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Boyz name squad for USA friendly

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

The Red Stripe Premier League's top goalscorer 19-year-old Shamar Nicholson of Boys' Town and 2016 schoolboy sensation, Jourdaine Fletcher of Cornwall College and Montego Bay United, head the list of nine local-based players included in the Reggae Boyz final squad to face the United States on Friday February 3 in Chattagoona, Tennessee.

The full delegation will depart the island on Tuesday morning for the game which will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Jamaica time.

The young Nicholson, who is in his third season in local top-flight football, currently leads the scoring chart with 10 strikes from 18 matches, while Fletcher scored an impressive 34 goals in leading Cornwall College to their first daCosta Cup title in 15 years and to the lucrative FLOW Cup final, where they lost to Wolmer's.

Both are receiving their first international senior cap.

The last time both teams met in a friendly match was on April 11, 2006 when the game ended 1-1.

Bruce Arena, who has returned to coach the Americans, was also the man in charge during that last friendly contest.

The USA are preparing for their 2018 World Cup Qualifying matches against Honduras and Panama, while the Jamaicans will be using the clash to fine-tune ahead of their Caribbean Cup title defense and the upcoming Gold Cup.


Meanwhile, Montego Bay United accounted for the majority of the local-based contingent with five players in the squad. These include Fletcher, Owayne Gordon, Kevon Lambert, Dwayne Ambursley and Ladale Ritchie.

The other local-based players are Micheal Binns and Ewan Grandison of Portmore United and Rosario Harriot of Harbour View.

The squad is completed by 11 US-based players - Romario Williams, Cory Burke, Omar Holness, Je-Vaughn Watson, Kemar Lawrence, Sergio Campbell, Damion Lowe, Oneil Fisher, Andre Blake (GK), Ryan Thompson (GK) and Alvas Powell.