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Nickname: The Reggaeboyz
FIFA Rank: 60
Coach: Theodore Whitmore
Last World Cup Qualifying Campaign: Eliminated in Third Round, Group 2
Last Five Results:
Loss vs Panama
Loss vs Panama
Win vs Guyana
Tie vs Costa Rica
Win vs New Zealand
Player to Watch: Marlon King: The Birmingham City striker is coming off a fantastic year in which he led the club in goals (16) and was second in assists (10). As the most in form of all the Jamaican forwards, watch to see if King can keep up his hot streak against three teams that have suspect defenses.
X-Factor: Donovan Ricketts: A few years ago, Donovan Ricketts was thought of by many as the best goalie in all of MLS. Now, the Jamaican has the second-highest GAA for starting keepers in the league and lacks all the confidence that used to make him so effective back with the Galaxy.
Jamaica used to rely heavily on Ricketts’ play back in previous qualifying campaigns, and if the team wants to reach the Hexagonal, they most likely are going to need the veteran keeper to get back to playing like his former self.
The Verdict: From front to back, Jamaica is the second most talented team in Group 2, and they will finish in that position when it is all said and done. From Richards, to King, to Cummings, to Johnson, this team has a plethora of attacking options that Guatemala and Antigua will have trouble keeping off the scoreboard. On to the hexagonal!