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United States beats Jamaica in final friendly of January camp

Jordan Morris scores the only goal in the friendlies.

Soccer: International Men's Soccer Friendly-Jamaica at USA Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Camp Cupcake ends with a 1-nil win by the United States over Jamaica. It was the only goal of the January friendlies. Jordan Morris took a pass from Benny Feilhaber and slipped it by Ryan Thompson in the 59th minute.

As they did against Serbia, the US struggled to generate an offense, but were stout in defense.

Former Sounder Damion Lowe was at centerback for the Jamaican side, with Oniel Fisher playing as their left back.

That meant that late in the game two Seattle Sounders competing for right back playing time squared off as Brad Evans subbed into the match. Their contest featured speed of foot against speed of thought. Evans, the latter, got the better side of that.

Evans earned 22 minutes of play. Fisher, Lowe and Morris all played the full 90.

Morris’ role with the US, in a more traditional 4-4-2, was to drop back. That meant that he rarely got the opportunity to showcase his speed, instead focusing on footwork and interplay to gain space. It was on such a play that he scored his goal.

Fisher looked fine in his time as a left back, surging forward frequently and trying to control the attack when he did. Evans was more conventional in his full back play, protecting a lead. Neither dominated their role in such a way that they are the clear choice for Brian Schmetzer, but they will join the Sounders soon and compete for that playing time.

Brad Evans hugs Damion Lowe

It’s now time to move towards competitive games. The United States plays in a World Cup Qualifier on March 24th. The Seattle Sounders kick off MLS play on March 4th, but their first preseason match is on February 4th in Tucson.

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