After opening with a 2-0 win over Nicaragua, Coach Jitka Klimkova's team, which faces Mexico in its final group game on Tuesday, is now assured of a semifinal spot at the Concacaf U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. The semifinal winners and third-place team qualifies for the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.
Sophia Smith opened the scoring for the USA with a 42nd minute free kick. The USA outshot Jamaica 27-9, but Jadyn Matthews equalized for the Reggae Girlz in the 88th minute. One minute later, Smith set up Jaelin Howell's close-range shot for the gamewinner.
Jan. 21 in Couva, Trinidad &
USA 2 Jamaica 1.
Goals: Smith 42, Howell (Smith) 89; Matthews (Brown) 88.
USA -- McGlynn; Girma; McKeown, Rodriguez, Morse; Pinto, Villacorta, DeMelo (Howell, 65); Turnbow (Sanchez, 45), Smith, Kuhlmann (Kim, 77).
Jamaica -- Schneider; Dennis, Harriott, Gayle, Matthews; Clarke (Adamolekun, 55), Grey (Smart, 87), Julien, Brown, Washington; Fray (Grant, 71).
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (Canada)
• Both Smith and Howell play for Real Colorado, whose Director of Coaching Lorne Donaldson is Jamaica's head coach.