WASHINGTON (AP) — Not much went right for the United States in its next-to-last prep match for the CONCACAF Golf Cup.
Jamaica dealt the U.S. just its second home defeat to a Caribbean nation in a half-century, beating the Americans 1-0 in an exhibition on Wednesday night that made coach Gregg Berhalter’s new-look team appear far from prepared for the fast-approaching tournament.
Shamar Nicholson took advantage of a giveaway by Christian Roldan to score from outside the penalty area in the 60th minute, five minutes after he entered the match.
“We lacked speed. We lacked aggression in the final third,” Berhalter said. “When the ball’s wide, there should be four guys in the penalty box and we only had two half the time.”
Without midfielders Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams, the U.S. failed to generate much offense, and striker Josh Sargent squandered what chances he did have, including a point-blank shot that went wide in the 71st minute. The Americans had installed a new, alternate formation during just two days of training.
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