Five Things to Know: Jamaica

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Fresh off a 3-0 win over Haiti to open Group A action at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, the USA Women’s National Team returns to action on Thursday, July 7, taking on Jamaica at Estadio BBVA during of the second group game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. local / 7 p.m. ET with broadcast coverage available on Paramount+ and the ViX app.

Reggae Girlz, who in the last cycle became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, stunned hosts Mexico 1-0 on Monday night in their first Concacaf Championship match. W, which now serves as the region’s qualifying tournament. for the 2023 World Cup as well as the 2024 Summer Olympics.

As both nations look to continue their momentum and gain a very important position in the group standings, get ready for Thursday’s game with Five Things to Know About Jamaica.

LAST TIME OUT

Jamaica opened the Concacaf W Championship with a 1-0 win over Mexico on Monday night at the Estadio Universitario. The Reggae Girlz took the lead in the eighth minute on a header from star striker Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, who beat her defender inside the penalty area and redirected the serve from a set piece by Deneisha Blackwood inside the right post.

Mexico had the chance to equalize just eight minutes later, but a header from striker Diana Ordonez clicked the post and came back into play. Jamaica had the chance to double their lead at the 35e minute after being awarded a penalty after VAR confirmed a handball from Mexico inside the penalty area, but Jamaican Havana Solaun’s attempt went off target. Ordonez and Solaun, who scored Mexico’s first and only World Cup goal, played at youth international level for the United States.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Mexico pushed to equalize throughout the final 45 minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net as Jamaica held on for their first-ever win over Mexico in a Concacaf qualifying match.

Blackwood and Rebecca Spencer, the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper who played a fine game to win the shutout, both received yellow cards in the game and will carry those bookings over to Thursday’s meeting with the United States. According to the rules of the competition, two yellow cards received by a player in different matches will lead to a one-match suspension for the following match. Single yellow cards will be reset after the end of the group stage.

INSIDE THE LIST

Twelve of the 23 players in Jamaica’s 2022 Concacaf W Championship roster were part of the 2019 squad that represented Jamaica at their first World Cup in 2019. Highlighting this group, Solaun, who scored Jamaica’s goal during the Reggae Girlz 4-1 group stage. loss to Australia and Shaw, a team captain and dynamic striker who now plays at her club football for Manchester City in the FA Women’s Super League.


JAMAICA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION


Guardians (3):
1-Sydney Schneider (Kansas City Current, USA), 13-Rebecca Spencer (Tottenham Hotspur FC, ENG), 23-Yazmeen Jamieson (Non-Club)


Defenders (5):
2-Satara Murray (Racing Louisville FC, USA), 3-Vyan Sampson (Charlton Athletic, ENG), 4-Chantelle Swaby (Rangers FC, SCO), 12-Jayda Pelaia (Arizona State, USA), 17 – Allyson Swaby (Angel City FC, USA)


Midfielders (10):
5-Jade Bailey (Liverpool FC, ENG), 6-Havana Solaun Nelson (North Carolina Courage, USA), 7- Chinyelu Asher (Aik Fotboll, SWE), 9-Drew Spence (Unattached), 11-Khadija Shaw (Manchester City FC, ENG), 14-Deneisha Blackwood (Without Club), 15-Kalyssa Vanzanten (University of Notre Dame, USA), 16-Paige Bailey-Gayle (Without Club), 18- Trudi Carter (FC Gintra, LTU), 20-Atlanta Primus (London City Lionesses, ENG)


Forwards (5):
8-Kayla McCoy (Rangers FC, SCO), 10-Jody Brown (Florida State University, USA), 19- Tiernny Wiltshire (Unattached), 21-Olufolasade Adamolekun (University of Southern California, USA) 22-Mireya Gray (Unattached attached)

SERIES HISTORY: USA vs. JAMAICA

Thursday’s match in Monterrey will be the fifth all-time meeting between the United States and Jamaica and the fourth in a Concacaf qualifier. The United States have won each of the four previous meetings between the teams by shutout, the most recent of which was on June 13, 2021, in the WNT Summer Series friendlies. That game ended in a 4-0 victory for the United States in Houston, Texas thanks to first-half goals from Carli Lloyd, Lindsey Horan and Midge Purce. Alex Morgan added an insurance count in second-half stoppage time for what was his 110e career goal.

The last clash in Concacaf qualifying came in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign when the United States beat Jamaica, 6-0, on October 14, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. The victory, which came in the semi-finals of the tournament, qualified the Americans for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Morgan and Tobin Heath both scored braces in the win, and Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe also found the back of the net in the win over the Reggae Girlz.

Jamaica and the United States also faced each other in the 1994 World Cup qualifier – a 10-0 victory for the Americans in Montreal, Canada – and in the 2008 Olympic qualifier, a 6-0 victory for the United States in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.



AMERICAN CONNECTIONS

Although Jamaica haven’t been a particularly common foe for the United States, many members of this Jamaican roster will be familiar to American players and fans. Four players – Solaun (North Carolina Courage), goalkeeper Sydney Schneider (Kansas City Current) and defenders Satara Murray (Racing Louisville FC) and Allyson Swaby (Angel City FC) – are active in the NWSL while four other players on this Jamaican squad – defender Jayda Pelaia (Arizona State), midfielder Kalyssa Vanzanten (Notre Dame) and forwards Jody Brown (Florida State) and Olufolasade Adamolekun (Southern California) – compete collegially in the United States. Solaun also represented the United States at the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship and is a teammate of United States goalkeeper Casey Murphy with North Carolina Courage.

Recently appointed as Jamaica’s head coach, Lorne Donaldson is also a very familiar figure in American football. Donaldson, who was born in Jamaica and played for the Jamaican men’s national team, is the executive director of coaching at Real Colorado, where he coached current USWNT forwards Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith during their careers in youth clubs. A longtime fixture on the Colorado football scene, Donaldson’s first game as head coach of the Reggae Girlz was the 4th of July win over Mexico.


REGGAE GIRLZ VYING FOR WORLD CUP RETURN

Jamaica’s win over Mexico to kick off the 2022 Concacaf W Championship adds momentum to a historic 2018 qualifying campaign for the Reggae Girlz. At that tournament, Jamaica finished second in Group B, rebounding from an initial 2-0 loss to Canada to defeat Cuba, 9-0, then beat Costa Rica, 1-0, to exit the group. After falling to top-seeded USA in the semi-finals, Jamaica took on Panama in the match for third place with a berth in the 2019 FIFA Women’s Cup on the line. Tied 2-2 at When regulation time and extra time ended, the Reggae Girlz won on penalties, 4-2, to become the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. At France 2019, Jamaica contested Group C against Brazil (3-0 loss), Italy (5-0 loss) and Australia (4-1 loss).

With a view to returning to the World Cup in 2023, Reggae Girlz completed an unbeaten campaign in the Concacaf W Qualifiers to win Group C. Jamaica won all four matches against Bermuda (victory 4-0 on February 17), Grenada (6-1 win on February 20), the Cayman Islands (9-0 win on April 9) and the Dominican Republic (5-1 win on April 12) will advance to the eight-man championship round teams. Shaw led Jamaica with nine goals in qualifying, while Brown and Jodi Carter scored five each.

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