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Goalless draw between U-17 Reggae Boyz & the US
Wendell Downswell. Jamaica's under-17s football team and their United States counterparts played to a goalless draw in Thursday’s first of two practice games at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, St. James.
Both teams are preparing for the world cup qualifiers in February and the young Reggae Boyz are fresh from their five week training tour of Brazil and Coach Wendell Downswell pointed to one area where the team performed well on Thursday.
"Defensively I think we did well against a US team, the number one team in the region in terms of qualifying for tournaments. They didn’t do so bad offensively … it wasn’t the normal passing game like before, they players were more mature, which is something we have to continue to work on. We have some more players coming in," Downswell told RJR Sports.
Coach of the US team Mervin Caberra says it was a good test for his team.
"The competition was very good. I think it was sad because none of us could score but we’re on a good level of competition."
The second match will be played on Sunday at the same venue starting at 6 pm.
Jamaica will open their qualifying campaign against Trinidad and Tobago while USA will face Cuba on February 14 at the Trelawney Multipurpose Stadium.
Give me half a chance and I'll make it one
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Both Jamaica and the United States were satisfied with a 0-0 draw in yesterday's Under-17 international friendly game at Jarrett Park — the first in their two-match series -- as they continued their preparation for the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers here next month. Despite few scoring chances going to either team, the game was well contested, with the intensity level rising at times as both teams pushed forward.
Jamaica's head coach, Wendell Downswell was happy with his defence, but said they had work to do at the offensive end of the field. Describing the United States as "a superior team", one that has qualified for every FIFA Under-17 World Cup, Downswell said the exercise was a good one for his team. "I think overall it was a good exercise for us. Defensively, we played well; they did not get behind us too often," he reasoned. At the other end, however, Downswell said he thought his players did not give enough effort. "I'm still not pleased with offensive thrust," he said. "We still have some players, especially in the midfield, that did not give us the quality performance that we were expecting," he added. "But it's our first game at home (after the tour to Brazil) and we will have some new players in for the second game, so hopefully, we will have the opportunity to see some other quality players and see how well they can handle themselves," Downswell said. American head coach, Wilmer Cabrera admitted they did not have all their best players for the trip. "This is their first international; that is the best way to see how they can take this level of performance and possibility to see if they can play in the national team," Cabrera told reporters after the game. Asked if this same set of players would be back next month for the tournament, Cabrera said, "It is up to them; this is a test for them. Right now they're putting themselves up". "We have 40 guys (in the squad) so we need to see which 20 can make the roster to come here in three weeks," he stated. Overall he said he was pleased with yesterday's game. "I'm happy. It was a good game; good level competition and obviously we have to do other things," he said while lauding the Jamaican team. "Jamaica team is very good team, one of the top teams, and is going to be one of the favourites also to take this qualifying tournament." However, like Downswell, Cabrera was not happy with the offensive thrust of this team. "We had more of the possession, but we only created two or three chances ... that is not good enough and we must look to score goals," he said. The Americans had the best two chances in the first half as Alfred Koroma's long-range shot in the 10th minute was knocked down by goalkeeper Odean Clarke and collected on the second attempt. A mistake by Jamaican defender Keino Wallace in the 31st minute allowed Christian Duarte to get inside the penalty area, but his shot went just wide of the far left post. Jamaica came forward late in the first half and started better in the second as the UK-based Patrick Hadden, who replaced Romario Williams, should have scored with his first touch in the 54th. He ran onto a high ball into the penalty area and with goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh advancing off his line, sent the ball inches wide. Jamaica's captain Omar Holness got a good chance in the 59th, but he kicked straight at goalkeeper McIntosh.
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Give me half a chance and I'll make it one
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
U.S. U-17 MNT Plays to Scoreless Draw Against Jamaica in Montego Bay The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team played to a scoreles draw against Jamaica in Montego Bay as part of final preparations for the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Kendall McIntosh earned the shutout in goal behind the back four of Joe Amon, Zach Carroll, Mobi Fehr and Nathan Smith. Share Print Subscribe to RSS Email This
Jan. 28, 2011
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Jan. 28, 2010) -- The U.S. U-17 Men's National Team played to a scoreles draw against Jamaica in Montego Bay as part of final preparations for the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Kendall McIntosh earned the shutout in goal behind the back four of Joe Amon, Zach Carroll, Mobi Fehr and Nathan Smith.
The U.S. will play another game against the home side on Jan. 30. Montego Bay is also the site of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, so the team will continue to acclimate to its surroundings during the camp. After the training camp, Wilmer Cabrera's squad will return to Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 3 to continue daily training and travel back to Jamaica a week later.
The U.S. was drawn into Group B of the regional championship and will face Cuba on Feb. 14 and Panama on Feb. 18 at Trelawny Stadium. The top two teams in the group will advance to the quarterfinals, and the four quarterfinal winners will earn a place at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.
U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Game Report
Participants: U.S. U-17 MNT v. Jamaica Competition: International Friendly Location: Montego Bay, Jamaica Date: January 27, 2011 Weather: 78 degrees, cloudy
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
Jamaica, USA U-17s look to break deadlock Published: Sunday | January 30, 2011 0 Comments Jamaica's Romario Williams (left) battles the United States' Paul Arriola during Thursday's game between the two Under-17 teams at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay. The match ended 0-0. - Photo by Adrian Frater Jamaica's Romario Williams (left) battles the United States' Paul Arriola during Thursday's game between the two Under-17 teams at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay. The match ended 0-0. - Photo by Adrian Frater
Adrian Frater, News Editor
With both teams expressing healthy respect for each other following Thursday's first game 0-0 draw, Jamaica's Under-17 team and their United States counterparts will clash again this evening in the second game of their two-game friendly series at Jarrett Park, in Montego Bay, starting at 6 p.m.
