Boyz arrive in Florida for four-day camp

Sunday, May 29, 2016

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — The Reggae Boyz all but assembled in South Florida in batches yesterday as they began a four-day training camp ahead of the one-off Copa America Centenario which begins on Friday.

The players, who stunned Chile 2-1 in a friendly international inside Estadio Sausalito last Friday, arrived at Double Tree by Hilton Sunrise Sawgrass Mills at different intervals.

The first set arrived at the hotel at around 6:00 am, following a direct eight-hour flight from Santiagi with another set, which was routed through Houston, Texas, arriving just after midday.

Simon Dawkins, who missed the game against Chile, rejoined the group, while Chevone Marsh was expected in last night. Rodolph Austin was due to arrive at the team’s base this morning.

Ricardo Morris, who had replaced Marsh for the game against Chile, remains with the team on special request of Head Coach Winfried Schaefer, though he won’t be able to play in the Copa America tournament, save for an injury to a player.

Yesterday physical trainer and UTech lecturer Andre Waugh took the players through a regenerative pool session, along with stretching exercises.

Today, a closed-session practice game is scheduled against Boca Raton FC at Lockhart Stadium at 5:00 pm.

The Boyz depart Florida on Thursday for Chicago where they open their Copa America Centenario Group C campaign on Sunday against Venezuela at Soldier Field.

They then travel to California for a June 9 fixture at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena against Mexico. Their final group game is against Uruguay at Levi’s Stadium on June 13 in Santa Clara.

The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the quarter-finals.

— Ian Burnett

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