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Under-17 Men's National Team Gets Set for Jamaica


When the U.S. meets Jamaica tomorrow, it will be the third straight CONCACAF Under-17 qualifying tournament that the two have faced off in. Prior to 1999, the teams had never met in CONCACAF Qualifying. At the 1999 tournament in Jamaica, both teams were undefeated when they met in the last match of the tournament. Jamaica needed only a draw to advance, while the U.S. needed a win. Boosted on by a home crowd, Jamaica recorded the scoreless draw they needed, sending the U.S. into a playoff. The teams met again just over two years later, this time on U.S. soil. The U.S. topped Jamaica 2-1 in their first match of the qualifying tournament, and Jamaica never recovered. The Reggae Boyz finished at the bottom of the four-team table, losing all three matches.

U.S. vs. Jamaica in Qualifying Play
1 win, 0 losses, 1 tie; 2 GF: 1 GA
Date           Result     Event                                                       Location
02/28/99     0-0 T     Final Round – CONCACAF Qualifying     Montego Bay, Jamaica
04/18/01     2-1 W    Final Round– CONCACAF Qualifying     St. Louis, Mo.


The U.S. Men’s National Team holds an amazing 8-0-5 record against Jamaica’s senior team, including a 2-1 win in Kingston earlier this year.


The U.S. faced Jamaica to open up Under-17 Qualifying in 2001 in St. Louis. Here’s a brief recap of that match:

U.S. v Jamaica
April 18,  2001
St. Louis, Mo.

Scoring Summary
            1     2     Final
USA     0    2     2 (Quaranta 70-pk, Marshall 76)
JAM     1    0     1 (Shelton 36)

U.S. Line-up: 18-Adam Schuerman; 8-Jordan Harvey, 12-Gray Griffin (capt.), 14-Chad Marshall, 6-Chris Lancos; 15-Jordan Stone, 16-Craig Capano, 7-Mike Magee; 9-Santino Quaranta, 17- Erwin Diaz (3-Justin Mapp, 46), 10-Ed Johnson (4-Paul Johnson, 84).

After surviving a scare for the first hour, the United States' Under-17 Men's National Team scored two goals in a six-minute span in the second half to post a 2- 1 win against Jamaica on the opening day of the CONCACAF Group A qualifying tournament. The scoreline was a flattering one for Jamaica and did not display the American’s domination in the match, who outshot Jamaica 30-7 in the match. Santino Quaranta opened the scoring for the U.S. in the 70th minute, slipping a penalty kick past the helpless Jamaican goalkeeper. Six minutes later Chad Marshall scored the well-deserved winner with his first international goal, heading home Craig Capano’s corner kick.


Jamaica has only qualified for one FIFA Under-17 World Championship, earning a spot in the 1999 event after the scoreless draw with the U.S. At the World Championship in New Zealand, Jamaica was outscored 10-0 and finished 16th of 16 teams.


Jamaica has already played six qualifying matches to get to the final round tournament in Guatemala. In those six qualifying games, Jamaica outscored their opponents 19-3. Jamaica advanced from Caribbean Group B by hammering St. Kitts & Nevis and Antigua & Barbuda. Those four wins advanced Jamaica into a play-off with the winner of Caribbean Group C, which turned out to be Republica Dominicana. Jamaica topped Republica Dominicana 5-0 on aggregate in a two-legged playoff to advance to Guatemala. Jamaica scored in the first minute of their first match in Kingston and then cruised to a 4-0 win, despite playing with 10 men for the second half. Jamaica brought a huge lead into the second leg in San Cristobal, and not only held on to the lead, but scored a late goal to secure a spot in the final round of qualifying.

09/20/02: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Warner Park
Jamaica 5 (Seon Giveans 17’; Donovan Miller 36’; Steve Morrissey 54’, 57’, 59’)
St. Kitts & Nevis 1 (Valentine Richardson 51’)

09/22/02: Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis; Warner Park
Jamaica 2 (Steven Morrissey 22’ – Zikomo Condor 7’)
St. Kitts & Nevis 1 (Anthony Christie 15’)
(Jamaica Win Series 7:2 On Aggregate)

10/06/02: Kingston, Harbour View Mini-Stadium
Jamaica  6 (Donovan Miller 3’; Steven Morrissey 10’, 15’; Marvin Benbow 53’; Seon Giveans 68’; Orlando Dorma 87’)
Antigua & Barbuda 1 (Clifford Samuel 24)

10/20/02: St. John’s, Antigua
Antigua & Barbuda 0
Jamaica 1  (Donovan Miller 38’)
 (Jamaica Win Series 7:1 On Aggregate)

Final Round (Over Two Legs)
11/24/02, Spanish Town, Jamaica; Prisons Oval
Jamaica 4  (Steven Morrissey 1’; Anthony Christie 69’; Bryan Bayliss 78’, 80’)
Republica Dominicana 0

12/08/02: San Cristóbal; Estadio Reformatorio
Republica Dominicana 0
Jamaica 1 (Kemar Munroe 72’)
(Jamaica Win On Aggregate 5:0)


In preparation for the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, Jamaica recently hosted Canada for three international friendlies. Jamaica opened the series with a 2-0 win on February 19 at Tony Spaulding Sporting Complex with a pair of goals in the final ten minutes. Two days later at Spanish Town Prison Oval Seon Giveans equalized for the Caribbean side in the 65th minute, and the teams settled for a 1-1 draw. The series concluded with a scoreless tie on February 23.