If there was any doubt whether the visitors would be feeling the pressure in Kingston, they were quickly dispelled. The United States started brightly, quickly pressing their flustered hosts back into their own half and forcing them into mistakes. It took less than two minutes for the first shot to come in, with Michael Bradley smacking a volley off the post and away after a poor clearance.
Donovan Ricketts had been well beaten by the midfielder's effort, and he stayed down, having injured his shoulder. Even though he managed to stay in the game, that apparent injury only encouraged the visitors to shoot from range; Jermaine Jones attempted to imitate Bradley's strike but saw the goalkeeper claim comfortably. Miscommunications and general incompetence ensured the Jamaica were being put under constant pressure, and although they occasionally broke out, the US have looked more likely to score in the first fifteen minutes of this match.