18 foreign-based players in Reggae Boyz 23-man squad

Friday, November 07, 2014

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EIGHTEEN overseas-based players have been called up by head coach Winfried Schaefer to represent Jamaica at the 2014 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men's Caribbean Cup which has been pushed back by a day to begin next Tuesday.


Of the 18, seven players are from the England, seven from the US Major League Soccer, three from Norway and one from the lower leagues of the US.


Five local-based players, including the Red Stripe Premier League's top scorer Craig Foster of Reno FC, along with the Kemar Lawrence of Harbour View and the Waterhouse trio of Hughan Gray, Nicholy Findlayson and Romario Campbell, were also named.


The Reggae Boyz open their campaign against Martinique next Wednesday, November 12 at the Montego Bay Sport Complex.


Jamar Loza was slated to arrive last evening, while Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas) and DuWayne Kerr (Sarpsborg 08) are scheduled to arrive on Monday.


Nyron Northworthy (Bristol City), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Simon Dawkins (Derby County), Joel Grant (Yeovil Town), and Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) are expected in the island tomorrow.


The others, who have already been in camp, are Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Ryan Thompson (Tampa Bay Rowdies), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo), Demar Phillips (Aalesund), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver), Dane Richards (Bodo/Glimt), Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids).


Meanwhile, the CFU said it had made the decision to push back the start by a day of a request from some teams. Consequently the tournament will now end on Tuesday, November 18.


"Following the request of at least three participating member associations and the support of several other participating member associations, the CFU Executive Committee has been considering the delay of the Final Round of the CFU Caribbean Cup by one day," the release said.


"Today, the CFU President and Executive Committee decided to change the dates of the CFU Caribbean Cup."


The release did not indicate the reason behind the teams' request for the date change.


Trinidad and Tobago, the 2012 losing finalists, will open the tournament when they face Curacao in the first game, with title-holders Cuba clashing with French Guiana in the feature game to be played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex next Tuesday.


The organisers also noted that with the push-back of the date of the tournament, persons who already purchased tickets for the opening day, with November 10 printed on them, will still be accepted at the gates.


The JFF has advised the public that due to the push- back in the start of the tournament by one day, matches will be played on the day following that stated on tickets.


Hence, where tickets have games being played on the 10th November (original start date), the games will be played on the 11th. Games on tickets stated to play on the 11th will now be played on the 12th, etc. All the times listed remain the same, and all games listed remain the same.


This has been caused by the fact that tickets were already printed when the decision was taken to delay the start of the competition by one day.


The CFU and the JFF have apologised for any inconvenience this may cause, but advised the public that security personnel at gates were aware of this development.


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