Ryan Thompson

These are our Boyz

Monday, November 16, 2015

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Name: Ryan Thompson


Date of Birth: January 7, 1985


Age: 30


Height: 6'1"


Position: Goalkeeper


Club: Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USA - USL)


International Caps: 7


Goals: 0




Ryan Thompson stamped his authority for Jamaica from 2002 when he played for Jamaica Under-20 team where he accumulated 20 appearances. His acrobatic saves and shot-stopping ability led him to make the jump to the senior team in 2004. Wendell Downswell gave Thompson his debut for the Reggae Boyz at the senior level on November 26, 2004 in the Caribbean Cup in an 11-1 win over the US Virgin Islands. Despite a comprehensive victory for the Reggae Boyz, Thompson showed his class through his catching ability, as well as his positioning on the goalline. After a number of injuries and being out of football for a period of time, 'Godda', as he is more affectionately called, made his second appearance for Jamaica 10 years later against Japan in a 1-0 defeat. Thompson made six saves in that game and he showed how stingy he was in goal. He was a member of the 2014 Caribbean Cup squad, but did not play in the tournament.


However, a few months later in 2015, the former Ardenne High School student got his first clean sheet for Jamaica in a 3-0 win over Cuba at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Such performances paid off for him as he was selected as a member of the Reggae Boyz team in the 2015 editions of the Copa America and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments. In the Gold Cup, he played against El Salvador after coming on as a substitute for Dwayne Miller, who had an injury. In that game, Thompson made key saves to help Jamaica preserve their 1-0 lead, putting Jamaica at the top of the group.


Thompson's hard work paid off as he was selected for Jamaica to start in the knockout stages of the tournament. He played all the games; from the quarter-finals against Haiti to the final against Mexico. Against United States in the semi-final, he showed his agility in helping Jamaica beat the United States for the first time on US soil. The Reggae Boyz eventually finished second in the tournament with Thompson playing in four of their six games in the tournament.


As the 2018 World Cup qualifiers get set to move into high gear, the former University of Tampa player will be looking to be the man between the sticks for the Boyz.


After starting out with Harbour View FC locally in Jamaica, Thompson honed his skills overseas with Bradenton Academics in the USL Premier Development League. With standout performances, his talent started to attract clubs in Europe. And in 2011, he signed with Shamrock Rovers FC in the league of Ireland. The former MPS Portland Phoenix player made an immediate impact that season, as he helped his club win the league as well as the Setanta Cup. As a result of this success, Thompson created history for a Jamaican player. On July 27, 2011, he became the first Jamaican to play in the UEFA Champions League when Shamrock Rovers played FC Copenhagen in the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Thompson played both legs, home and away. Despite losing the series, Thompson and Rovers advanced to the 2011-12 Europa League play-off round where they faced Serbian SuperLiga Champions FK Partizan. After the first leg in Dublin finished 1-1, Rovers won 2-1 and advanced to the 2011-12 Europa League group stage. In that game, Thompson pulled off incredible saves to help the Irish club create history. As it was the first time an Irish club reached the group stages of a major European competition.


Currently, Thompson plays with Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL League and has shown signs of progress with his distribution as well as goal kicks. Thompson will be looking to continue his outstanding performances for both club and country.


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