FOOTBALL: U.S. men lose to Jamaica, 1-0, in friendly in Washington, D.C.

Shamar Nicholson (11) celebrates his winning goal in Jamaica's 1-0 win over the U.S. (Photo: Jamaican Football Federation)

This wasn’t what was hoped for.

The U.S. men, who had compiled a 3-0-1 record in 2019, were held scoreless while Jamaican substitute striker Shamar Nicholson scored on a takeaway from American defender Christian Roldan in the 60th minute at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. had some chances, especially by Josh Sargent in the 71st minute that was wide of the Jamaican goal.

It’s the first time the U.S. men had been shut out this year, and under new coach Gregg Berhalter; the U.S. lost to Italy, 1-0, last November in Belgium.

The U.S. last lost to Jamaica in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal in Atlanta, 2-1, and now has an all-time mark of 15-3-8 against the Reggae Boyz. It’s only the second time the U.S. has lost to Jamaica on U.S. soil, now with a 12-2-3 record in home matches vs. Jamaica.

A disaster? It’s a friendly, and there is another one coming on Sunday against Venezuela in Cincinnati. But this is not encouraging.