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'Personal stuff' keeps Watson out of contract - Footballer eyes quick return to MLS

Published:Friday | March 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
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Veteran Reggae Boyz midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson says that although he is currently out of a professional contract, there are options in the pipeline that could see him return to Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States of America (USA).

Despite being currently unattached, Watson was named in the Reggae Boyz squad for the friendly international game against lowly ranked Caribbean rival Antigua and Barbuda at Sabina Park in Kingston on Sunday, March 25, starting at 5:00 p.m.

"I got some options, but I got some stuff going on right now. I got some personal stuff that I am trying to sort out. 'Tappa' (Theodore Whitmore, national head coach) and I have been in contact, and everybody knows that whenever it is over, I am going back there (Major League Soccer) to start playing again," Watson told The Gleaner after the Reggae Boyz training session at the Anthony Spaulding Complex earlier this week.

 

WORKING HARDER

 

"I got a couple options but don't want to disclose the clubs right now. But otherwise, I am just focusing on this game (against Antigua and Barbuda) and getting some match fitness. Playing in Jamaica is always great for the team. We will be in front of home support," he said.

"Every game is important to us. You find that we are 49th in the ranking (FIFA world rankings) right now, so we can't afford to lose this game. We are working harder to go as low as possible in the ranking," he added.

Watson is calling on the fans to turn out and support the team.

"It has been a long time since we played in front of our own fans. We will just come out and give a good account of ourselves because we are representing Jamaica, no matter who we are playing against," Watson pointed out.

Watson started his senior career at Sporting Central Academy before moving to Major League Soccer in the United States and represented Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas, and New England Revolution.

The 34-year-old has represented the Reggae Boyz since 2008. He scored four times in over 70 appearances and last scored for Jamaica against the USA in a 1-1 draw in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.