US Men’s Soccer Loses 1-0 to Jamaica in Friendly

United States Men's National Team Defender Omar Gonzalez (3) tries to keep the ball away form Jamaican Men's National Team Forward Shamar Nicholson (11) during an international friendly between the United States and Jamaica. Photo by Justin Cooper/CSM/Shutterstock (10281767ac)

The US Men’s National Soccer team lost in a disappointing matchup with Jamaica in a tuneup for this summer’s Gold Cup.

The Stars and Bars dropped their match to the Caribbeans by a 0-1 final in a match played on home turf in Washington, DC.

The United States pressed Jamaica throughout the match, but their efforts were not ultimately rewarded with a goal.

Jamaica, on the other hand, scored a goal in the 60th minute to seal a victory with a shot by substitute Shamar Nicholson. This was all they needed in order to claim a confidence-boosting victory.

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter was happy with his team’s effort on Wednesday, but recognized that it wasn’t enough, saying “Overall, the effort was okay, but we performed poorly tonight.”

A performance like Wednesday night’s was certainly not what the Americans were looking for heading into the Gold Cup.

The CONCACAF tournament kicks off on Wednesday, June 18th with a game against Guyana.

Fortunately for the USMNT, they have another chance to tune up on a Saturday before the tournament in another friendly match against Venezuela. They’ll look to sharpen up their tactics and get into a good rhythm before the Gold Cup, a tournament in which they are considered one of the favorites.