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Positive start is key, says Taylor

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Jamaica's Jermaine Taylor

HAWTHORNE, California:

JERMAINE Taylor will be looking to utilise his familiarity against Costa Rica to help the Reggae Boyz in their chase for victory this evening.

Both teams play the opening game of a CONCACAF Gold Cup double-header at StubHub Centre in Carson, California, their Group B opener at 5 p.m. (7 p.m. Jamaica time).

"They've got good players who can hurt us, but we've good players as well. We know what we're capable of doing, so we've to stick together as a group. We've to possess the ball, create chances and score goals," said Taylor.

The 30-year-old has played countless times against Costa Rica - in World Cup qualifying, the CONCACAF Gold Cup and even in matches of the United States MLS, where he represents Houston Dynamo.

front six

"I think their front six," Taylor highlighted, of the key players his Jamaica team needs to shut down. "I've played against Ruiz (Bryan) for a number of years, he's pretty technical and pretty good at holding up the ball and scoring goals as well.

"Along with Campbell (Joel), I think they have good players out on the wide right and wide left, and I think they serve in good balls the box, but overall, I think we can nullify that," he added'

The Portland native is set to return to the starting 11 at centre half alongside Wes Morgan, after playing only the last portion of the Argentina match at the Copa America last month, when Jamaica were invited as a guest team.

Getting a good start is key, he said.

"It's very important. One of the things is you want to start on the front foot, which means getting a positive result. One of the things we want to do is put away our chances, and once we do that, I think no doubt we can come out victorious."

- A.B.