No England players in Gold Cup squad
No United Kingdom-based player has been included among the 14 overseas players named to Jamaica's 23-member squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament to be staged in the United States of America.
Assistant Coach Jerome Waite told STAR Sports that the UK players who were contacted by the Jamaica Football Federation were unavailable for the competition. Jamaica plays its first game on July 9.
"The players we expected are unavailable due to injuries," Waite said, saying that he did not wish to go further into detail.
The squad comprises players who represented the Reggae Boyz team that went down 3-1 in a friendly international to Peru, away on June 13, as well as in the Scotiabank Caribbean Cup, where Jamaica were beaten 2-1 by CuraÁao in the final on Sunday in Martinique.
The US-based overseas players are Andre Blake of the Philadelphia Union; Sergio Campbell of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Oneil Fisher of the Seattle Sounders; Kemar Lawrence of the New York Red Bulls; Damion Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rowdies; Alvas Powell of the Portland Timbers; Jermaine Taylor of Minnesota United; Je-Vaughn Watson of the New England Revolution; Cory Burke of the Bethlehem Steele; Darren Mattocks of the Portland Timbers; and Romario Williams of the Charleston Battery.
Those from Europe include Dwayne Miller of Valsta Syrianska in Sweden, Dever Orgill of Wolfsberger in Austria, and Kevon Lambert of FK Vovjodina in Serbia.
The local players include Damion Hyatt of Arnett Gardens; Ladale Ritchie (Montego Bay United), Michael Binns (Portmore United), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United), Ricardo Morris (Portmore United), Owayne Gordon (Montego Bay United), Jermaine Johnson (Tivoli Gardens), and Shamar Nicholson (Boys' Town)
The Reggae Boyz will play in Group C and face-off against Curacao on July 9 at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego; then against Mexico on July 13 at The Sports Authority Field in Denver; and close the group stage against El Salvador at the Alamodome in San Antonio.