Reggae Boyz off for US friendly

January 31, 2017
File Jourdaine Fletcher controls a ball during a national senior team training session earlier this year

Jamaica's senior men's football team will start preparations for its 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, when they face the United States of America in a friendly international on Friday at the Finley Stadium in Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).

The Jamaica Football Federation released a 20-man squad last weekend following three weeks of training camps with local-based players.

Ewan Grandison of Portmore United, Michael Binns (Portmore), Kevon Lambert (Montego Bay United), Dwayne Ambusley (MBU), Jourdaine Fletcher (MBU), Shamar Nicholson (Boys' Town), Owayne Gordon (MBU), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View) and Ladale Ritchie (MBU) are the local players who leave the island today.

They will be joined by Romario Williams (Atlanta United FC), Cory Burke (Bethlehem Steele FC), Omar Holness (Real Salt Lake), Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Sergio Campbell (Unattached), Damion Lowe (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Oneil Fisher (Seattle Sounders), Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Ryan Thompson (Saint Louis FC) and Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers), all based in the USA.

After playing the Americans, the Reggae Boyz will turn their attention to Honduras, in another friendly in the United States on February 16.

Reggae Boyz manager Roy Simpson says the majority of the players selected are for the future.

Striker Jourdaine Fletcher is heavily tipped for a first cap in the senior team. He gained selection after scoring 34 goals in all competitions as a schoolboy playing for daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College last season.

The United States will be using the match to prepare for their upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and Panama respectively.

Jamaica, on the other hand, will be using this game to prepare for the defence of its Caribbean Cup title and also this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.


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