Substitute Chris Albright, a midfielder for D.C. United, scored in the 80th minute to give the U.S. men a 2-2 draw with Jamaica today in an international friendly match before 20,000 at National Stadium.
Albright's goal came less than two minutes after he made his international debut and only a minute after Jamaica had taken a 2-1 lead.
The match marked the 41st consecutive game Jamaica has played at home without a loss, dating from November 1994, when it fell, 3-0, to the United States.
The tying goal came after a cross by Eddie Lewis was headed toward the goal by Ben Olsen. Goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence knocked the ball to his left where an unmarked Albright, three yards from goal, easily tapped it in.
At 20, Albright is the youngest member of the team and one of seven players who earned their first U.S. national team appearance in the match.
"[Jamaica's defense] seemed to have lost me in the box," Albright said. "My job was easy. Eddie put a great ball in and Ben did the work from there."
Jamaica, which had the run of play throughout, seemingly had the game under control following David Johnson's strike in the 79th minute. A poorly handled cross by substitute U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Hartman led to Johnson's chance.
"This was a game that we really should have won," said Jamaica assistant coach Peter Cargill, who took over the team in place of hospitalized manager Rene Simoes. "We had the game won, that's what I think. It might have been some bad luck."
The United States opened the scoring in the fifth minute. A cleared ball from Jamaica defender Ian Goodison came to an unmarked Jason Kreis, who scored from eight yards on the left side.
In the 14th minute, the quick counter-attacking Jamaican side drew level from the penalty spot after Ricardo Fuller was tripped in the U.S. area by defender Eddie Pope (D.C. United). Fabian Davis hit a powerful spot kick low to the left side, giving goalkeeper Zach Thornton no chance.
The United States was reduced to 10 men in the 79th minute when Ante Razov was sent off for dissent. The United States brought what was essentially its third team with all but one member of the 19-man roster playing in Major League Soccer.
"This was a good challenge for us," U.S. Coach Bruce Arena said. "We had a number of guys come in to a very challenging venue and play their first game and walk out with a result. I think it was a real learning experience against a very good opponent."
United States 1 1 2
Jamaica 1 1 2
SCORING -- U.S.: Jason Kreis 5th minute, Chris Albright 80th. Jamaica: Fabian Davis (PK) 14th, David Johnson 79th.
LINEUPS -- U.S. -- Zach Thornton (Kevin Hartman 46), Steve Cherundolo, Leo Cullen, Eddie Pope (Chad McCarty 68), Greg Vanney, Eddie Lewis, Richie Williams, Henry Gutierrez (Chris Albright 78), Ben Olsen, Brian McBride (Ante Razov 46), Jason Kreis (Josh Wolff 46, Billy Wash 90); Jamaica -- Aaron Lawrence, Fabian Davis (Steve Green 73), Linval Dixon, Ian Goodison (Michael Johnson 70), Ricardo Gardner, Frank Sinclair, Christopher Dawes, Theodore Whitmore (David Johnson 61), Andrew Williams, Marcus Gayle, Ricardo Fuller (Darryl Powell 76).