old striker Bradford Jamieson IV scored a goal that defeated Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday at Montego Bay Sports Complex in Jamaica.
The Los Angeles Galaxy forward sent the U.S to the second round of the Under-20 CONCACAF Championship to get them within one game away from qualifying to the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand this spring.
Jamieson made a hard run into the center of the penalty box at the same time the midfielder Paul Arriola ran the ball down the right side. Arriola entered the box, lifted his head and saw both red and white shirts crashing towards him.
A few steps behind the group was Jamieson. Arriola sent a low crisp pass to the Galaxy forward. Wasting no time, he tapped the ball to the bottom left corner of the net. The U.S pulled ahead leading 1-0 at the 78th minute.
However, this match was not a walk in the park for the Yanks. The physicality of the game affected the offensives final product, as there were 37 fouls combined between the two teams.
With five good chances produced between the two teams, the bars and stripes had a threatening opportunity. Attacking midfielder, Emerson Hyndman, nearly broke the deadlock in the 41st minute.
The Fulham FC product grabbed the ball inside the left box; he then put on a dancing display as he eluded three Soca Warriors in a congested space. A sea of red defenders surrounded the 18-year-old. Keeping his concentration, he fired a wicked shot toward the roof of the net. The T&T goalie, Johan Welch, reacted quickly to get his hand on the ball. In result, Hyndman’s powerful shot hit the crossbar and Welch caught the rebound.
In the second half the U.S continued to search for that goal, as they hogged the ball and began to expose T&T on the counter.
Jamieson was at the head of the U.S. attack by taking three shots. His first shot was cleared of the line at the 48th minute, and his second was just wide of the right hand post at the 50th minute.
Only 12-minutes left in the game remained when Jamieson scored his third goal of the tournament- solidifying the victory and placing second in group A.
“You know it’s beautiful when you win games like this,” Jamieson told CONCACF after the game. “We have to worry about our next game now. It’s all about looking forward nnfrom now on.”
The Americans will now wait to see who their next opponent is. This game will take place on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. To qualify for the U-20 World Cup, they must simply win, or will be heading home defeated.
Because so much is at stake, the Yanks will wait eagerly to see the end result between Cuba and El Salvador’s match on Thursday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
If the Lions of the Caribbean win, they will then face the U.S. However, if Salvador ties or wins, the red, white, and blue will be facing La Selecta instead.
Highlights provided by CONCACAF, http://youtu.be/PmCMSfR1YGk.