The teams, which are fine-tuning their preparation for next month's twelve-team CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, which will be staged in western Jamaica, are among the teams favoured to lead the charge for the four qualifying places for this summer's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Mexico.
Having held the United States team, which rarely plays a CONCACAF opponent without scoring, to a goal-less draw, Jamaica coach Windell Downswell is hoping that the offensive side of his team will raise their performance to the high level displayed by the defenders on Thursday.
"We will be looking to tighten up on our offence ... presently, we are trying to find the right combination to lead our attack," said Downswell. "The players are all quite confident, and we will definitely be aiming to give an improved performance in this second."
The United States, who seemed well on course to winning the 2009 championship before 'swine flu' forced a premature end to the tournament, are building methodically for the upcoming CONCACAF tournament as, according to head coach Wilmer Cabrera, he is basically seeking to see how well his team matches up against what he considers quality opposition.
"We believe Jamaica will be one of the favourites in this tournament, so this is an opportunity to measure our state of readiness against them," said coach Cabrera. "In addition, we want to get a feel of the local condition as we have to factor that in our overall preparation for the upcoming tournament."
For today's game, Jamaica's bid to go one better than Thursday's 0-0 draw will revolve around the likes of skipper Omar Holness, Patrick Palmer, goalkeeper Odean Clarke, Andre Lewis, Jason Wright and Romario Williams, who all gave encouraging performances in the first game.
For the United States, much will be expected from the likes of the wily Paul Arriola, Matt Dunn, Jordon Allen, and Marc Pelosi, who all showed quality going at the Jamaican defence on Thursday.
One refreshing aspect of the Jamaicans' play, which the fans will probably be looking forward to again, is the new-found assurance and maturity they seemed to have picked up on their recent six-week training camp in Brazil.
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
U-17s fortified for second US friendly
Sunday, January 30, 2011
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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Jamaica coaching staff will hope the addition of three overseas players for the second friendly international against the United States Under-17s at Jarrett Park at 6:00 pm will boost the home team.
Quante Smith and Shawn Lawson — both based in Canada — as well as Kaya Beckford, who is a resident of the Valencia Academy in Spain, will join the team which played to a 0-0 draw against the Americans last Thursday.
Esteban Rodriques (left) of the USA turns away from Jamaica’s Melvin Blair during their Under-17 friendly international match at Jarrett Park last Thursday. The game ended 0-0. (Photo: Paul Reid) [Hide Description] Esteban Rodriques (left) of the USA turns away from Jamaica’s Melvin Blair during their Under-17 friendly international match at Jarrett Park last Thursday. The game ended 0-0. (Photo: Paul Reid) [Restore Description] 1/1
The trio will join UK-based Patrick Hadden — who came on as a second-half substitute in the first game — as the foreign-based players for the game.
Meanwhile, Jamaican head coach Wendell Downswell bemoaned the team's poor offensive showing in their last game when they created a mere handful of chances
Both teams are using the two-game series as preparation for next month's CONCACAF Under-17 World Cup Qualifiers which will see four countries advancing to the FIFA Finals to be staged in Mexico later this year.
After Thursday's stalemate where they had time to feel each other out, the teams are expected to be more offensive and are expected to make changes to the teams that started in the first game.
Hadden, who added some speed to the Jamaica attack when he replaced Romario Williams early in the second half, could force his way into the starting team where he is expected to partner Jason Wright in attack.
Esteban Rodriquez was also a bright spark in the USA's attack and could also get the nod from coach Wilmer Cabrera.
Live from Montego Bay Posted by ussoccer at 1/28/2011 5:06 PM CST
The YNT Blog caught up with U.S. U-17 MNT defender Zach Carroll from Montego Bay, Jamaica. The U.S. team drew Jamaica 0-0 yesterday as part of the nine-day training camp which will serve as preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
ussoccer.com: First things first: How is Montego Bay?
Zach Carroll: “Montego Bay is really nice. The people here have been great to us and they want to stop and talk to us about what we’re doing down here. The beaches are very nice of course and the weather is nice and warm. It’s just beautiful here.”
ussoccer.com: How was the game ?
Zach: “The game yesterday was okay. They were big, physical and fast just like we thought they’d be. We weren’t used to the field, the grass is a bit different here than it is in Florida, and I don’t think we came out with the intensity we needed to win.”
ussoccer.com: What was the atmosphere like?
Zach: “It was awesome. There were a bunch of Jamaican fans there cheering them on. We also had our own little section of American fans cheering us on. It was fun.”
ussoccer.com: Why is this trip important for your team right now?
Zach: “The idea behind the trip was for us to come down here and play two friendly games against Jamaica, and to get ourselves ready for qualifying. We want to get acclimated to the weather and the fields down here, and just our surroundings. I think it will be an advantage for us to be ready for the weather and the field.”
ussoccer.com: How do you use that experience to improve for the important qualifiers?
Zach: “I look at it and can see that we can’t underestimate anyone. On paper maybe we should beat Jamaica, but we have to understand that we need to play our game to beat them. As we get into qualifying now we’re more mentally ready. Maybe we’re the favorites, but until we actually score and win the game, that doesn’t mean anything. We’ll be more mentally strong as a group when we come back and more physically prepared.”
Next up? Carroll and the U-17 MNT take on Jamaica again on Sunday evening in Montego Bay. Comments (0) | Permanent Link
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