EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., May 16 (UPI) -- The United States soccer team overwhelmed Jamaica on Thursday night, 5-0, at Giants Stadium, but suffered a number of potentially costly injuries on the eve of the World Cup.
The victory made Bruce Arena the all-time winningest coach in U.S. Soccer history with 30 wins, but it was small consolation.
Team USA saw goalkeeper Kasey Keller, Greg Vanney and Clint Mathis limp off the field with injuries. Keller's injury was described as a knee contusion, Vanney apparently sprained his left knee, and Mathis was helped off clutching his left foot.
The injuries, which Arena described the injuries as insignificant, are all potentially serious and come on the heels of the torn ACL suffered Sunday by Chris Armas that removed him from the World Cup.
Keller's status is described for Sunday against the Netherlands as uncertain, Vanney likely will miss the match, and the status of Mathis was unknown. His injury seemed to be the most severe, with the young star in obvious pain. The injury was described as a bruised right big toe.
It also is expected that Carlos Llamosa will be dropped from the roster because of a lingering hamstring injury.
Arena shrugged off questions over the schedule of games, saying, "You can get hurt just as easily in training. Sometimes you train harder than you play. But you need games."
An announced crowd of 30,659 watched the Jamaicans do very little defending.
To call the game lackluster might not do it justice. Thankfully for the United States, the Jamaicans took the game as a true friendly. It was largely a non-contact match.
Joe-Max Moore helped get the Americans on the board first in the 32nd minute. He fed Josh Wolff a clean cross into the area that saw a number of Jamaican defenders standing and watching.
Wolff cleanly headed the ball home past a puzzled Aaron Lawrence, who could be forgiven for wondering what his defenders were doing.
The second American goal came in the 48th minute off a misplayed pass out of the back that Landon Donovan pounced upon. By sending it across the box to Josh Wolff, Donovan split two defenders and allowed Wolff to set up Mathis for his sixth goal of the year.
Wolff notched his second of the game and the third for the Yanks in the 60th minute when Donovan cleaned up a rebound and slotted it left to allow Wolff to punch it cleanly past Lawrence.
Donovan added the icing in the 84th minute with a clean run past three defenders on the left flank.