New York Red Bulls Academy prospect Chris Gloster continued his close association with the US U-17 Men's National Team, starting in the November 6 game against Jamaica that concluded the squad's brief Caribbean camp.
Gloster drew the foul that saw Jamaica defender Jamoi Topey sent off in the 34th minute, and that tilted a match decisively in favor of the young Americans. The U-17 MNT was already leading 1-0 through an early goal from George Acosta when the Jamaicans were reduced to 10 men. Andrew Carleton subsequently added a brace; Bryan Reynolds Jr scored the capper in the 87th minute.
The 4-0 win followed the team's 3-0 win over the same opponent on November 2, concluding a successful tour for John Hackworth's squad. The US U-17 MNT head coach told the Jamaica Observer "our objectives were met", as he described another positive step in his preparations for next year's CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
It was a different story for Hackworth's Jamaican counterpart, Andrew Edwards, who shared his frustrations with the Jamaica Observer:
I believe that technically and tactically we were outmatched over the two games, and more so physically. I believe if we had the physical capacity we could have done better over the period of the two games.
For Edwards, the USA's visit illustrated the gap in resources available to the two teams - a gap he believes can be closed by his Federation, were it to invest in a residency program comparable to that instituted by US Soccer.
The Jamaicans now look forward to a pair of games against Canada at the end November. The US U-17s will play in the Nike International Friendlies, starting November 30.