HVFC for Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League
Harbour View Football Club's Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League.
The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City.
"Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation," said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank's vice-president of marketing.
In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago).
The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July.
"We are happy to be selected and we're preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone," said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC.
Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada).
Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador).
At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1).
Mexico's Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year.
One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn 'RoRo' Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score.
Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league's first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup.