Menzies satisfied with young Girlz' opening win

Head Coach Hue Menzies (centre) instructs the young Reggae Girlz during a recovery session at the Rex Saint Lucian
Hotel yesterday. (PHOTO: RUDDY ALLEN)

GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- Despite the poor condition of the field, Head Coach Hue Menzies said that he was satisfied with the performance of the young Reggae Girlz in their first match at the 2015 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifying round, played at the Mindoo Philip Park on Sunday. The Jamaica ... Read More

Jamaican team members,
including Head Coach
Winfried Schaefer react after
losing 1-3 in the CONCACAF
Gold Cup championship
match against Mexico on
Sunday in Philadelphia.
(PHOTO: AP) Schaefer says Boyz gave of their best, but needed a bit of luck
PENNSYLVANIA, USA -- Coach Winfried Schaefer's eyes and tone told the story. The usually charismati ... Read More

Jamaica’s Darren Mattocks (left) celebrates after scoring a goal during the first half of
a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final game against the United States last Wednesday in
Atlanta. (PHOTO: AP) My confidence is mistaken for arrogance, says Mattocks
PENNSYLVANIA, USA -- Darren Mattocks, the Vancouver Whitecaps striker, even with his best efforts co ... Read More

United States’ Alan Gordon (left) plays against Jamaica’s Michael Hector (#3) during the second
half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final playoff game last Wednesday in Atlanta. (PHOTO: AP) Hector takes responsibility for costly errors in Gold Cup Final defeat
PENNSYLVANIA, USA -- Michael Hector, the 23-year-old Jamaica defender, has stood up like a man and t ... Read More

Backroom staff emerges from the shadows to salute Boyz

Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

Julia Cousins
attending to striker
Giles Barnes.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA -- They are hardly seen or heard. But the impact of their collective work goes beyond measure. They are not the tip of the iceberg -- they are the bulk of it. Though they often operate below the radar, the work of the 'backroom staff' of the Reggae Boyz team is what keeps the motor running. The success of the players at the CONCACAF Gold Cup could not have been achieved without their input. Imagine if there were no doctor, physical trainer, masseur, physiotherapist and equipm ... Read More

Moses urges businesses to take ownership of football clubs

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

KSAFA President Ambassador AB Stewart Stephenson (left) and Minister of Investment and Commerce
Anthony Hylton (right) flank Earl Jarrett, general manager of Jamaica National Building Society, after
presenting him with his award at the KSAFA symposium at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel last Friday.

THE Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) last Friday mounted a symposium at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel with imposing thoughts on the game of football, its organisation for sustainable growth and profitability in a Jamaican setting under the theme: This Business of Football; What It Takes; Where do we go from here. The event, held in association with the Jamaica National Building Society, also celebrated the 50th anniversary of KSAFA, and included the awarding of Lifetime Achieveme ... Read More

FIFA boss hails Boyz' Gold Cup achievement

Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

THEY may not have won the tournament, but Jamaica's historic accomplishment at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States has earned the plaudits of FIFA's President Sepp Blatter. The Jamaicans pulled off a hard-fought and very famous 2-1 semi-final victory over the host nation to confirm their historic advancement to the final of the tournament. However, their dreams of lifting the title were dashed with a 1-3 loss to Mexico in the final at the Lincoln Financial Field in Pennsylvania on S ... Read More

Jamaica lose to Korea, but remain in high spirit

Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

Sheldon Johnson (centre) of Jamaica is challenged by Jeawoo
Lee of Republic of Korea yesterday.

