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Barnes has an eye on goal

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 7:00 AM

HAWTHORNE, California:

At Copa America, Jamaica's men's senior national team did not score a goal.

That was last month against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, some of the world's best, which each eked out 1-0 margins against the Jamaicans.

Today, they will kick off the CONCACAF Gold Cup and one of the players tasked with the responsibility of getting goals, Giles Barnes, is looking to make a difference.

"In the last two games I've played, I've been in a more withdrawn role, maybe I'll be back up there as an out-and-out striker this tournament," said Barnes. "I'll be obviously looking to add some goals and some firepower.

"The more we possess the ball, the more chances we can get as well. I think it's an accumulation of things, and we're looking to put that right," he added.

Barnes, who represents Houston Dynamo in the United States MLS, says it's important to get a good start, as only the top two from the group are guaranteed advancing past the first round, along with the two best third-placed teams of the three groups.

"It keeps you in good stead for the rest of the tournament. I think we're definitely the team to look out for after our Copa America performances and our performance in the two friendlies before that as well."

The 26-year-old striker though, expects a tough match-up.

"It's going to be a good game tomorrow and we're ready and focused to do the job," he said. "They're a good team, they're well ranked throughout the world, they carry a threat; with Joel Campbell, obviously, he may be one of their most recognisable players, so they've got good players that we've to watch out for.

"But we believe in our group, we believe in our abilities that we're one of the top teams in this tournament as well," Barnes added.

- A.B.