The Jamaica preview for Copa America Centenario features the squad roster, schedule of games, a prediction of how the team will do in the tournament as well as the team’s star player.
Manager: Winfried Schafer
Captain: Rodolph Austin
Jamaica preview: Squad:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union, USA), Duwayne Kerr (Stjarnan, ISL), Ryan Thompson (Saint Louis FC, USA)
DEFENDERS (7): Rosario Harriott (Harbour View, JAM), Michael Hector (Reading, ENG), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls, USA), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace, ENG), Wes Morgan (Leicester City, ENG), Damano Solomon (Portmore United, JAM), Jermaine Taylor (Portland Timbers, USA)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Rodolph Austin (Brondby, DEN), Michael Binns (Portmore United, JAM), Chevonne Marsh (Cavalier, JAM), Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient, ENG), Garath McCleary (Reading, ENG), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lions, JAM), Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution, USA), Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers, ENG)
FORWARDS (5): Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo, USA), Joel Grant (Exeter City, ENG), Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City, ENG), Dever Orgill (Marieham, FIN), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United, JAM)
Jamaica preview: Overview:
Jamaica were invited to take part in the Copa America last summer, although it was evident the Reggae Boyz’s focus was trained on the Gold Cup, in which they provided a much more accurate reflection of what they’re capable of.
Three 1-0 defeats in the Copa could have knocked the confidence of this group, but they bounced back in style at the Gold Cup, making their way to the final after topping Group B, eliminating the United States in the semi-final of the competition. Glory slipped through their fingers, though, losing 3-1 to Mexico.
Since that brilliant sequence results have taken a nosedive. Jamaica were upset at home by minnows Nicaragua 3-2 last summer in the first leg of their third round World Cup qualifying tie, before eventually turning things around 2-0 in the reverse fixture. A 1-0 win away in Haiti is the only victory they’ve had since, meaning progression into the Hexagonal phase is in doubt.
Schafer seems to be struggling to implement the template which was so successful last summer, although the squad of players he takes to these championships is similar to the one which fared so well in the Gold Cup. It’s evident there is a spirit amongst this group, with big matches seeming to bring the best from them; that’s a quality which will surely surface once again.
Their win over the United States on American soil last summer proved what this Jamaica side is capable of, as they’re able to mix it with anyone for spells in matches. They have a lot of raw power in advanced areas and the set-piece delivery of Giles Barnes is a huge attacking weapon for them.