Matt Miazga went the full 90 minutes in the US U-20 men's national team's clean-sheet win over imploding CONCACAF U-20 Championship hosts Jamaica.
Miazga was rested for his team's preceding fixture, against Aruba, but returned to the lineup for this must-not-lose game that the young Americans duly won, 2-0, to ensure they will carry an advantage into their concluding group stage match against Trinidad and Tobago.
Teammate Romain Gall (of the Columbus Crew) followed his hat-trick against Aruba with two goals (both from the penalty spot) against Jamaica, lifting him to the top of the tournament's scoring chart (at least for a day; five-goal Gall has just one more strike than Mexico's scoring sensation, Hirving Lozano, who is expected to play El Salvador on January 19).
As two penalties conceded and an entirely unrelated (and deserved: you don't see many kicks to the groin in soccer at any level) red card would suggest, Jamaica did not have a good night. The Reggae Boyz have been derailed by injuries to key players, but have fallen well below even the diminished expectations that might permit. One point from four games means the competition will not enjoy the company of its hosts beyond the group stage.
The New York Red Bulls' homegrown center back Miazga and the US will take on Trinidad and Tobago on January 21. The winner of that game will progress to the next round of the tournament; a draw will also be sufficient for the US to advance.