I expect to score goals — Burke

Monday, November 19, 2018

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Cory Burke seems to have a liking to score against Suriname as he scored the opener in Saturday's Concacaf Nations League game at Montego Bay Sports Complex after getting the only goal in the game when the teams met two years ago at National Stadium.

The former Rivoli United FC striker who now plies his trade for the Philadelphia Union where he was the team's joint leading scorer with 10 goals this season, says it's his job to score goals.

“I am a striker and I expect to score goals,” he told the Jamaica Observer after the game. “Once I am in the right position, and the delivery was perfect so I have to finish it off,” he said of his opening goal after just seven minutes.

Jamaica won the game 2-1 and are in third place in the standings on nine points and well set to get a place in the Concacaf Gold Cup next year, as well as a place in the A League.

He hobbled off the field in the 68th minute, replaced by Javon East after twisting his ankle earlier and admitted that the two weeks' break between the end of the Major League Soccer (MLS) season and this game left him match rusty.

“I had not trained in the two weeks leading up to the game, so I was not match fit and it was difficult at times playing in an international,” he said.

“Also, the game was competitive and we expected more from our team, but we had to be grateful for the three points.”

Burke said he had a good season in the MLS and was able to finish off the year with “a goal in my last game of the year so I am happy”.

— Paul Reid

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