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Herrera’s goal powers Americans to a 1-0 decision over Jamaica.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Wednesday, April 14, 1999) -- Midfielder A.J. Herrera scored early in the second half to give the United States under-18 men a 1-0 victory over Jamaica in the Birmingham International Festival Cup before 2,745 fans at the University of Alabama-Birmingham tonight.

In the other match, Mexico and Morocco tied 2-2.

Herrera of Albuquerque found net in the 48th minute off an assist from Kyle Martino of Westport, Conn.

The U.S., coached by Mitch Murray, the men’s coach at Saanta Clara University, faces Morocco on Friday and Mexico on Sunday as part of the six-game, round-robin tournament which is part of the Birmingham International Festival. For 49 years, the community has annually staged a festival in honor of a different nation. This year's Festival theme is "A Salute to Morocco."

United States 1, Jamaica 0

Lineups: United States - Doug Warren, J.T. Thorpe, Kevin Wickart, Matt Oliver, Ryan Gibbs, Brian Carroll (Trevor Perea 72), Ian Joy, Kyle Martino (John Jaqua 76), A.J. Herrera (Carlos Morales 80), Gus Kartes (Carlos Espinosa 66), Conor Casey; Jamaica - A. Whittaker, E. Pendergast, A. Thomas (Battiste 76), S. Stevens, L. Sailsman, K. King, K. Kelly, E. Bryan (Woolery 81), S. Fraser (Stewart 61), C. Gordon (Chambers 81), A. Bennett (Richards 56).

Scoring:
United States - Herrera (Martino) 48.

Shots: United States 13, Jamaica 10. Saves: United States 2, Jamaica 6. Corner kicks: United States 6, Jamaica 3. Fouls: United States 20, Jamaica 14. Offside: United States 9, Jamaica 5. Yellow card cautions: United States - Thorpe 43, Espinosa 71. Jamaica - Pendergast 44, Stevens 85.

Referee: Dan Burak (Raleigh, N.C.). Assistant referees: Nate Clement (Newark, Del.), Mac Pinski (Seattle). Attendance: 2,745 at University of Alabama-Birmingham. Weather:Mild, 64 degrees.

Birmingham (Ala.) International Festival Cup

(All times Eastern)

Wednesday, April 14

at University of Alabama-Birmingham
Morocco 2, Mexico 2
United States 1, Jamaica 0

Friday, April 16

at Legion Field
Mexico vs. Jamaica 6 p.m.
United States vs. Morocco 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 18

at Legion Field
Morocco vs. Jamaica 6 p.m.
USA vs. Mexico 6:30 p.m.

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