The 20-member squad includes six players from the under-17 team that qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. Zhelano Barnes, Nico Campbell, Omar Holness, Romario Jones, Andre Lewis and Alvas Powell, each of whom played at least one game in the global event, were retained by head coach Luciano Gama.
"When you look at the composition of the squad, a number of youngsters who were a part of the National Under-17 squad that went to the World Cup, from that unit, we have approximately 40 per cent that have made the transition to the National Under-20, and again that speaks volume for the continuity of the program itself," said Wendell Downswell, who was head coach of that outstanding U17 side that posted a tie and two narrow one-goal losses in Mexico.
University of Hartford's Damion Lowe, son of former Jamaican national team star Onandi Lowe, was also selected.
The young Reggae Boyz were drawn into Group C at the CONCACAF tournament and will face Puerto Rico (Feb. 19) and Panama (Feb. 23).
JAMAICA UNDER-20 ROSTER
2013 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship - February 18-March 3, 2013 - Puebla, Mexico
GOALKEEPERS: Rashaun Patterson (Portmore United), Nico Campbell (Cavalier FC)
DEFENDERS: Alvas Powell (Portmore United), Zhelano Barnes (Cavalier FC), Javaun Waugh (Clarendon College), Kereen Manning (Portmore United), Shawn Lawes (Arnett Gardens FC), Damion Lowe (University of Hartford/USA), Rickardo Oldham (Arnett Gardens FC), Sean McFarlane (St. Leo University/USA)
MIDFIELDERS: Romario Jones (Cavalier FC), Omar Holness (unattached), Keniel Kirlew (Montegho Bay United FC), Andre Lewis (Portmore United), Mark Brown (Cavalier FC), Andrew Allen (Arnett Gardens FC)
FORWARDS: Paul Wilson (Portmore United), Oshana Boothe (Rae Town FC), Cleon Pryce (Portmore United), Kendan Anderson (Portmore United)