KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — After losing to Mexico in their last outing the Jamaica Reggae Boyz will be hoping for a better result when they take on USA in a CONCACAF Hexagonal World Cup 2014 qualifier at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night.
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National Stadium; Kingston, Jamaica
June 7, 2013 @ 9:30 p.m. ET
Jamaica suffered a very disappointing 1-0 defeat to Mexico at home on Tuesday night and will have to turn around that result against the United States if they want to remain in the hunt for a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Reggae Boyz faithfuls voiced their concerns over the team’s struggles, but Jamaica’s head coach Theodore Whitmore remains confident.
“I can understand somewhat about the concern of the general public, but I can also assure you that all is not lost, he said in the Jamaica Observer.
“We did it already, and I sure know that we can do it again regardless of what the situation (is). I have every confidence in the players that I’ve selected,” he added.
Jamaica Team: 1 Donovan Ricketts; 2 Daniel Gordon, 3 O’Brian Woodbine, 5 Alvas Powell, 19 Adrian Mariappa; 4 Marvin Elliott, 10 Jermaine Johnson, 17 Rodolph Austin, 22 Garath McCleary; 9 Ryan Johnson, 18 Jermaine Hue.
Subs: Dwayne Miller, Andre Blake, Keammar Daley, Je-Vaughn Watson, Evan Taylor, Darren Mattocks, Jermaine Beckford, Damian Williams, Jeremie Lynch
USA Team: 1 Tim Howard; 3 Omar Gonzalez, 5 Matt Besler, 6 Brad Evans, 7 DaMarcus Beasley; 4 Michael Bradley, 8 Clint Dempsey, 13 Jermaine Jones, 19 Graham Zusi, 23 Fabian Johnson; 17 Jozy Altidore.
Subs: Tally Hall, Brad Guzan, Edgar Eduardo Castillo, Michael Parkhurst, Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona Crespin, Stuart Holden, Sacha Kljestan, Geoff Cameron, Brad Davis, Eddie Johnson, Terrance Boyd