Albrightís dramatic goal provides 2-2 draw with Jamaica; U-17s win 4-0.KINGSTON, Jamaica (Wednesday, September 8, 1999) -- Twenty-year-old midfielder Chris Albright scored his first goal on his first touch of the ball, less than two minutes after entering the game in his international debut to give the United States a 2-2 draw against Jamaica at National Stadium tonight.
Albrightís tally came less than a minute after Jamaica had taken a 2-1 lead on David Johnsonís goal and moments after American striker Ante Razov was ejected. It culminated a wild 90 minutes of soccer that saw the U.S. score an early goal for a 1-0 lead, only to give up the equalizer on a penalty kick, and have a man ejected after 79 minutes.
Jamaica had its home unbeaten streak extend to 41 games. The Reggae Boyz last lost at National Stadium on November 22, 1994; a 3-0 defeat came at the hands of the U.S. Jamaica has never beaten the U.S. with four draws and five losses in nine meetings.
"We came in here and played a very tough opponent, so we're obviously happy with the effort of our team today," U.S. coach Bruce Arena.
The game looked lost for the Americans in the 79th minute when Johnson, a sub, capitalized on a defensive error to score the go-ahead goal. To make matters worse, Ante Razov was soon shown a red card for protesting what he thought was a vicious Jamaican foul.
With the U.S. down to 10 players, Albright was positioned in front of the net to slam home a loose ball that was saved by a defender off the goal lime after Ben Olsen re-directed an Eddie Lewis cross.
U.S. forward Jason Kreis scored his first international goal in eight appearances to open the scoring after five minutes. Jamaican defender Ian Goodison's attempted clearance deflected off Cayman Island referee Godfrey Bowen and to the foot of Kreis. The Dallas Burn star, spun towards goal and launched a right-footed blast into the left corner from eight yards.
Jamaica leveled the score in the 14th minute after the referee judged that Eddie Pope had fouled Ricardo Fuller inside the penalty area. Midfielder Fabian Davis stepped forward and slammed his penalty kick into the lower, left corner, past diving keeper Zach Thornton.
The U.S., currently 7-3-2 in 1999, does not have any further matches scheduled, but may try to play another game before the end of the year with the CONCACAF Gold Cup approaching in early 2000.
In the first match of the evening, the U.S. Under-17 National Team defeated their Jamaican counterparts, 4-0, behind goals from four different players. After surviving an early barrage that saw U.S. goalkeeper D.J. Countess make several excellent saves, the U.S. settled into its game and scored a pair of goals in the final moments before intermission and two more in the second half to earn the decisive victory.
The Americans netted their first two tallies in the dying moment of the first half. Landon Donovan scored the opener in the 44th minute and 6-foot-1 central defender Alex Yi doubled the lead seconds before the halftime whistle with a header off a DaMarcus Beasley corner kick.
After the break, Beasley and substitute forward Abe Thompson found the net with well-placed volleys to close out the classy win. The triumph avenges the 0-0 draw the Jamaicans squeaked out during CONCACAF U-17 qualifying, a result forced the U.S. into a two-game playoff against El Salvador. The U.S. easily captured that series to advance to the U-17 world championship in New Zealand from November 10-27.
The U.S. will play in the tournament opener against the host Kiwis on November 10 in Auckland, and continue to play Poland (November 13) and Uruguay (November 16) in group play.
United States 2, Jamaica 2Lineups: Jamaica - Aaron Lawrence, Frank Sinclair, Linval Dixon, Ian Goodison (Michael Johnson, 70), Ricardo Gardner, Fabian Davis (Steve Green 72), Christopher Dawes, Andy Williams, Theodore Whitmore (David Johnson, 61), Ricardo Fuller (Darrell Powell 76), Marcus Gayle (captain); United States - Zach Thornton (Kevin Hartman, 46), Greg Vanney, Eddie Pope (Chad McCarty 68), Leo Cullen, Steve Cherundolo, Eddie Lewis, Richie Williams (captain), Ben Olsen, Henry Gutierrez (Chris Albright 78), Jason Kreis (Josh Wolff 46, Billy Walsh 90), Brian McBride (Ante Razov 46).
Shots: Jamaica 8, United States 9. Saves: Jamaica 3, United States 2. Corner kicks: Jamaica 2, United States 2. Fouls: Jamaica 15, United States 10. Offside: Jamaica 2, United States 1. Yellow card caution: Jamaica - Dawes 79; United States - Williams 55. Red card ejection: United States - Razov 79.
Referee: Godfrey Bowen (Cayman Islands). Assistant referees: Anthony Garwood (Jamaica), Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica). Attendance: 20,000 at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Weather: 74 degrees, partly cloudy.
United States (under-17) 4, Jamaica (under-17) 0Lineups: Jamaica - Allien Whittaker (Keith Wilson 46), Garfield Rennicks, Dane Chambers (Shane Stevens 46), Sheldon Battiste, Kevin King, Kingsley Brown (Reinaldo Stewart 85), Sean Fraser, Keith Kelly (Deshaun Wollery 59), Craig Gordon, Anthony Bennett, Dwayne Richards; United States - D.J. Countess, Seth Trembly (Peter Withers 76), Alex Yi (Greg Martin 67), Nelson Akwari, Oguchi Onyewu (Kellen Kalso 79), Bryan Jackson (Justin Detter 84), Kenneth Cutler, Kyle Beckerman (Bobby Convey 59), DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan (Adolfo Gregorio 76), Jordan Cila (Abe Thompson 59).
Shots: Jamaica 11, United States 13. Saves: Jamaica 4, United States 3. Corner kicks: Jamaica 4, United States 7. Fouls: Jamaica 13, United States 15. Offside: Jamaica 1, United States 1. Yellow card caution: Jamaica - Stevens 70; United States - Onyewu 28, Jackson 81.
Referee: Hughill Thompson (Jamaica). Assistant referees: Reinalda Francis (Jamaica), Michael Mitchell (Jamaica). Attendance: 17,230 at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Weather: 76 degrees, partly cloudy.