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June 7, 2013
US snatches stoppage-time win over Jamaica

Brad Evans scored his first international goal in stoppage time to lift the USA over Jamaica in Friday’s World Cup qualifying match.
Brad Evans scored his first international goal in stoppage time to lift the USA over Jamaica in Friday’s World Cup qualifying match.
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KINGSTON, Jamaica---Brad Evans scored in stoppage time to give the United States a 2-1 win over Jamaica in a World Cup Qualifying game at the National Stadium Friday night. It was the first time the U.S. had ever won a qualifier at “The Office.”

The U.S. held a one-goal lead for more than an hour but gave up a late equalizer to set the stage for Evans’ dramatic winner.

Following a short corner, Michael Bradley calmly found Evans inside the penalty area. The Seattle Sounders midfielder took a quick turn and buried the ball into the net.

Jozy Altidore, who had not scored a goal under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann until Sunday’s friendly against Germany, gave the U.S. the lead in the 30th minute.

Graham Zusi got around a defender on the right side and sent a beautiful cross across the face of the goal. Altidore sailed through the area and headed the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

The U.S., which allowed two late goals in Sunday’s US Soccer Centenary Match, let down its guard late in the game again on Friday, allowing the home side, which does not have a win in the CONCACAF hexagonal, to tie the game up on what should have been an innocuous free kick.

After Zusi committed a foul some 40 yards out, Rodolph Austin floated a free kick into the area, and Jermaine Beckford maneuvered unguarded and snapped a header into the net, catching U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard flat footed.

The U.S. got off to a quick start, with Bradley volleying a shot off the left goalpost and Fabian Johnson having a shot blocked.

After Altidore gave the U.S. the lead, Jamaica came close to equalizing just nine minutes later, when Ryan Johnson lifted a ball over Omar Gonzalez and Austin put a shot off the post. Just before the half, Marvin Elliott sent a header over the net.

The U.S. suffered a blow in the 59th minute, when Jermaine Jones suffered a concussion going up for a ball in front of the U.S. goal.

The Americans came close to a two-goal lead in the 71st minute. Bradley chipped a ball into the area. Clint Dempsey got between two defenders and sent his header just over the bar.

With a big road win, the U.S. finds itself in good shape as it comes into back to back home games against Panama and Honduras.

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