U.S. to host Jamaica in February friendly

Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal between the USA (white jersey) and Jamaica on July 22, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

CHICAGO -- The United States will host Jamaica in an international friendly on February 3 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, it was announced Tuesday.

It will be the Americans’ second match of year, following another friendly against visiting Serbia on January 29 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

In 23 previous meetings between them, the U.S. holds a 13-2 advantage in win over the Jamaicans. They last squared off in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals, with the Caribbean champion earning a 2-1 victory.

The USA will open a training camp starting on January 10 at the National Training Center in Carson, California, as head coach Bruce Arena launches his second stint in charge of the side.

Arena will use the match as preparations for the resumption of the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on March 24, when it welcomes Panama. Jamaica, which has booked a place in the 2017 Gold Cup, is getting ready for the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals in June.