Ricardo Pepi scores two goals to lift USMNT over Jamaica in World Cup qualifier

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Riccardo Pepi scored a pair of goals early in the second half to become the youngest American to score 18 consecutive World Cup qualifiers, as the United States scored 2-0 on Thursday night. In the victory of Jamaica dominated.

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Pepi, who scored his first international goal to break the second-half tie in Honduras, accelerated the end-to-end movement by leading America in the 49th minute and added another goal in the 62nd.

Pepi made his Major League Soccer debut for Dallas in June 2019 and decided on Mexico just before the start of qualifying to play for the US. His sudden rise on the international stage has sparked interest in European clubs interested in a transfer.

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Playing without injured attackers Christian Pulisic and Gio Reyna, the 13th-ranked Americans won their second consecutive qualifier after starting with a pair of draws and winning four of 14 matches in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean regions. Later it improved to eight points. , the other Six Nations all played later on Thursday.

Number 59 Jamaica, who have not gone to the World Cup since 1998, have one point after four matches.

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The next match for the US is Sunday’s game in Panama followed by a home match against Costa Rica in Columbus, Ohio, next Wednesday.

Play . took place on the 20th anniversary of US win 2-1 over Jamaica In Foxboro, Massachusetts, which secured a World Cup berth, the Americans’ first match since the 9–11 terrorist attacks.

America had an up and down right in the first half, before a raucous, pro-American crowd of 20,500 at Q2 Stadium, which opened about 8 miles north of downtown Austin in June, with Sergio Dest on the right and Antoine Robinson was. Left. But the crosses were never linked and the Americans rarely threatened.

Granada referee Ron Radix twice refused to issue a red card for Jamaican fouls which the US thought deserved expulsion. CONCACAF has refused to mandate video reviews, saying that even though Europe and South America have gone ahead with replay assistance for match officials.

The first goal came from a swaying movement as best America could produce.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner swung the ball to his right edge, where Dest ran into it just outside his penalty area. In a sequence of about 8 seconds, Dest ran forward taking five touches and focused the ball on Yunus Moussa, who was on the run.

Musah hits four touches and wides Deest, who crosses once. Pepy split off from Damien Lowe and directed a header down from about 8 yards that went on the hoop to goalkeeper Andre Blake’s right.

Pepi scored again when he re-directed a cross from Blake past Brendan Aaronson with a right-footed shot from 6 yards after Robinson played the flank quickly.

When America began to put on fresh legs, Gyasi Jardes failed to connect for an open shot on a cross from Tim Weh in the 79th minute.

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