CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Jordan Morris scored in the 59th minute to lift the Cosmos to a 1-0 victory over Jamaica in an international friendly at Finley Stadium Friday night.
The win marked the first victory of Bruce Arena’s second tenure as national team head coach.
The U.S. found its first chance of the game in the seventh minute when Benny Feilhaber hit a corner kick from the left to find Dax McCarty rise outside the six-yard box as the former Red Bulls midfielder he nodded a shot just over the crossbar.
Twelve minutes later, Sebastian Lletget broke free up the left flank where he powered past two Jamaica defenders to center a pass for another ex-Red Bull, Juan Agudelo, but the striker’s first-time effort scraped just wide of the near post.
A close call on Romario Williams’ 34th minute rebound was followed up by two more U.S. chances. In the 38th minute, Morris broke free into the box, but goalkeeper Andre Blake turned his effort out for a corner kick. On the ensuing take, Feilhaber played a short corner into the box for McCarty who settled for Lletget, before the LA Galaxy midfielder’s effort curled inches past the left post.
The Americans tallied the lone goal just before the hour mark when a clever combination between Feilhaber and Morris saw the latter beat substitute goalkeeper Ryan Thompson to record his second international goal in the 59th minute. Lletget nearly doubled the lead 10 minutes later, but placed his headed effort straight at Thompson before the U.S. closed out the win.