- Brandon Vázquez (88')
- Damion Lowe (13')
Interim coach B.J. Callaghan was still on the sidelines for the defending champion USMNT after coaching the team to the Nations League title, but he was overseeing a very different side against Jamaica, one that was comprised largely of MLS players and without most of the European stars that beat Canada last Sunday.
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A much more first-choice XI for Jamaica, which featured Premier League players Michail Antonio, Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Leon Bailey, took the lead in the 13th minute when Damian Lowe sent a diving header from Demarai Gray's free kick past Matt Turner in the U.S. goal.
"For me, the biggest takeaway is the same exact thing we've told the players throughout this tournament is that our goal is to just get better each day," Callaghan said after the match. "And so we're going to be we were able to get better in this game. And we're just going to continue to push to get better.
"We always knew that this was going to be a strong opponent. It's a very talented to make a team that can that can hurt you in many different ways."
A sloppy foul by Aidan Morris on Kevon Lambert gave Jamaica a penalty and a chance to double its lead, but Turner came up huge and saved Bailey's spot kick, with the Aston Villa forward also shanking his close-range attempt from the rebound wide of the far post.
A pair of substitutes nearly had the U.S. back on level terms just after the 70th minute, but Blake once again came up big to save Cristian Roldan's first-time shot after Cade Cowell had played the ball into him from the byline.
With time running out, another substitute Vazquez smashed home a volley from the top of the six-yard box after a cross from Ferreira was handled poorly by the Jamaica defense and it fell perfectly for the prolific FC Cincinnati striker.
"There's a lot of learning moments for us," Callaghan added. "And at the same time, I think there was a lot of great responses that we saw tonight. So we'll build on the positives. And again, continue to navigate group play one step at a time."
The draw was unusual for the U.S. in Gold Cup openers, having won 15 times in its last 16, the blemish a 1-1 draw against Panama in 2015. Overall, the Americans have 38 wins, five draws and one loss in the group stage -- a 2-1 defeat to Panama in 2011.
The U.S. and Jamaica both have group games left against St. Kitts and Trinidad and Tobago to determine which two teams will advance to the knockout stage.
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