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Despite dominance, late Marshall, Quaranta goals are needed for qualifying 2-1 victory over Jamaica.

ST. LOUIS (Wednesday, April 18, 2001) -- Despite dominating play, the United States under-17 men found themselves trailing Jamaica by a goal midway through the second half of the CONCACAF Group A qualifying tournament.

World Cup Qualifying
CONCACAF 2001
Team W L T GF GA Pts
United States 1 0 0 2 1 3
Canada 0 0 1 1 1 1
El Salvador 0 0 1 1 1 1
Jamaica 0 1 0 1 2 0
Each nation plays 3 games

Wedneday's results
United States 2, Jamaica 1
Canada 1, El Salvador 1
Friday's schedule
El Salvador vs. Jamaica, 6 (ET)
United States vs Canada, 8
Sunday's schedule
Jamaica vs. Canada, 3
United States vs. El Salvador, 5

One loss in this four-nation round robin could mean the end of the Americans’ dream of advancing to September’s under-17 world championship in Trinidad & Tobago.

Finally, the U.S. attack was rewarded with midfielder Santino Quaranta and defender Chad Marshall finding net in a six-minute span that propelled the Americans to a 2-1 victory before 1,693 at Saint Louis University’s Hermann Stadium tonight.

The victory, coupled with a 1-1 draw between El Salvador and Canada, put the U.S. on top of Group A with matches against Canada Friday at 8 p.m. (ET) and Sunday against El Salvador at 5 p.m.

"We were able to walk off the field with a win tonight, and we are happy with that," U.S. coach John Ellinger said. "Obviously I thought we should have put ourselves in a better position after the first half, but we just couldn't punch it in.

"At halftime you have to reassure the team that the first half is over, that we've missed chances, and we've got to do a little better job with finishing in the second half. I told them to stay composed and keep moving the ball. We just have to keep our chances at goal realisitic because sometimes we tend to get a little unrealistic with our chances and take shots from a long way out."

Marshall’s first goal of his seven-match under-17 career proved to be the difference in the 76th minute. Craig Capano’s corner kick appeared to be directed for Ed Johnson, but when the ball sailed over the high-scoring striker, Marshall, a central defender, was there to head it home for the 2-1 final.

Quaranta was set up for the tying penalty kick on a handball by a Jamaican defender in the box. He stepped to the spot and put the ball into the left side of the net while a helpless goalkeeper Richard McCallum dove in the opposite direction for a 1-1 tie in the 70th.

"It was not surprising that Jamaica was able to stick with us. This is qualifying and you expect every game to be a battle," Quaranta said. "I expected us to come out and get some more goals. We outshot them 30-7, and you would expect us to get a few goals from that many shots. Overall I thought it was a decent performance. Defensively, I thought we really dominated. They didn't have any great opportunities and what they had we were able to control. Offensively we played well, but we could do better finishing. However, I think we did well to get those chances."

The U.S. held a 30-7 shots advantage for the match -- 15-5 at intermission -- but trailed going into the lockerroom 1-0 on Luton Shelton’s unassisted counterattack tally in the 36th minute.

Notes: The Americans’ two goals came on their 26th and 27th shots. . . Johnson saw his streak for scoring in four straight international matches end. . . The U.S. has won its last six international matches and is 4-0 in 2001. . . U.S. men’s coach Bruce Arena, as well as several players from the full team, were in attendance.

Canadian defender Matondo will miss Friday’s game against the U.S. after receiving a red card against El Salvador.

United States 2, Jamaica 1

Lineups: United States - Adam Schuerman, Chris Lancos, Jordan Harvey, Gray Griffin (captain), Chad Marshall, Jordan Stone, Craig Capano, Mike Magee, Santino Quaranta, Erwin Diaz (Justin Mapp 46), Ed Johnson (Paul Johnson, 84). Jamaica - Richard McCallum, Copeland Lewis, Kieron Bernard, Jermaine Hardy, Leon Williams (captain), Kowri Pickersgill (Andre Whyte 78), Conrad Hunt (Akeem Priestley 82), Ramon Dee Bailey, Maurice Johnson, Luton Shelton, Richard West (Kamar Petrikin 83).

Scoring:
Jamaica - Shelton (unassisted) 36.
United States - Quaranta (penalty kick) 70.
United States - Marshall (Capano) 76.

Shots: United States 30, Jamaica 7 Saves: United States 1, Jamaica 11. Corner kicks: United States 8, Jamaica 2. Fouls: United States 22, Jamaica 14. Offside: United States 3, Jamaica 1 Yellow card cautions: United States - Lancos 23; Jamaica - Williams 6, Wahl 83.

Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico). Assistant referees: Ian Parker (Antigua), Leonel Leal (Costa Rica). Attendance: 1,693 at Hermann Stadium in St. Louis. Weather: 64 degrees, clear, cool.

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