Wes Morgan to captain Boyz against Canada today

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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TORONTO, Canada — Leicester City’s captain and central defender Wesley Morgan will lead Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz onto the BMO Field for their friendly international against Canada here at 7:30 pm (6:30 pm Jamaica time) today.

Morgan will captain the team in the absence of regular skipper Rodolph Austin, who asked not to be considered for this game due to personal problems.

Morgan and fellow veteran defender Nyron Nosworthy of Bristol City are expected to be joined by Upston Edwards of Waterhouse in a three-man defence.
The midfield is expected to be pivoted by Je-Vaughan Watson of FC Dallas and Evan Taylor of Waterhouse, and flanked by Harbour View’s Kemar Lawrence on the left and Portland Timber’s Alvas Powell on the right.

Simon Dawkins of Derby County is expected to play at the top of the midfield, behind strikers Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson of Waterhouse and Deshorn Brown of the Colorado Rapids.

During training at the match venue last evening, Powell, who only arrived earlier in the day after representing his club the previous evening in Oregon, was given a rest after participating in the first half of the session.

Coach Winfried Schaefer is also contemplating giving the 20-year-old no more than 45 minutes in the game. The coach is also anxious to grant playing time to fellow 20-year-olds Omar Holness on the University of North Carolina and Norwich City’s Jamar Loza.

Today’s game marks the first international friendly since the team was beaten 8-0 by France in the summer. The Boyz will next play Japan on October 10 in Niigata.

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