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USA 1-1 Jamaica: Brandon Vazquez scores late as USMNT avoid defeat in Gold Cup defense

The USA’s Gold Cup title defense began on Saturday night with a 1-1 draw against Jamaica in Chicago.

Jamaica took the lead through Damian Lowe in the thirteenth minute when Reggae Boyz debutant Demarai Gray rounded a defender with a free kick.

When American midfielder Aidan Morris converted a penalty kick later in the half, Leon Bailey had a chance to put the visitors ahead 2-0.

But the Aston Villa winger let go of his strain hard and slotted his free-kick at the perfect point for year-old Matt Turner to save far quicker than he additionally sent the rebound wide.

“He’s just coming in at an important time for us,” interim coach BJ Callaghan mentioned after the sports game about Turner on FOX. “And you expect that from the big players.”

Damion Lowe celebrates after heading in a 1-0 lead for Jamaica

Leon Bailey had a chance to put the Reggae Boyz striker 2-0 up from the spot in the twenty-ninth minute.

But his effort was simply saved by Matt Turner earlier than Bailey additionally missed the rebound

Brandon Vazquez scored a late equalizer for the USMNT from close range in the 88th minute.

The sequence appears to have revived the band at Soldier Field in Chicago, but it would take place some time earlier than the United States revealed the tie-in.

Brandon Vazquez made an 88th-minute error to put the USA on the line and the striker, now tied with the USA (he was also eligible for Mexico), is not the only member to impress from the bench.

In fact, Callaghan praised almost every substitute after the game, including Cristian Roldan, George Mihailovic and center Jalen Neal, who replaced the injured Aaron Long at halftime.

Cade Cowell additionally injected energy into the sport after his introduction, and it was his cross from the left that gave Roldan a golden alternative from around six yards that was saved by Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake in the 71st minute.

Similar to labor’s 2021 Gold Cup, the USA chose an almost entirely new lineup after winning the Nations League.

As of Saturday’s start, Turner was the only member to additionally start in last week’s Nations League final against Canada, with Alex Zendehas and Alan Sonora also on the roster for the event.

The USMNT will face St. Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday before wrapping up the group stage with a trip to Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

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