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.
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.
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.