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.
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