Jamaica's Michael Binns (yellow jersey) looks to make a move against the host USA during their international friendly on February 3, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Photo: John Dorton/isiphotos.com)
KINGSTON, Jamaica – A 1-0 loss to the host United States in an international friendly on Friday left Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore optimistic ahead of a February 16 meeting with Honduras.
The performance at chilly Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee, gave the 44-year-old positives to accentuate and errors to address.
“It was a spirited performance.” said Whitmore. “You could see the commitment of the players and I thought we were organised and disciplined despite the result. But to be honest, we made some simple errors, which was expected.
“The good thing is that we have a platform to build on going forward and based on what we have seen, the future looks bright where this team is concerned and I can definitely see us improving as we look to take on Honduras.”
The game’s only goal came in the second half, when Jordan Morris netted from seven-yards out off a neat combination with Benny Feilhaber. Jamaica captain Je-Vaughn Watson, though, was pleased with the effort even though the squad wasn’t in camp together long.
“The performance was tremendous,” the New England Revolution defender expressed. “I think the guys put in all the work on Friday against a strong U.S. team who have been together training for over a month. I must admit that I was surprised the way everybody was moving, as we practiced together for only a day before the game,”
Forward Romario Williams -- handed his first start for Jamaica in the game – noted that the team is making progress as a pair of international competitions approach: 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup finals and the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
“I think, given the circumstances, having been together for only a couple of days and the kind of weather that most of the local-based players face, that they are not accustomed to, I think the team went out there and gave their all,” said the 22-year-old. “We are pleased by the individual work and collectively as a team, so this is something we can build on. I believe as the Gold Cup draws closer, we shall gel better as a team and be more cohesive.”