Gregg Berhalter insists 1-1 draw with Jamaica is a positive result

Lizzy Becherano
Gregg Berhalter sees USMNT result against Jamaica as positive
Gregg Berhalter sees USMNT result against Jamaica as positive / John Dorton/ISI Photos/GettyImages

The US men’s national team walked away from Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Jamaica with just the one point, drawing 1-1 at National Stadium Independence Park.

But despite the mediocre performance and scoreline, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter admitted the team is looking back at the match 'as a good result'. 

"We're not looking at it as a disappointing result. We're looking at as a good result. Anytime we can get a point away from home is a good thing and CONCACAF qualifying and I want to be very clear by saying that.

“I think for the guys to have their heads down because we wanted more is completely natural, but this is a point that will absolutely take on the road."

With the draw, the USMNT concluded the November window with four out of a possible six points. They managed to reach second place on the Concacaf table with 15 points in eight matches after Canada ultimately trumped the American side with their 2-1 victory over Mexico on Tuesday night in Edmonton. 

Berhalter continues to assess the situation with a glass half-full perspective. 

"That was our objective of the window," Berhalter revealed.

The US men’s national team kicked off the international break with a stunning 2-0 triumph against Mexico to revive the famous “dos a cero” tagline. During the game, however, Miles Robinson and Weston McKennie both reached a yellow card limit that forced a one-game suspension to be completed against Jamaica. 

Gianluca Busio and Chris Richards replaced McKennie and Robinson in the roster, but the changes impacted the American side on the field. The team struggled against a stronger Jamaica, who retaliated almost immediately after Timothy Weah scored in the 11th minute. 

West Ham striker Michail Antonio wove easily through the American midfield and defense with almost no resistance to score what may be considered the goal of the November window. 

Even Berhalter could not argue against it. 

"It's one of those goals where really you just turn around and clap your hands and say, 'Amazing goal, amazing individual effort,' and you can't do much about that," Berhalter said.

The US now goes into the new year having secured their place before the next round of qualifiers kick off on January 27 against El Salvador.