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Dest scores golazo as USMNT downs Jamaica for fourth straight win

The U.S. Men’s National Team had steamrolled over Concacaf opposition in recent friendlies.

Contrary to what the scoreline might indicate, Jamaica did not prove as easy to beat.

Sergino Dest, Brenden Aaronson, and Sebastian Lletget all found the back of the net as the USMNT topped Jamaica, 4-1, in an exhibition on Wednesday. Jamaica had made things tight at 2-1 in the 70th minute at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Austria, but Lletget added a pair of insurance goals late to give the Americans a more flattering victory.

The win was the USMNT’s fourth straight, and all of them have come against Concacaf nations. Gregg Berhalter’s side had previously beaten Panama, El Salvador, and Trinidad & Tobago by a combined score of 19-2.

Dest got the fun started for the Americans in a largely uneventful first half with an impressive first international goal. The left back struck from distance with a splendid right-footed effort in the 34th minute after collecting the ball near the midfield line and dribbling forward.

Aaronson entered the match at halftime and doubled the lead shortly thereafter, pushing home a low cross from striker Josh Sargent in the 52nd minute.

The Americans found a better rhythm and were able to generate more scoring chances in the second stanza, but an attacking free kick that came back the other way gave Jamaica some life with 20 minutes to go.

Jamal Lowe opened his account for the Reggae Boyz by capping a counterattack with a classy chipped effort over USMNT goalkeeper and captain Zack Steffen.

That was as close as the Jamaicans got. Lletget buried a look in the 83rd minute to restore the Americans’ two-goal lead before adding his second of the night in similar fashion seven minutes later. Nicolas Giaocchini and Luca de la Torre set up those respective goals.

The USMNT will next travel to take on Northern Ireland in a friendly on Sunday.

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  1. A fresh breath of air having watched basically the same age group from the U-23 for 3 games. The thought process was so much faster, the touches so much crisper, the decision making so much better, etc…… No wonder these youngsters in the senior team are starting and playing in top leagues. Having said that, we will qualify and go back to the Olympics on Sunday. Go USA!

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    • It’s a Testament to the young talent we have in our player pool. Especially when considering this game was still missing our best CDM (Adams-22) and our best CM (McKennie-22). We may not be world beaters, but with a bit more experience and time together to build chemistry, we have the making of something special.

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