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Unimpressive Reggae Boyz lose to USA

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 2:38 PMRobert Bailey
United States' Benny Feihaber (10) defends Jamaica's Je-Vaughn Watson(15) during first half of a friendly match on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Chattanooga. USA won 1-0.
United States' Juan Agudelo (9) is defended by Jamaica's Damion Lowe (3) during first half of a friendly match on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Chattanooga. USA won 1-0.
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Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's Reggae Boyz went down 1-0 to the United States in their friendly international played at the Finley Stadium in Chattanooga on Friday night. 

Jordan Morris netted the all-important goal for the Americans in the 58th minute, when he found himself with space and only substitute goalkeeper Ryan Thompson to beat after a neat exchange with a teammate.

Morris, who was buy throughout the contest slotted the ball powerfully under the advancing Thompson, who had replaced his counterpart Andre Blake at the start of the second half.

Boys' Town's prolific striker Shamar Nicholson and Cornwall College's Schoolboy Jourdaine Fletcher both made their debuts, as they were brought on by Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore in the 82nd  minute.

However, the they could do nothing to lift the Jamaicans, who failed to create any meaningful chances as the US dominated the second stanza.  


IN PHOTO: United States' Juan Agudelo (9) is defended by Jamaica's Damion Lowe (3) during first half of a friendly match.

The Americans also dominated the first half possession as they created a number of clear chances, which their attackers failed to convert.

Jamaica also had an opportunity in the first half but former Kingston College star Romario Campbell could not get a positive touch on the ball from about six-yards out after good work from Corey Burke on the left hand side.

The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to take on Honduras in another friendly match in Houston on February 16.

They are using both games as part of their preparations for the Caribbean Cup finals and CONCACAF Gold Cup later this year.