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A Look Back: U.S. vs. Jamaica (1988)

In a continuation of U.S. Soccer’s series of 90-Year Anniversary articles, attached is “A Look Back,” an article recapping a U.S. National Team game from the past, which also serves to preview an upcoming match between the same two teams. 

In this edition, we look back at a crucial 1990 World Cup qualifying match between the two nations, a game in which a loss would have eliminated the U.S. from advancing to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. The U.S. has never lost to Jamaica in 12 overall international matches, compiling a 7-0-5 lifetime record.  Tonight’s match kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and can be followed live on’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The game will also be broadcast tape-delayed on Telemundo at 12:30 a.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. CT & PT.



ST. LOUIS, Mo. (August 13, 1988) - The U.S. Men’s National Team avoided elimination from 1990 World Cup qualifying after trouncing Jamaica 5-1 on Aug. 13, 1988, in Fenton, Mo., in the second match of their two-leg CONCACAF second round qualifying match-up.  The victory placed the USA into the final five-team final round qualifying group, where the United States would later earn one of the two berths to the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

After playing to a scoreless draw in the first match of the home-and-home series in Kingston on July 24, 1988, midfielder Brian Bliss gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead over Jamaica going into the second half of the final match at the St. Louis Soccer Park.

As the second half kicked off, Jamaica served the USA a crushing blow as Alton Sterling leveled the score at 1-1 in the 54th minute.  The U.S. was now staring elimination in the face, as a 1-1 result would have sent Jamaica through to the next round on the away goals tiebreaker.

The U.S team would send the crowd of 6,100 home happy, though, after exploding for four goals in the game’s final 22 minutes to book passage into the final round.  Second-half substitute Hugo Perez gave the United States the lead via a penalty kick goal in the 68th minute, and forward Frank Klopas sandwiched two goals in the 76th and 85th minutes around a strike from defender Paul Krumpe in the 78th.

- USA vs. JAMAICA GAME REPORT (August 13, 1988) -

Participants:  U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Competition:  CONCACAF Second Round – 1990 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
Venue:     St. Louis Soccer Park – Fenton, Missouri
Date:  August 13, 1988
Attendance:  6,100
Weather:  Warm, Humid, Rain

Scoring Summary: 1 - 2 - F
United States 1 - 4 - 5
Jamaica 0 - 1 - 1

USA – Brian Bliss (Peter Vermes), 18.
JAM – Alton Sterling (Winston Anglin), 54.
USA – Hugo Perez (pk), 68.
USA – Frank Klopas (Bruce Murray), 76.
USA – Paul Krumpe (Bruce Murray), 78.
USA – Frank Klopas (Paul Krumpe), 85.

USA – David Vanole, Steve Trittschuh, Kevin Crow, Mike Windischmann (Hugo Perez, 45),
Desmond Armstrong, Rick Davis, Paul Krumpe, Brian Bliss, Frank Klopas, Jim Gabarra (Bruce
Murray, 64), Peter Vermes.

JAM – Campbell, Gaynor, Thompson, Brooks, Corbett, Grant, Anglin, Sterling, Christian, Tullock,
Hudson (Newman, 45) (Cargill, 55).

Statistical Summary:    USA    JAM
            Shots                    10        5
            Saves                    2         3
            Corner Kicks        3         1
            Fouls                    15       15
            Offside                 2          2

Misconduct Summary:
JAM – Tullock (caution)  30.
USA – Trittschuh (caution)  62.
JAM – Anglin (caution)  80.
JAM – Grant (caution)  89.

Referee: David Brummitt (CAN)