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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Jamaica Men's National Soccer Team News

September 8, 2015 - Darren Mattocks & Simon Dawkins score in win over Nicaragua
"Jamaica waited until the 89th minute at Nicaragua but finally found the crucial goal for a 2-0 win that kept them alive in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. The Reggae Boyz, fresh off making the final of the Gold Cup, came all the way back after dropping into a three-goal hole in their home leg to advance 4-3 on aggregate. Jamaica had managed to cut Nicaragua's lead to 3-2 by the end of last week's first leg, and Darren Mattocks' 13th-minute opener in the second leg put Jamaica back on the right foot. But they would still have gone out on goal difference if Simon Dawkins hadn't scored on a powerful volley in the centre of the box, just one minute from time." - ESPN

September 4, 2015 - Rosas, Chavarria & Galeano score in win over Nicaragua
"A late Jamaica comeback could not overcome a three-goal deficit as Nicaragua, who are in this stage for the first time in their history, secured an improbable 3-2 victory over the Reggae Boyz. Manuel Rosas and Carlos Chavarria pushed the Central Americans to a 2-0 lead within eight minutes. Luis Manuel Galeano then added a third two minutes after the break. And while Darren Mattocks and Adrian Mariappa scored a pair of goals 21 and 12 minutes from time, it wouldn't be enough as the Nicaraguans held on for the win." - ESPN

September 2, 2015 - roster named for Nicaragua WCQs
  • Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union/USA), DuWayne Kerr (Sarpsborg/Norway), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden) 
  • Defenders: Sergio Campbell (Columbus Crew/USA), Upston Edwards (Portmore United), Hughan Gray (VPS Vaasa/Finland), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Michael Hector (Reading/England), Lance Laing (FC Edmonton/Canada), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace/England), Romeo Parkes (Isidro Metapan/El Salvador), Demar Phillips (Real Salt Lake), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers/USA), Ladale Richie (Montego Bay United), Cordell Simpson (Montego Bay United) 
  • Midfielders: Rodolph Austin (no club), Simon Dawkins (Derby County/England), Joel Grant (Exeter City/England), Christopher Humphrey (Preston North End/England), Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas/USA), Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers/England) 
  • Forwards: Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo/USA), Deshorn Brown (Valerenga/Norway), Andre Clennon (VPS Vaasa/Finland), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps/Canada), Michael Seaton (Portland Timbers/USA)
July 22, 2015 - Darren Mattocks & Giles Barnes score in win over USA
"Jamaica defeated the defending champion United States 2-1 on Wednesday at the Georgia Dome to become the first Caribbean team to reach the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.... In a stunning semifinal encounter, the current Caribbean champion absorbed significant amounts of initial U.S. pressure to strike twice before halftime through Darren Mattocks and Giles Barnes. Michael Bradley scored the Americans’ only goal shortly after the interval, but the Jamaicans managed to hold on for a historic victory. Mattocks, the joint-top scorer in the 2014 Caribbean Cup finals with three goals, returned from a one-match suspension to demonstrate why he merited a place in the starting lineup. In the 31st minute, a left-sided throw-in by Kemar Lawrence deep within the U.S. end found Mattocks, who was stationed eight yards from the goal. His looping header was directed off the right post and over the line to give Jamaica a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, Giles Barnes doubled that advantage with his second goal of the competition. Jamaica was awarded a free kick after it was ruled that goalkeeper Brad Guzan handled the ball outside the box as he was about to distribute it with a throw. On the subsequent play, Barnes hammered his shot from the right edge of the penalty area into the right side of the net." - CONCACAF

July 18, 2015 - Giles Barnes scores in win over Haiti
"Jamaica earned a place in its third CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal with a 1-0 win over Haiti on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. Giles Barnes tallied the lone goal to boost the Jamaicans in the competition's first-ever quarterfinal contested between two Caribbean sides.... The Jamaicans scored the only goal in the seventh minute. Adrian Mariappa sent a short feed from the right flank to Barnes, who poked it home from three-yards out past goalkeeper Johny Placide." - CONCACAF

