USMNT vs. Jamaica
2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round – Game 4
October 7, 2021
Stade Q2 ; Austin, Texas
Pre-game coverage: 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN +; 7 p.m. ET on Univision, TUDN
Kick off: 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN +, Univision, TUDN
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Tonight’s USMNT starting XI against Jamaica: 1-Matt Turner, 2-Sergiño Dest, 3-Walker Zimmerman, 4-Tyler Adams (capt.), 5-Antonee Robinson, 6-Yunus Musah, 7-Paul Arriola, 8-Weston McKennie, 11-Brenden Aaronson, 12 -Miles Robinson, 16-Ricardo Pepi
Alternates: 13-Zack Steffen, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 10-Cristian Roldan, 14-Luca de la Torre, 15-Chris Richards, 17-Sebastian Lletget, 18-Mark McKenzie, 19-Matthew Hoppe, 20-Tim Weah, 21-George Bello, 22-Shaq Moore, 23-Kellyn Acosta
USMNT Starting XI cap numbers (including this game): Paul Arriola (40), Weston McKennie (26), Tyler Adams (18), Walker Zimmerman (18), Antonee Robinson (16), Sergiño Dest (14) , Miles Robinson (13), Brenden Aaronson (11), Matt Turner (11), Yunus Musah (7), Ricardo Pepi (2)
USMNT XI WCQ cap numbers (including this game): Paul Arriola (8), Brenden Aaronson (4), Tyler Adams (4), Antonee Robinson (4), Miles Robinson (4), Matt Turner, (4), Sergiño Dest (3), Weston McKennie (2), Ricardo Pepi (2), Yunus Musah (1), Walker Zimmerman (1)
With an average age of 23 years and 111 days, tonight’s starting lineup is the second youngest to line up by USMNT in World Cup qualifying history after the lineup that kicked off the match. last month in Honduras, a 4-1 victory on September 8, 2021 in San Pedro Sula.
Eight players are 24 and under: Antonee Robinson and Miles Robinson (24); Weston McKennie (23), Tyler Adams (22); Brenden Aaronson and Sergiño Dest (20); Yunus Musah and Ricardo Pepi (18)
The team has an average of 15 selections and seven in official competition.
Tyler Adams, Miles Robinson, Matt Turner and Ricardo Pepi are the four starters in the game against Honduras. Brenden Aaronson and Antonee Robinson also came off the bench and each scored one goal in the 4-1 win.
Defender Walker Zimmerman and midfielder Yunus Musah will make their World Cup qualifying debuts tonight, bringing the team’s total qualifying starts to 18 in four matches. This figure is equal to the total number of first qualifying caps obtained in the 16 qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.
Zimmerman last appeared in the 1-0 win over Canada in the Gold Cup group stage final on July 18, while Musah last appeared in the 4-0 friendly victory against Costa Rica on June 9.
With the selections of Yunus Musah and Ricardo Pepi, Gregg Berhalter will launch two 18-year-olds in a World Cup qualifier for the first time in USMNT history.
Tyler Adams will captain the USMNT for the third time this evening. The RB Leipzig midfielder wore the armband in the friendly 4-0 victory over Costa Rica on June 9 and the 0-0 draw with El Salvador to open World Cup qualifying on September 2.
After missing September qualifying with injury, Paul Arriola is making his first USMNT appearance since captaining the team in the Gold Cup final on August 1 in Las Vegas.
Tyler Adams, Miles Robinson and Matt Turner are the only three players to have played every minute of World Cup qualifying so far.
Robinson and Turner start their 10e back-to-back matches, stretching back to the Gold Cup opener against Haiti on July 11 in Kansas City. USMNT are 7-0-2 and have conceded just three goals in that span.
With five goals and three assists, 20-year-old Brenden Aaronson’s 8 G + A figure is USMNT’s second-best player in 10 appearances after just Eddie Johnson (9; 8 + 1) and Peter Millar (9; 9+ 0).
With goals against Canada and Honduras last month, if Aaronson scored tonight he would become the eighth player to score in three consecutive World Cup qualifiers, and only the third to do so in three consecutive matches. after Brian McBride (2005) and Jozy Altidore (2013).
Aaronson is one of three starters to have already scored against Jamaica. He and Sergiño Dest both scored in the 4-1 friendly victory on March 25, 2021 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Weston McKennie also scored the opener in the 3-1 Gold Cup semi-final victory on July 3, 2019 in Nashville.
Substitute forward Matthew Hoppe scored his first international goal against Jamaica to give the United States a 1-0 Gold Cup quarterfinal victory on July 25 in Arlington, TX.
Zimmerman’s first international appearance was against Jamaica, a 1-0 victory on February 3, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
If he came off the bench tonight, midfielder Kellyn Acosta would appear in his 18e live USMNT match. His current 17-game streak is the highest since Landon Donovan appeared in 31 straight games from 2001 to 2003.
Starters Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie enter tonight’s game in custody. If either player receives a yellow card against Jamaica, they will be suspended for the United States’ next qualifying game in Panama on Sunday.
Seven substitutes could also make their World Cup qualifying debuts tonight: Matthew Hoppe, Luca de la Torre, Shaq Moore Chris Richards, Zack Steffen and Tim Weah
Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, defender DeAndre Yedlin and midfielder Gianluca Busio are the three players in the roster who are not wearing the uniform tonight.
Teams can dress up to 23 players and are entitled to a total of five substitutions at three different times during the match.
Reon Radix of Granada is the referee for tonight’s match. Although he never served as center referee for a USMNT game, he was the fourth referee for the 1-1 draw with Canada on September 5 in Nashville and the 1-0 victory over Honduras in Concacaf Nations League semi-final on June 3. in Denver.
Tonight’s game is played on the 20the anniversary of the United States’ 2-1 victory over Jamaica in 2001. The first game for a national team after the 9/11 attacks, the victory combined with other results saw USMNT qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The USMNT have won each of their last three meetings with Jamaica, including two this calendar year. The United States won a 4-1 victory over Les Reggae Boyz in a friendly on March 25 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, before winning 1-0 in the Gold Cup quarterfinal on July 25 in Arlington, TX.
USMNT are 18-3-8 against Jamaica and 5-1-6 in World Cup qualifying. The United States is 4-0-2 against the Reggae Boyz during the Home World Cup qualifiers.