Jamaica beats US 2-1 in World Cup qualifier

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Rodolph Austin and Luton Shelton scored on free kicks as Jamaica rallied to beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in a World Cup qualifier, giving the Reggae Boyz their first win over the Americans.

Clint Dempsey, playing his first competitive match in three months, put the U.S. ahead 35 seconds in with the fastest American goal in a World Cup qualifier. But the 60th-ranked Reggae Boyz, who had been 0-10-8 against the U.S., rallied with goals in the 23rd and 62nd minutes on free kicks caused by fouls from Kyle Beckerman and Maurice Edu.

Jamaica (2-0-1) leads Group A with seven points at the halfway point, followed by the U.S. (1-1-1). Guatemala (0-0-1) hosted Antigua and Barbuda (0-1-1) later Friday.