July 14, 2015 - Garath McCleary scores in win over El Salvador
Garath McCleary’s second-half strike propelled 10-man Jamaica to a 1-0 victory over El Salvador in the first-ever CONCACAF Gold Cup game played in Canada on Tuesday at BMO Field. With that result, the Reggae Boyz (2-1-0, 7 points) ensured themselves the Group B title, while El Salvador (0-2-1, 2 points) still has hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals as one of two best third-place teams. The goal came against the run of play as McCleary struck for his second goal of the tournament in the 72nd minute. Darren Mattocks won possession on the right side of the box and squared back to the advancing Jobi McAnuff, whose shot was blocked by goalkeeper Derby Carrillo. The ball fell on the left side to a grateful McCleary, who slotted home from close range." - CONCACAF

July 11, 2015 - Rodolph Austin scores in win over Canada
"Rodolph Austin scored an injury-time winner as Jamaica recorded a dramatic 1-0 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday night.... With the match seemingly heading for a goalless stalemate at BBVA Compass Stadium, the 30-year-old Austin headed Garath McCleary’s cross from the right wing past goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopolous two minutes into second-half stoppage time." - CONCACAF

July 8, 2015 - Jobi McAnuff scores equalizer in draw with Costa Rica
"Jobi McAnuff’s brilliant solo goal early in the second half helped Jamaica rescue a point as the Reggae Boyz held Costa Rica to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining Group B opener of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Wednesday. Trailing 2-1 at halftime, Jamaica rebounded through McAnuff, who produced a fine 48th minute effort to earn a point for his side in the first game of a doubleheader at the StubHub Center. El Salvador and Canada were to meet later in the night. The Jamaicans took the lead in the 13th minute through Garath McCleary’s goal. Costa Rica rebounded through first-half scores from Roy Miller and David Ramirez." - CONCACAF

June 24, 2015 - Gold Cup roster
  • Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union); Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden); Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)
  • Defenders: Michael Hector (Reading/England); Lance Laing (FC Edmonton); Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls); Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace/England); Wes Morgan (Leicester City/England); Demar Phillips (Real Salt Lake); Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers); Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo)
  • Midfielders: Rodolph Austin (Unattached); Simon Dawkins (Derby County/England); Joel Grant (Yeovil Town/England); Christopher Humphrey (Preston North End/England); Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient/England); Garath McCleary (Reading/England); Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas)
  • Forwards: Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo); Andre Clennon (Arnett Gardens/Jamaica); Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps); Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United/Jamaica); Michael Seaton (Orebro/Sweden)
June 2, 2015 - Copa America roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Duwayne Kerr (Sarpsborg 08), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska)
  • Defenders:  Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo), Michael Hector (Reading), Daniel Gordon (Karlsruher), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace), Hughan Gray (Waterhouse FC), Kemar Lawrence (NY Red Bulls)
  • Midfielders: Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas), Rodolph Austin (Leeds United), Joel Grant (Yeovil), Lance Laing (FC Edmonton), Garath McCleary (Reading), Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient)
  • Forwards: Allan Ottey (Mobay United), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver), Simon Dawkins (Derby County), Deshorn Brown (Valarenga), Romeo Parkes (Isidro Metapan), Dino Williams (Mobay United)
March 30, 2015 - Gordon, Parkes & Mattocks score in win over Cuba
"Jamaica cruised to a 3-0 victory over Cuba in Montego Bay on Monday to continue their Copa América preparations in style. Winfried Schäfer’s Reggae Boyz were off the mark in less than 60 seconds as defender Daniel Gordon found the net to open the scoring. And it was 2-0 to the Caribbean Cup champions in the 10th minute with Romeo Parkes the next to strike. The match was effectively ended as a contest 11 minutes before the interval as Darren Mattocks completed the scoring." - Copa America

March 27, 2015 - Giles Barnes & Darren Mattocks score in win over Venezuela
"Jamaicas Reggae Boyz came from behind to score a 2-1 win over Venezuela here inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex ‎earlier this evening. Wing defender Gabriel Cichero gave the visitors the lead with a well taken goal on 13 minutes only for debutante Giles Barnes to pull the hosts level two minutes later. Darren Mattocks then hit the winner on the hour mark after midfielder Je-Vaugh Watson had done great work to force an error in defence." - Jamaica Observer

