• Saturday Dec 30, 2017

    Brown, Jamaica confident ahead of U-20 Women’s Championship

    Although only 15-years-old, Jody Brown (green jersey) is a veteran of the Jamaica women’s youth program. (Photo: Mexsport)

    SUNRISE, Florida – Jamaica’s under-20 women’s national team standout Jody Brown is proof that age is no limitation to success in football.

    The forward made a name for herself in 2014, when – at 12-years-old -- she became the first player to score four goals in a single CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship game, leading the Reggae Girlz to a 9-0 win over Anguilla.

    Now, Brown’s attention has turned towards a bigger objective – helping a Jamaica earn a first-ever Women’s World Cup berth at any level.  On January 19, the Caribbean power will open play in the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship against Mexico.

    “All that I have achieved so far is down to hard work,” Brown told CONCACAF.com.  “I am honored and humbled to play for Jamaica from the U15 to U17 and now U20 level.  It just goes to show that you can achieve anything you want in life once you are determined.

    “For me, I want to make my country proud and my aim is to help us get to the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in France.  I am working hard on my striking ability and running, so I am feeling good.”

    Last month, Brown struck for a brace in 9-0 win over St. Kitts & Nevis in Caribbean qualifying as Jamaica joined Mexico and United States as the only teams to earn place in each edition of the CONCACAF competition (eight, including 2018).

    She is certain that success can be achieved in the finals, which will be played January 18-28 in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago.

    “I know our best (in CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship history) is fourth, which was all the way back in 2006, but we have the quality in our team to finish in the top three,” finished Brown.  “Some of the girls in the team I have played with at U17 level as well, so we have a good relationship on the pitch.  I am sure we can make a good impression and shine.”

     

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