August 17th, 2012
Jamaica's Luton Shelton (21) celebrates his goal with Ryan Johnson (9) against El Salvador during the first half of an international friendly soccer match, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Luton Shelton scored twice to lead Jamaica past El Salvador 2-0 in an exhibition Wednesday night.
Ryan Johnson assisted Shelton’s second goal to help the Jamaicans seal a potential confidence-boosting victory ahead of back-to-back World Cup qualifying matches against the United States in September.
Eliseo Quintanilla created most of the opportunities for El Salvador, which failed to translate a friendly crowd into a positive result before its return to qualifying.
In the third round of that qualifying, Jamaica (1-1-0) sits second behind the United States in Group 1 on goal difference, and will face the U.S. in Kingston on Sept. 7 and Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 11. El Salvador (0-1-1) is third in Group 2 behind Mexico and Honduras, and will play home and away against Guyana over the same five days.
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