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Jamaica team profile - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jamaica team profile: key players, roster, coach for 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup

June 4, 2019 By Michelle Bonsu
Jamaica have impressed in the last two editions of the Gold Cup. Will the Reggae Boyz be able to impress this summer as they serve as co-hosts?

What is Jamaica's history in the CONCACAF Gold Cup?

The Reggae Boyz have really improved their performances as of late and their hard work has started to pay off, with Jamaica picking up back-to-back runners-up medals at the last two Gold Cups. In 2015, they were beaten 3-1 by Mexico and two years ago, fell to a 2-1 defeat to the United States, but all in all it's not a bad showing for a side who were pitted against the two teams who have dominated this competition since its inception.

This summer will be Jamaica's 13th appearance overall (and 11th since the tournament was re-branded as the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991).

What is Jamaica's full squad list for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup?

Head coach Theodore Whitmore has named a 40-man provisional squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup that will have to be trimmed down to 23 players ahead of the tournament.

Jamaica's 40-man provisional squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadephia Union); Amal Knight (UWI); Jeadine White (Humble Lions); Dwayne Miller (Syrianska)

Defenders: Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls); Adrian Mariappa (Watford); Alvas Powell (Cincinnati); Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday); Damion Lowe (Start); Ladale Richie (Jamaica Mount Pleasant);Shaun Francis (Louisville City); Kevon Lambert (Phoenix Rising); Fabian McCarthy (UWI); Javian Brown (Treasure Coast Tritons); Ajeanie Talbott (Harbour View); Jamoi Topey (Bethlehem Steel); Kemar Bennett (Harbour View); Rennico Clarke (Harbour View); Jordan Scarlett (United States New York Red Bulls II)

Midfielders: Ravel Morrison (Östersund); Daniel Johnson (Preston North End); Rashawn Dally (Memphis 901); Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen); Andre Lewis (Portmore United); Kaheem Parris (Cavalier); Kevaughn Isaacs (Mount Pleasant); Devon Williams (Louisville City); Tevin Shaw (Tivoli Gardens); Alex Marshall (Cavalier); Peter-Lee Vassell (Los Angeles); Ricardo Morris (Portmore United); Owayne Gordon (Oklahoma City Energy); Je-Vaughn Watson (Oklahoma City Energy)

Forwards: Darren Mattocks (Cincinnati); Romario Williams (Atlanta United); Dever Orgill (Ankaragücü) Javon East (Portmore United); Shamar Nicholson (Domžale); Maalique Foster (Rio Grande Valley Toros); Junior Flemmings (Phoenix Rising)

Make sure you check back periodically for updates regarding the final squad.

Who are the key players to watch for Jamaica at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup?

Andre Blake - Blake will be well known to MLS fans due to his position as the starting shot-stopper for Philadelphia Union, where he has plied his trade since 2014. Having been a part of the team who finished as runners-up in 2015 and 2017, his manager will be heavily relying on him to put on another strong showing this summer to prove that Jamaica are slowly becoming a solid force in the CONCACAF region.

Leon Bailey - A speedy dribbler who also has a great shot from distance, Bailey, who plays his club football for Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, this will be his first major international tournament at senior level. His crossing ability will be something that strikers like Mattocks and others will heavily be relying on as Jamaica will be looking to perform well in their third consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cup appearance since 2015.

Darren Mattocks - With 17 goals, Mattocks is eighth in terms of all-time top goal-scorers for Jamaica and is presently the highest-scoring active player for his national side. However, he has quite a ways to go to catch all-time top marksman Luton Shelton, who netted 35 goals in 75 appearances between 2004 and 2013. Currently playing for new expansion side FC Cincinnati in MLS, Mattocks netted during Jamaica's 2-1 win over the USMNT in the 2015 Gold Cup semi-finals and grabbed another goal against Mexico in the final as the underdogs valiantly battled hard to cause an upset.

Who is Jamaica's coach?

Theodore Whitmore has been in charge of the national side since 2016. He was part of the squad that featured at Jamaica's first and only World Cup in 1998, and notably netted a brace against Japan that gave the Reggae Boyz their sole victory at that competition.

Interestingly, both his first and last games for the national side were against the United States (in November 1993 during a friendly and 11 years later in November 2004 during a World Cup qualifying match).

Under his tutelage, Jamaica earned a runners-up spot at the 2017 Gold Cup and will naturally be hoping to go one step further this summer - but will they be able to get over that final hurdle?

How can I watch Jamaica's 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup matches?

Jamaica will face Honduras, El Salvador, and Curacao in their group stage matches, and here's how you can see them in action from wherever you are based:





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