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The USA beat Jamaica 4-1 in the football exhibition in Austria

The US feels right with Sergiño Dest. And left. Four days after scoring his first two goals for Barcelona as a right-back, the 20-year-old defender moved to the left and scored his first international goal with a spectacular 25-yard goal. Dest’s goal in the 34th minute brought the USA to a 4-1 win against Jamaica in an exhibition on Thursday evening in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. “The right back is good for me and the left back is good for me,” said Dest. “I don’t prefer any to be honest. I just like to play the game. “Brenden Aaronson doubled their lead in the 52nd minute and Sebastian Lletget added goals in the 83rd and 90th minutes, bringing his total to six international goals. Dest received a pass from Yunus Musah on the left just past midfield, made about half a dozen touches as he cut around Adrian Mariappa and past Michael Hector, then curled up dive goalkeeper Jeadine Whitewith in the far post right -foot shot from about 25 meters. “He’s really strong on both sides,” said US coach Gregg Berhalter. “On the left you get what you saw tonight, the ability to come in and combine and then shoot for yourself, create for yourself, open up the field that is dribbling in it. On the right, it’s more of a vertical type of game. “While the US has struggled to find left-backs, they have DeAndre Yedlin, Reggie Cannon, Antonee Robinson and Bryan Reynolds as options on the right. “Sergiño is sick – he’s so good,” said Aaronson. Jamal Lowe scored the 70th-minute counterattack for Jamaica and hit goalkeeper Zack Steffen after Andrew Gray missed a Cannon pass. Dest, who scored twice at Real Sociedad on Sunday, made his sixth international appearance and had to connect on the left with Christian Pulisic, who returned to the US line-up for the first time since October 2019 and played the first half. “Dest said.“ But yeah, I think if you play more it’ll only get better. ”The 22nd-place Americans, who are looking to play a Nations League semi-final against Honduras in June and start qualifying for the World Cup in June September, have scored seven wins and one draw in their last eight games and with four wins they have beaten their opponents 23-3 in consecutive friendlies. “I thought we were getting better,” said Berhalter. “The only thing we were missing was was the movement behind the backline. “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this was only the third game on a FIFA match date for the Americans since November 2019. The Americans play on Sunday in Northern Ireland No. 45, the World Cup on Thursday in Italy The qualifying tournament has opened and are cautious this weekend ahead of a qualifying game against Bulgaria next Wednesday, Kellyn Acosta played in defensive midfield in the absence of Weston McKennie. Musah, who made long-term US commitments against England this month, playing in central midfield rather than his broad position at Valencia. Pulisic More openings were made in the first half and Aaronson replaced Aaronson early in the second half. Aaronson doubled the lead with his second international goal, a 4-yard shot from Josh Sargent that dripped around Ethan’s Pinnock. Aaronson has shown more confidence since his loan from Philadelphia to Red Bull Salzburg in January. “I’m just happy to be here,” said Aaronson, just taking advantage of what I’ve done. “Lletget scored two goals after Nicholas Gioacchini and Luca de La Torre missed passes in the 1990s. While Pulisic, McKennie, Dest and Tyler Adams have attracted a lot of attention in this young American group, the 28-year-old -old Lletget has been a regular in the since his return in late 2018 after a serious foot injury in a World Cup qualifier against Honduras in March 2017 National team. “I’m pretty reluctant,” he said. “I hope they stay in the spotlight and they deserve it. “NOTES: Jordan Siebatcheu replaced Sargent in the 82nd minute, the 41st debut under Berhalter and the 64th debut since the October 2017 loss in Trinidad that prevented the Americans from reaching the 2018 World Cup. Jamaica started six players on their international debut: defenders Amari Bell, Kiam Moore and Pinnock, midfielders Kasey Palmer and Lowe. The 47th Reggae Boyz regulars were embroiled in a financial dispute with the Jamaica Football Federation over qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. ___ More AP soccer: and The Associated Press


Janet Smith