How they qualified

Jamaica went into the CONCACAF Nations League qualification competition after just missing out on the Hexagonal stage of World Cup Qualifying. They won their first three games, but were left thankful for their superior goal difference, gained from a 4-0 win over Cayman Islands and a 6-0 win in Bonaire, after losing in El Salvador, qualifying 8th in the standings.

 

Tournament record

Jamaica have had a mixed record when it has come to the Gold Cup, performing well in some tournaments and bottoming out badly in others. Up until 2015, their best performances had been losing Semi-final efforts against Mexico where, in truth, they were outplayed.

Since then, they have played in the final of the last two tournaments, beating the USA in the Semi-finals in 2015 and Mexico at the same stage in 2017, only to lose to the other team in the final

 

Star Men

Darren Mattocks (pictured) is Jamaica’s top scorer in the Gold Cup, having scored two each in 2015 and 2017, including a goal in the final in 2015. He has 17 goals for his country and will be expected to add to his international tally in the Gold Cup.

Je-Vaughn Watson has represented Jamaica in their last three Gold Cups, leading by example in Midfield and scoring the goal that levelled things up against the USA in 2015. This might be his last Gold Cup, so he will want to go out a winner at the fourth time of asking.

 

Manager

Theodore Whitmore is a legend of the Jamaican game, having played for 11 years for the Reggae Boyz and being a part of the 1998 World Cup squad, including scoring two goals in their 2-1 over Japan. He has been part of the Jamaican set up as either a head coach or assistant for over 12 years and has previously led the team to the final of the Gold Cup in 2017, so he has a wealth of experience and has built a strong side with a good mix of youth and experience

What can we expect?

After finishing as Runners-up in the last two tournaments, the expectation will be there to get back to a third successive final, particularly with having the advantage of playing their opening game against Honduras in Kingston. Progression through the group is the first step, with further progression depending on who they play in the Quarter-finals, but they’ve proved they can do it before.

 

Schedule

17 June – Jamaica v Honduras

Venue: Independence Park, Kingston

21 June – Jamaica v El Salvador

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston

25 June – Jamaica v Curacao

Venue: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles


SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

Andre Blake                            21-11-1990         Philadelphia Union

Dwayne Miller                      14-07-1987         Syrianska

Amal Knight                           19-11-1993         UWI

 

DEFENDERS

Jamoi Topey                          13-01-2000         Bethlehem Steel

Michael Hector                    19-07-1992         Sheffield Wednesday

Alvas Powell                          18-07-1994         FC Cincinnati

Shaun Francis                       02-10-1986         Louisville City

Damion Lowe                       05-05-1993         Start

Kemar Lawrence                 17-09-1992         New York Red Bulls

Kevon Lambert                    22-03-1997         Phoenix Rising

 

MIDFIELDERS

Andre Lewis                           12-08-1994         Portmore United

Leon Bailey                             09-08-1997         Bayer Leverkusen

Ricardo Morris                     11-02-1992         Portmore United

Je-Vaughn Morris               22-10-1983         Oklahoma City Energy

Peter-Lee Vassell                 03-02-1998         Los Angeles FC

Tyreek Magee                        27-08-1999         Harbour View F.C.

Devon Williams                   08-04-1992         Louisville City

 

STRIKERS

Dever Orgill                            08-03-1990         Ankaragücü

Maalique Foster                  05-11-1996         Rio Grande Valley Toros

Darren Mattocks                 02-09-1990         FC Cincinnati

Shamar Nicholson             16-03-1997         Domzale

Junior Flemmings              16-01-1996         Phoenix Rising

Brian Brown                          29-12-1992         Reno 1868 FC

Grp AWDLFAPts
Mexico3001339
Canada2011236
Martinique102573
Cuba0030170
Grp BWDLFAPts
Haiti300629
Costa Rica201536
Bermuda102443
Nicaragua003080
Grp CWDLFAPts
Jamaica120435
Curaçao111224
El Salvador111174
Honduras102643
Grp DWDLFAPts
United States2001006
Panama200626
Guyana002280
Trinidad and Tobago002080

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