At the end of the day, Jamaica's problem is sorting out that defense...who else is out there that's any better than what we've tried so far...
Maybe Tappa need to send out a world SOS...top class defenders needed for the Jamaican national team...pre-requisite qualifications necessary is Jamaican heritage under FIFA rules...CVs/applications being accepted now...all qualified applicants will be considered for the job
Immediate start, btw.
Right on this one......we need to find a couple defenders who can deal with Antigua and Guatemala in the short term but long term they need to be able to handle Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Edson Buddle, Javier Hernandez, and Bryan Ruiz.
But as another ite mentioned, it is not as much the individuals but the team defensive system, organization and cohesiveness needs work, irregardless of the players who are starting.
The defense wasn't the disaster I expected from reading on the board. But it is evident that we need more quality there.
The way I see it...the issue with defense is finding the right combination as a UNIT.
Its more than obvious that individually, Jamaica's defenders are the weakest in the quality department, when compared to the individual ability of the others players in the other areas of the team...that makes sense, knowing Jamaica's culture of entertaining attacking football but you cannot win matches without a strong defense, no matter how many goals you can score.
So Tappa has called back Claude and 'Tew Peas and had a look at them in this match, which is sticking to his promise that all available players would have a chance...no problem on that score.
His job is still to find the right combination from a list of ordinary defenders and work to develop an effective defensive unit.
With Jamaica shipping 2 goals in this match, you can't say this defense covered itself in glory..typical of a Jamaica side anyway.
If the JFF could afford it, one suggestion might be to play as many matches with a local team on non-FIFA dates as possible to allow the local players to develop that cohesive unity in the defense particularly.
Jamaica does not play enough matches to give the local players a chance to gain international experience and when the big matches come along, its every man for himself, trying to scramble into the squad.
I still have to watch the entire match to have a solid opinion on how this defense perfomed as a UNIT, over the 90 minutes.
There's defintely enough options out there for Tappa to find the right combination.