Defender Alvas Powell (yellow) was called up to Jamaica for a pair international friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago on November 15 and 19, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Jamaica head coach Winfried Schafer announced Wednesday that he has called in 22 players, including six from Major League Soccer (MLS), for a pair of friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago.
The sides will square off on Friday at Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay, before traveling south for a November 19 meeting in Port of Spain’s Hasely Crawford Stadium.
"This will give the young players the chance to make mistakes so we can help them get better (as) this is the start of a new chapter where we can test players and see what we have," Schafer told the media assembled at the Rui Hotel.
Heading the list of MLS-based players is Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks, who scored three goals in 20 league appearances this season. He will be joined by forwards Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids), Jason Johnson (Houston Dynamo) and 17-year-old Michael Seaton (D.C. United); midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas) and defender Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers).
A number of young players, mainly from local clubs, earned call-ups. Among them are Upston Edwards, Ricardo Morris, Isamnia Cohan and Khesanio Hall.
Jamaica will be using the matches to launch preparations for its 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
(International Friendlies: home v Trinidad & Tobago, November 15, 2013; away v Trinidad & Tobago, November 19, 2013)
GOALKEEPERS: Richard McCallum (Waterhouse), Gariece McPherson (Cavalier)
DEFENDERS: Upston Edwards (Portmore United), Kemar Lawrence (Harbour View), Montrose Phinn (Harbour View), Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers/USA), Adrian Reid (Portmored United), Dicoy Williams (Harbour View)
MIDFIELDERS: Insamnia Cohen (Manchester High), Keammar Daley (Tivoli Gardens), Omar Daley (Minnesota United/USA), Ricardo Morris (Portmore United), Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas/USA), Andrew Vanzie (Portmore United), Jermaine Woozencraft (Montego Bay United)
FORWARDS: Jermaine Anderson (Waterhouse), Brian Brown (Harbour View), Deshorn Brown (Colorado Rapids/USA), Khesanio Hall (St. Elizabeth Technical High), Jason Johnson (Houston Dynamo/USA), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps/Canada), Michael Seaton (D.C. United/USA)