Leighton Levy, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's players selected for the crucial World Cup Qualifier (WCQ) against the United States at the National Stadium on Friday, September 7, are to start arriving in the island today for camp.
Eleven of them are expected to arrive in the island today. Shavar Thomas is expected to be the first player in this afternoon at 1:35 p.m., while Nyron Nosworthy, the now healthy Omar Cummings, Adrian Mariappa, Rodolph Austin, Dicoy Williams, Ryan Johnson, Lovel Palmer, Luton Shelton, Dane Richards and Darren Mattocks expected to arrive by 8:20 p.m.
O'brian Woodbine comes in tomorrow at 4:10 a.m., while Aundre Campbell is scheduled to arrive at 4:50 a.m. Jermaine Taylor and Je-Vaughn Watson are set to arrive at 10:50 a.m. The remainder of the squad, including Jason Morrison, Tramaine Stewart, Duwayne Kerr and Dwayne Miller - all based in Eurpoe - are expected to arrive at 8:20.
Training camp starts tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Football Federation Football Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.
Friday night's Group One match takes on significant importance as Jamaica and the United States are locked at the top of the zone with four points each after the first two rounds of matches.
However, the USA lead the group on goal difference, having scored four goals to Jamaica's two. Only two teams will advance from this group to the final qualifying stage of competition.
On June 8, Jamaica defeated Guatemala 2-1 at the National Stadium, the same night the United States drubbed Antigua and Barbuda 3-1. On June 12, the teams had similar results as the Reggae Boyz were held 0-0 away to Antigua, while the United States were held 1-1 by Guatemala at the Mateo Flores Stadium.
With the next encounter between Jamaica and the USA set for the Columbus Crew Stadium on September 11, Jamaica can ill afford to lose to the Americans on home soil. Five of the last six encounters between the two teams have ended in draws, with the USA winning 2-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year.
Jamaica's senior men's football team has never defeated the United States in international competition.