It is key that the left back replacing Phillips be as good as him in playing the ball out from the back. Perhaps only Jermaine Taylor can claim that. And since jt its right footed, and Palmer's performance was only just enough, JT goes on the right for me. Woodbine was called for new Zealand but didn't get to come. Then he was invited for Guyana, but his club didn't release him. By the time the second Panama game was afoot ,there was no more time to get him acclimatized and reaquainted with the team .
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
Woodbine at 24 years old has a future on the national team. He should challenge for a spot on the 2012 Caribbean Cup squad once again.
I believe he is in the last year of his current contract so he need to have a strong second half of the season in Finland. He is capable of playing in a higher league and he should remain open to locations.
And yes, he has a role in the team as the WCQs progress. I think he should look at the leagues in USA, Canada, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden or even France.
MBU, agree 100%... Looks better than when he was in USL with Charleston. Needs to whip those crosses in with pace more often instead of floating them in giving goalkeeper plenty a time to come get the ball.
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
Woodbine expects victory dance on Friday
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Reggae Boy O'Brian Woodbine believes that a victory against the United States in the CONCACAF Group A semi-final round World Cup qualifier on Friday could put the Jamaican team firmly on the road to Brazil and the 2014 World Cup in that country.
According to Woodbine, a win this weekend over their main group rivals would push confidence within the team to unprecedented levels.
Jamaica and the US are tied on four points, but the Americans lead the four-team group on goal difference with the other two teams, Guatemala and Antigua and Barbuda, on a point each. The first and second teams from the group will advance to the final round from which the top three will gain automatic berths to Brazil
A win on Friday would push the Boyz to seven points and top of the group ahead of a second meeting with the Americans next Tuesday.
"Definitely if Jamaica win this game on Friday and get a draw in the United States come Tuesday, we could qualify for the World Cup," Woodbine said ahead of yesterday's training session at the Mona Bowl-based Jamaica Football Federation Training Centre.
The 24-year-old right back spent two years in the wilderness before gaining a recall to the national set-up for last month's friendly against El Salvador.
"It feels good to come back in the national programme," Woodbine shared. "I hope to play at right back, but anywhere the team wants me to play I can play; right back or left back," he added.
The former Reno player, who has for the past two seasons represented VPS Vaasa in Finland, believes he can be an asset to the programme.
"I think I have a lot to offer in the game with my style of play; a lot of people like the way I play and the formation they (the national team) are playing right now I think will be very suitable," Woodbine said.
Woodbine, believes the chemistry in the team is good, as the players motivate each other and the relationship with the coaching staff is good.
"We do not fear the US; we have a crop of players that are experienced and most of them play overseas and I think we can beat them (US) on Friday," Woodbine stated.
Woodbine better mind Tappa ban him after him a let out the team formation to the media.
Definitely feel more comfortable with him attacking down the flank than Lovel (who is a good crosser), but I am not completely convinced about him on the defensive side of things. Tends to use his hands a bit too much when going in for a tackle (not in an extreme sense like Xavian Virgo)
Finlands top league is definitely one of the worst in Europe and ive never seen Woodbine before but based on what I saw in the video I would pick him. He looks better with the ball than both Palmer and Taylor. Defensively i'm not sure but he has pace which neither Palmer or Taylor have and if Tappa tells him to stay on his feet and not dive into tackles then with his pace he should be fine, I would pick him.
I wouldn't be surprised if tappa has Woodbine in starting lineup tomorrow. I've not seen Woodbine play as much as Palmer but based on litlle i've seen of him I would go with him over Palmer as well. Like the added pace and size he brings to backlne. With Palmer, Taylor and Marriappa under 6ft the US (height) will be a problem on set plays in the box for sure.
If they decide to go with 3-5-2, then expect to see Shavar, Marriappa and Noseworthy in the back. Austin, Morrisson and Watson in mid of pitch and Dane and Shelton out wide. Cummings or Mattocks with Johnson up top.
Really going to miss Demar Phillips on the left. As much as we cuss him for making poor tackles, he does cover that left side..
Loc: Miramar, FL, USA
All squared in Western Confed Super League
BY PAUL A REID Observer writer
Saturday, April 20, 2013
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FROME, Westmoreland — It's all square after the first legs of the semi-finals of the Jamaica Football Federation Captain's Bakery and Grill Western Confederation Super League at the Frome Sports Complex on Thursday.
Former national player O'Brian Woodbine rescued Reno FC with a late goal in the 88th minute to earn a 1-1 draw with Granville FC.
Granville FC finished fourth in the points table after the preliminary rounds, but took the lead against the top-ranked Reno through Jeffroy Leslie in the 27th minute.
In the first game, St James teams Tomorrow's People and Wadadah FC played out a 0-0 draw.
The teams will meet in the return leg semi-finals at Jarrett Park next Tuesday for a place in the final.