March 23, 2015 - roster updates
"Houston Dynamo forward Giles Barnes has been called into the Jamaica squad for the first time for the international friendlies with Venezuela and Cuba. The 26-year-old, who rose to prominence as a teenage midfielder with Derby County and represented England at Under-19 level, qualifies for the Reggae Boyz via his grandparents and will be hoping to make an impact ahead of the Copa América in Chile this summer.... Jamaica coach Winfried Schäfer has named a 20-man party for the games with Venezuela on March 27 and Cuba three days later, with both fixtures taking place in Montego Bay. Barnes is joined by Houston team-mate Jermaine Taylor, while the Premier League is represented by Wes Morgan of Leicester and Crystal Palace’s Adrian Mariappa. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake misses out after undergoing knee surgery last month." - Copa America

November 18, 2014 - Jamaica wins Caribbean Cup on penalty kicks
"Jamaica captured the Caribbean Cup title for a sixth time, outlasting Trinidad & Tobago 4-3 on penalty kicks after the final ended in a scoreless draw on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Khaleem Hyland missed on the Soca Warriors’ last attempt after Rodolph Austin applied the pressure by converting on the host’s fifth try. Both sides had already sealed berths in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, but the Jamaicans earned an added bonus of direct qualification to the 2016 Centennial Cup America." - CONCACAF

November 16, 2014 - Simon Dawkins & Darren Mattocks score in win over Haiti
Jamaica defeated Haiti 2-1 on Sunday to earn a place in the Caribbean Cup final and qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.... The host netted twice in the first half to seize the upper hand at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Simon Dawkins opened the scoring in the 13th minute off a pass from Darren Mattocks, who got on the scoresheet for a third consecutive game only seven minutes later. Haiti looked to be on the comeback trail late in the match, but Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake saved a penalty kick in the 89th minute." - CONCACAF

November 14, 2014 - Lawrence, Mattocks & Austin score in win over Antigua & Barbuda
"Jamaica scored two goals in the first half to defeat Antigua & Barbuda 3-0 in 2014 Caribbean Cup Group B play on Friday at the Montego Bay Sport Complex.... The tournament host looked a different team from the one that drew 1-1 with Martinique in its tournament opener.  It mixed hard-driving wing play with solid support from the middle, creating spaces where there were none on Wednesday. Team captain Rodolph Austin netted the last goal with five minutes left in normal time and assisted on the first, an unruffled finish in the 29th minute by Kemar Lawrence. Darren  made it 2-0 with his second goal in as many games just a minute before the break." - CONCACAF

November 9, 2014 - roster updates
"Bidding to earn a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup after missing out on the 2013 edition, host Jamaica announced Friday its 23-man roster for the final round of the 2014 Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup. Head coach Winfried Schaefer’s squad consists of 18 foreign-based players, including defender Wes Morgan, who has started in all of Leicester City’s English Premier League games this season. Also earning a call-up is 30-year-old forward Dane Richards, who shared the Golden Boot award with Grenada’s Kithson Bain in the final round of the 2010 Caribbean Cup on three goals each." - CONCACAF

October 8, 2014 - Michael Seaton called up
"D.C. United has announced that Homegrown forward Michael Seaton has been selected to the Jamaica Men’s National Team roster for an upcoming friendly against Japan on Oct. 10 in Niigata, Japan. Seaton has eight appearances and two goals for the senior Jamaican side. He most recently scored in a 2-1 defeat to Serbia in May. He earned his first cap in November 2013 against Trinidad & Tobago, and he scored his first goal in a 5-0 win over St. Lucia in March 2014." - DC United

October 7, 2014 - Alvas Powell called up
"Portland Timbers defender Alvas Powell has been named to the Jamaica National Team roster for an international friendly against Japan on Oct. 10, it was announced today.... Powell, 20, has earned 13 caps for Jamaica since making his international debut on Dec. 10, 2012, including five appearances for the Reggae Boyz during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Most recently, Powell started and played 74 minutes in a 3-1 loss against Canada in a friendly on Sept. 9 at BMO Field in Toronto." - Our Sports Central

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