CALIFORNIA, USA -- Jamaica's unified football team missed a penalty kick in going down 0-1 to Republic of Korea in their Special Olympics encounter at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) yesterday. The Jamaicans have the chance to make amends when they face Uruguay today in another 25-minute per half encounter. The other country in the four-team division is Ecuador. Fadil Lee, a member of the 16-man Jamaica squad, said missed opportunities hurt them against the Koreans, but insis ... Read More

Girlz' recovery session went well, says physical trainer

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

The young Reggae Girlz going through a recovery exercise while being instructed by physical trainer William Hitzelberger (left)
yesterday. (PHOTO: RUDDY ALLEN)

GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- After winning their first game 5-0 against Grenada in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-20 women's qualifiers on Sunday, Jamaica's young Reggae Girlz responded well from a recovery session here yesterday, according to physical trainer William Hitzelberger. The girls were scheduled to have their recovery session in the pool, but the coaching staff decided instead to conduct the session on the netball court at the Rex Saint Lucian Hotel, where the team is staying. ... Read More

7th FIFA Futuro 3 referee instructors course begins today

Tuesday, July 28, 2015    

THE seventh consecutive FIFA FUTURO III referee instructors course will start today and end on Sunday at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa. The Opening Ceremony begins at 9:00 am in the Hanover Room. The 32 participants are from Canada, Cayman, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and the USA. Speakers at the Opening Ceremony will include Alfredo Whittaker, head of refereeing, CFU, and Fernando Tresaco, FIFA referee development senior manager. The course for referee instructors will focus on the educa ... Read More

National team must keep growing, says Miller

Monday, July 27, 2015    

MILLER… has been able to train with the other two goalkeepers, but his condition is not at the level
of match readiness.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA -- Goalkeeper Dwayne Miller has been inspirational, deep-thinking even, from the Jamaican bench. The Syrianska goalkeeper, who sustained a "whiplash-type injury" in the final group match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup against El Salvador, says he wants to see a programme that builds on the success of his Reggae Boyz team. Miller warned against complacency setting in after the achievements of the team, starting with the triumph in the Caribbean Cup, the good showing in Copa America, ... Read More

Jamaica surrender to Mexico in Gold Cup final

SEAN WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor at the CONCACAF GOLD CUP 2015 | Monday, July 27, 2015    

Jamaica’s Kemar
Lawrence shows his
disappointment after
Jamaica’s 1-3 loss in the
Gold Cup final against
Mexico. (PHOTO: AP)

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — Jamaica's Reggae Boyz went into a shock meltdown as they were outclassed 3-1 by a slick Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Lincoln Financial Field here last night. Their hopes of creating further history of being the first Caribbean Gold Cup champion faded into the Philadelphia night, the Boyz forlorn as confetti fell gloriously on the newly crowned champions and the desired prize raised in triumph mere touching distance away. So close, but yet so far ... Read More

Consolation - Mattocks’ goal too little, too late for Reggae Boyz

Monday, July 27, 2015    

Jamaica’s Joel McAnuff (left) and Ryan Thompson (right) console teammate Michael Hector after losing the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship match against Mexico yesterday in Philadelphia. (PHOTO: AP)

PENNSYLVANIA, US - (AFP) – Andres Guardado became the first player to score in three Gold Cup finals and Mexico also capitalised on two defensive blunders yesterday to defeat Jamaica 3-1 and hoist a record seventh trophy. Guardado was followed in scoring by teammates Jesus Corona and Oribe Peralta in the second half, while substitute Darren Mattocks pulled one back late for Jamaica. But the Reggae Boyz could not stop the Mexicans from capturing their third title in the past four att ... Read More

Reggae Boyz impress former US goalie Brad Friedel

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Assistant Sport Editor | Monday, July 27, 2015    

Brad Friedel (right) being interviewed by Assistant Sport
Editor Sean Williams.

Pennsylvania, USA -- Former USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel says the current Reggae Boyz team is perhaps the best he has seen in a very long time. The former Tottenham Hotspur custodian said the Reggae Boyz have shown in the CONCACAF Gold Cup that they have grown as a team, culminating in them making the final of the biennial tournament for the first time. "It's probably the most organised team I have seen since the one that qualified for the 1998 World Cup. In the game against the United States, ... Read More



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