USA vs. Jamaica – International Friendly, March 25, 2021
Having already booked their place in the final round of World Cup qualifying, CONCACAF rivals USA and Jamaica clash for a friendly in Austria on Thursday, March 25.
The Stars and Stripes can extend their unbeaten streak to eight games with a positive result, while the Reggae Boyz will be looking for their first win over the US since 2019.
You can find my prediction and pick for USA vs. Jamaica below. But first, let’s kick things off by checking out the odds.
USA vs. Jamaica Odds
The USA (1.62) heads into this one as the clear favorite with all the best online betting sites. Still, there is a chance that Jamaica (5.50) could upset the odds on Thursday.
With a new-look roster and a number of solid results behind them, the Reggae Boyz will surely fancy their chances of snatching at least a draw (3.80).
USA Analysis and Team News
For obvious reasons, the US only played four games in 2020. However, Gregg Berhalter’s men still managed to pick up high-scoring victories over Panama (6-2) and El Salvador (6-0), along with impressive results against Costa Rica (1-0) and Wales (0-0).
Overall, the States finished last year with a record of 3-1-0, scoring a whopping 13 goals while conceding just two.
The Stars and Stripes picked up where they left off last year by crushing Trinidad and Tobago 7-0 in their only match of 2021 so far. Jesus Ferreira grabbed the headlines, bagging two goals and three assists. But there were also braces for Jonathan Lewis and Paul Arriola and a goal for Miles Robinson.
Berhalter’s roster looks very different this time around, with stacks of European-based players included. Big names like Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Sergino Dest (Barcelona), and Zack Steffen (Manchester City) are included, alongside plenty of familiar faces.
Having scored 19 goals across their previous three games, Berhalter’s men will be confident of inflicting some serious damage on Jamaica.
Assessing Jamaica’s Chances
In all honesty, it is difficult to gauge exactly how Jamaica will fare on Thursday.
Head coach Theodore Whitmore has selected a 19-man roster made up entirely of players based in England and Jamaica, with as many as eight new faces in line to make their international debut.
Among the fresh faces, Andre Gray (Watford), Ethan Pinnock (Brentford), and Liam Moore (Reading) will add undoubted quality to the side, while guys like Michael Hector (Fulham) and Adrian Mariappa (Bristol City) have been on the international scene for years.
The Reggae Boyz have only lost one of their last nine outings, picking up seven wins and one draw along the way. However, their recent record against the US isn’t pretty.
Whitmore’s men have managed to claim just one victory over the States since 2017. The Stars and Stripes have sealed three wins in that time, kept one clean sheet, and scored over 1.5 goals on two occasions.
USA vs. Jamaica Pick
USA to Win1.62
It safe to say that this is the USA’s biggest challenge for quite some time. Berhalter’s side has been netting goals for fun of late, with a number of high-scoring victories coming against a series of weaker nations.
I’m expecting Jamaica to give the States a run for their money on Thursday, but I’m confident that the US will come out on top. With all the big-name European-based players back in Berhalter’s roster, the USA should win this one.