US-born Garibaldi could suit up for Boys' Town - Wants to impress 'Tappa'
BOYS' TOWN could have United States-born and based Jabari Garibaldi on their roster for next season's Premier League if he impresses coach Andrew Price this summer.
Garibaldi, who has a Jamaican mother, trained with the Reggae Boyz four years ago and wants another chance to catch the eye of national coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore. He believes that playing in the Premier League next season will give the Reggae Boyz enough time to get a first-hand look at his ability.
Price has admitted knowing very little of the defender-midfielder but said he comes highly recommended and will make an assessment when he gets a chance to see the player in action.
"Phillip (Davis) said he is coming in the summer, so when he comes we will take a look at him, because anybody Phillip recommends deserves to get a look. I believe he (Garibaldi) will be able to offer something, but first we must see the player," Price pointed out.
Make a big mark
Garibaldi, 25, played with Portmore's Michael Binns for two seasons at Fort Lauderdale and also represented Miami Fusion in the National Premier Soccer League, an American league commonly recognised as being fourth tier, though it has been given no official designation by US Soccer.
He spent last season in Iceland but is back home training with the Fusion. Davis, a former Miami Fusion assistant and youth football coach, said Garibaldi is hoping to make a big mark in the Premier League, hoping for a look-in with the Reggae Boyz.
"He's a very good ball player. He was in Jamaica four years ago training, for about two weeks, with the Jamaica squad, but at the time Burrell's mind was on English players, so I am trying to help him get back in the programme," he said.
"Next season he will play for Boys' Town to make Jamaica get a chance to see him. If he plays for Boys' Town people are going to look and say who is that, because he is that attractive. Probably Pryce can also make a recommendation for him to train with the national side because he plays centre-back, left-back, defensive and attacking midfield. He is a good ball player," Davis added.