(Sporting Alert) — The following are the starting line-ups for CONCACAF World Cup 2014 qualifier between Jamaica and Honduras.
Both teams are in need of points and will go out hunting the victory in an attempt to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
The Jamaican Reggae Boyz have dropped its last two games and sit at the bottom of the standings with just two points, while Honduras, which suffered a 1-0 setback against Costa Rica the last time out, are on four points in the table standings.
Feeling the strain from the public and media Jamaica know that nothing but a win will be accepted.
“We still have it in our minds that there’s another 15 points to be had and we’ve to remain competitive, we’ve to remain positive because if we beat Honduras, we go to five points and we keep Honduras with four points,” technical director Alfredo Montesso said in the Jamaica-Gleaner.
“This is crucial, those individual battles that we have in the round now.
“So our target is to be ahead of Honduras, so we’ve to play with intelligence tomorrow and be very consistent, try to reinforce our quality game, especially in the defensive side and in our transition as well.”
Jamaica have drafted in striker Jermaine Beckford, who netted in the team’s 2-1 defeat to the United States into the starting line-up for tonight’s game and he will play alongside Ryan Johnson.
Je-Vaughn Watson also returns to the starting setup, with Rodolph Austin and Jermaine Johnson playing in midfield as well.
Dangerman Roger Espinoza will provide lots of punch for Honduras who are being back to hand Jamaica a third successive defeat.
Honduras v Jamaica
Honduras: Valladares, Montes, Bernardez, Izaguirre, Peralta, Garrido, Boniek, Wilson Palacios, Espinoza, Mario Martinez, Rojas
Subs: Hernandez, Velasquez, Beckeles, Juan Garcia, Reyes, Najar, Rony Martinez, Claros, Peralta, Marvin Chavez, Escober
Jamaica: Ricketts, Woodbine, Mariappa, Powell, Elliott, Gordon, Austin, Jermaine Johnson, Watson, Beckford, Ryan Johnson
Subs: Miller, Phinn, Keammar Daley, Mattocks, Taylor, Robinson, Omar Daley, Hue, Lynch, Williams, McCleary, Blake
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)