March 21, 2019 at 3:07 am #84
Striker Dever Orgill is among 17 overseas-based players called to a 23-man Reggae Boyz squad for their final CONCACAF Nations Cup qualifying match against El Salvador on March 23, and an international friendly against Costa Rica on March 26.
Jamoi Topey gets his debut call up to the senior team following standout performances for Jamaica’s Under-20 squad and for Bethlehem Steele.
The 29-year-old Orgill scored his sixth goal in seven matches in the Turkish Super League on Sunday as Ankaragücü went down 3-1 to Yeni Malatyaspor.
Team manager Roy Simpson said Orgill’s experience and goalscoring form were critical to his selection.
“Orgill has been prolific throughout his life. I remember him when he played at the Under 17 and Under 20 levels he was scoring goals for us. In fact, he was one of our leading goal scorers in those respective age groups,” said Simpson of the player who last played for Jamaica in 2016 against Panama.
“He has been doing well in Europe. Since he has been to Turkey he has scored a number of goals and we thought that looking to go down to El Salvador with his vast amount of experience and form, that Dever would come in and produce for us.”
Junior Flemming, who last played for Jamaica when Jamaica were runners up to Martinique in 2017, also makes a return to the squad.
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are undefeated in Nations League qualifying with three victories.
Following the qualifying rounds, teams will be placed in Leagues A, B, and C of the three-tier Concacaf Nations League.
The Concacaf Nations League embraces a promotion and demotion system and will serve to seed teams and serve, importantly, as a qualifying platform for the expanded Gold Cup, which will have for the first time 16 teams for 2019 edition.
JAMAICA’S 23-MAN SQUAD
Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
Cory Burke (Philadelphia Union)
Amal Knight (UWI FC)
Fabion McCarthy (UWI FC)
Jaedine White (Humble Lion)
Alvas Powell (FC Cincinnati)
Darren Mattocks (FC Cincinnati)
Damion Lowe (IK Start)
Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday FC)
Ladale Richie (Mount Pleasant FC)
Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls)
Shaun Francis (Louisville City FC)
Devon Williams (Louisville City FC)
JeVaughn Watson (Unattached)
Kevon Lambert (Phoenix Rising FC)
Junior Flemmings (Phoenix Rising FC)
Javon East (Portmore United)
Ricardo Morris (Portmore United)
Dever Orgill (MKE Ankaragucu)
Peter Vassell (Los Angeles FC)
Brian Brown (Reno 1868 FC)
Maalique Foster (Rio Grande Valley FC)
Jamoi Topey (Bethlehem Steel)
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