Career Memories Against Jamaica
For several players in the U.S. roster that will face Jamaica on June 7 in Kingston, this particular opponent holds special meaning.
June 6, 2013
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The 20 lifetime matches against Jamaica have produced some special moments for players in their careers - Joe-Max Moore scoring the pair that led to the USA’s qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup immediately comes to mind. But there are three players on this particular roster that will count experiences against Jamaica as some of their most memorable. Did you know…
- Clint Dempsey earned his first cap against Jamaica, appearing as a sub in the 1-1 draw on Nov. 17, 2004, in Columbus. He has two career goal against the Reggae Boyz, scoring the fastest goal in U.S. history when he struck 36 seconds in to the 2-1 loss in the Semifinal Round qualifier here in Jamaica. He also netted the insurance goal in the 2-0 win on June 19, 2011, in the quarterfinal of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- The game-winner that day was scored by Jermaine Jones, marking his first international goal for the United States against Jamaica. Born to American father who served in the U.S. military, Jones famously saluted in his goal celebration to recognize his dad. Jones has added one more goal to his tally, scoring in the 5-1 thrashing of Scotland on May 26, 2012 in Jacksonville.
- Danny Williams officially became cap tied to the United States after he represented the U.S. in
official competition, starting in the qualifier on Sept. 7, 2011, here last year. A dual German-American citizen, he played his first match for the United States on Oct. 8, 2011, against Honduras. He now has 12 appearances overall.