Taylor back with Boyz as Suriname assignment looms

Taylor back with Boyz as Suriname assignment looms

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Thirty-three-year-old Jermaine Taylor was selected in Jamaica's 21-man squad to face Suriname in the third round of the Concacaf Nations League qualifiers here at Montego Bay Sports Complex at 7:00 pm this Saturday.

The veteran central defender was chosen as a replacement for Watford FC's Adrian Mariappa, who is said to be less than 100 per cent fit and whose club has requested of the Jamaica Football Federation that the player be given time off to recover fully.

Taylor, who turns 34 next January, last represented Minnesota United in Major League Soccer in the 2017 season, after joining from Portland Timbers, with whom he spent the 2016 season. He has earlier represented Houston Dynamo for five seasons after joining them in February 2011.

The elegant defender last represented Jamaica at last year's Concacaf Gold Cup where Jamaica finished runners-up for the second-consecutive campaign to the hosts. He was later named alongside two other Jamaicans — outstanding goalkeeper Andre Blake and left wing back Kemar lawrence — in the 2017 Gold Cup Tournament Best XI.

Taylor and his teammates are expected to begin a training camp in Montego Bay today, with a first training session scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The Jamaicans currently lie in sixth place in the Concacaf Nations League qualifiers standings with maximum six points, inclusive of 4-0 and 6-0 victories over The Cayman Islands and Bonair, respectively, for a plus-10 goal difference, while Suriname are in 12th place following their 0-0 draw against Dominica and a 5-0 whipping of British Virgin Islands.

Jamaica and Suriname last met here in a Caribbean Championship exactly two years ago when the Reggae Boyz prevailed 1-0.

Tickets for entry to the game were scheduled to go on sale from yesterday at Western Sports and Fontana Pharmacy (in Montego Bay) at $2,500 for grandstand and $1,000 for bleachers. Tickets will also be on sale at the former Cars to Go location opposite the stadium on match day. Authentic Reggae Boyz Umbro gear and caps will also be on sale on match day at special rates.

Full squad — Amal Knight, Cory Burke, Damion Lowe, Ladale Richie, Ricardo Thomas, Fabion McCarthy, Shaun Francis, Devon Williams, Kemar Lawrence, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Maalique Foster, Je-Vaughn Watson, Owayne Gordon, Peter-Lee Vassell, Darren Mattocks, Dane Kelly, Alex Marshall, Jamiel Hardware, and Jermaine Taylor.

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