Hardware looks forward to friendlies
Boys' Town FC midfielder Jamiel Hardware is looking forward to a first appearance with the Jamaica National senior men's team when it faces the United States of America (USA) and Honduras next month in two friendly international games.
Hardware is currently a member of a 23-man local squad in training for theses games, in preparation for the Caribbean Cup and then Gold Cup tournaments this summer.
After coming back from a two-year deal with St Louis FC in the United Soccer League (USL), the 24-year-old Hardware was named in the Reggae Boyz training set-up by the Jamaica Football Federation last week.
Following an international clearance, the player represented his home town club, Boys' Town, in the last two Red Stripe Premier League games.
"I was surprised that the call came so early, as I had played only one game for Boys' Town at the time. However, I'm definitely happy," Hardware told The Gleaner yesterday ahead of this week's training camp, which starts today.
"This is the second time I am in the senior team, as I was also called up while attending Bridgeport High, some years ago," he informed.
"It was a good week in training. We have a nice group of local players and was given encouragement by the coach (Theodore Whitmore) and the technical staff. I know that overseas players will be coming in for the two upcoming games, but we have to just work hard in order to be there," he also added.
Meanwhile, Boys' Town is currently struggling in the local national league, in last position on 12 points, following only three wins, three drawn encounters and 13 losses, in 19 games this season.
However, Hardware is confident that despite the situation, the team will dig deep and at least remain in the RSPL next season.
"It is a difficult situation for us (Boys' Town), but I'm looking forward to the team winning games and climbing up the table. I'm highly confident that we have the players to move up," Hardware said.
Hardware first represented Boys' Town in 2010, then went overseas and played for Jefferson Vikings, Ventura County Fusion, Motala AIF (in Sweden), Harrisburg City Islanders and St Louis FC.