Jamaica Vs. USA, 2014 World Cup Qualifying: Halftime Score 1-1, USMNT Struggling After Hot Start

The United States got off to a perfect start in Kingston and appeared to be on their way to a comfortable result, but they got a bit complacent mid-way through the first half. A disastrous minute for Kyle Beckerman led to a Jamaica equalizer, and the Reggae Boyz will be happy to take a 1-1 draw into halftime.

Clint Dempsey, who wasn't a lock to start due to his recent lack of game time, scored the opener after just 36 seconds of play. Herculez Gomez set up the chance with a fantastic run and a great bit of persistence. He had to fight off a defender to get a shot attempt in from a narrow angle, and he did well to force Dwayne Miller into a save. He pounced on the rebound and failed to score again, with Nyron Nosworthy getting in the way of the shot.

Unfortunately for Jamaica, the rebound fell into the path of Dempsey, who provided a composed finish to put the Americans ahead.

Usagoal

Jamaica didn't look like they had much fight in them for a long period of time after that goal, but were granted a gift in the 23rd minute when Beckerman committed a foul just outside the penalty area. Rodolph Austin stepped up to take the free kick and Beckerman committed his second mistake in the minute by jumping and allowing the ball to go under him. It took a deflection off his leg, which fooled Tim Howard and allowed the ball to find the net.

Jamgoal2_medium

While Jamaica started the match flat, they were the better team in the latter half of the first 45 minutes. Both managers will have a lot of potential changes to consider in the locker room, and it wouldn't be stunning to see halftime subs.

You can follow our coverage in our Jamaica vs. USA StoryStream. For more on the Yanks, head over to U.S. soccer blog Stars and Stripes FC. Check out their video preview of the match below.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.