KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Goals by Carlos Bocanegra and Chris Klein got the United States off to a fast start Wednesday en route to a 2-1 win over Jamaica in an international friendly at the National Stadium.
It was the third friendly of the year for the young, almost exclusively MLS-based U.S. team, which defeated Canada, 4-0, but followed with a lackluster 1-0 loss to Argentina.
In the most recent game, Argentina -- also fielding a domestically based team -- cut apart the U.S. midfield and defense, holding the Americans to two shots while maintaining constant pressure.
But results, according to U.S. coach Bruce Arena, are less important than finding talent that can fill in for aging stalwarts with the Confederations Cup looming in June.
On Wednesday, Arena continued his tradition of never playing the same lineup twice. He slid Bobby Convey into the midfield, placing Nick Garcia alongside Danny Califf in the central defense -- giving the Kansas City Wizards player his first national team start. He also replaced the injured Sasha Victorine with Steve Cherundolo, called in from German club Hamburg SV.
The moves worked as Convey, Klein and Landon Donovan needed just 11 minutes to break down a team not known for its defense as Convey's corner kick service got the scoring going.
Convey's 11th-minute cross to Bocanegra for a header past a still Jamaican defense was an almost exact replica of the one he assisted on against Canada.
But Klein's goal was the stunner and it took most of the air out of the crowd. Coming two minutes later off a broken play at midfield on a restart, Bocanegra seized the ball and fired it forward to a speeding Klein, giving the Wizards midfielder a chance that he looped over Aaron Lawrence into the top corner of the net.