The USMNT lost to the Jamaican National on Wednesday by a score of 1-0 in D.C. This game was in preparation for the Gold Cup which starts up on the 15th. The Gold Cup is the major tournament of Gold Cup of CONCACAF and determines the continental champion of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The Gold Cup is held every two years.
By all accounts, the game was not a stellar one for the USMNT and if you make the mistake of going on to US Soccer Twitterverse you’ll think the world has collapsed and soccer in the states has been set back 100 years. Everyone needs to calm down. Head Coach Berhalter stated that this game was less of a warm-up for the Gold Cup and more a reward for the younger players who worked their butts off in training.
There isn’t a lot but there are some Richmond ties worth mentioning. On the Jamaican side, there is Damani Osei. Damani went to high school at Cosby, spent time in the Richmond United Academy, and is currently part of MLS Portland Timbers Academy program. He has seen time with U-20 and U-17 Jamaican National team. This week he was training with the senior team but didn’t make the squad for the game.
Currently, the U-20 World Cup is going on which means former Richmond Academy current DC United player Chris Durkin and current Richmond Kicker Aboubacar Keita are busy getting their sides into the quarterfinals. Both would have likely seen some minutes in this game.
You’ll be able to catch the USMNT next on June 9th as they face Venezuela in their final warmup before the Gold Cup.
Don’t forget the U-20’s are making their run for the World Cup and face Ecuador on Saturday at 11:30 AM. Finally, I’d be completely remiss if I didn’t mention the USWNT as they work towards their 4th World Cup title. The Lady Yanks first game in France is June 11th against Thailand.
All photos by Suzanne Velasco.