Richards, Mattocks in Boyz squad

Published: Sunday | August 12, 2012 Comments 0
Darren Mattocks
Darren Mattocks

Midfielder Dane Richards and striker Darren Mattocks have been named in the Reggae Boyz squad for their friendly international game against El Salvador, which will be played at the RFK Stadium in Washington on Wednesday.

Richards and Mattocks ply their trade for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the USA Major League Soccer (MLS). Both players were forced to miss Jamaica's last two World Cup qualifiers because of injuries.

The 21-year-old Mattocks is in top form at the moment in the MLS. He has netted seven goals in 13 appearances for the Whitecaps this season.

Also returning is Damian Williams (formerly of Nybergsund, Norway); Obrian Woodbine (VPS Vaasa, Finland) and Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact, USA). Thomas last played for the Reggae Boyz against Honduras in October 2011.

8 wins in 18 matches

The Reggae Boyz have played El Salvador on 18 occasions with Jamaica winning eight times, losing five times with five draws.

El Salvador, now ranked 66 to Jamaica 63, have not beaten Jamaica since 2000 when the teams met in the 2002 World Cup Qualifiers in San Salvador. The result then was a 2-0 win for the hosts.

The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to host the USA in the next World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium on September 7.

The rest of the squad: Dwayne Miller, Lovel Palmer, O'Brian Woodbine, Jermaine Taylor, Jevaughn Watson, Andrae Campbell, Jason Morrison, Damian Williams, Ryan Johnson, Omar Cummings, Shavar Thomas, Luton Shelton, Dicoy Williams, Jacomena Barrett, Ewan Grandison, Keneil Moodie, Xavian Virgo, Joel Senior.

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