Gordon makes mark at Sandhausen, hopes for Jamaica recall

Jamaica international Daniel Gordon (white jersey) is shown playing for Germany's SV Sandhausen against visiting St. Pauli on October 22, 2016. (Photo courtesy of SV Sandhausen)

SANDHAUSEN, Germany -- SV Sandhausen currently occupies 10th place in the 2. Bundesliga, sitting nine points off the promotion pace. 

On Saturday, it will have a chance to make a dent in that deficit with a visit to 15th-place place Karlsruher. The match also marks the return Sandhausen’s Jamaica international Daniel Gordon to his former club.

“I had four great years at Karlsruher,” the 31-year-old defender said of the club for which he played 2012-16. “We played some good football. I made my international debut while playing for that club. However, my heart and energy is with Sandhausen. Our aim is to get promoted and a victory against my former club is exactly what I have on my mind for this weekend.”

Gordon was born in Dortmund, Germany, and has Jamaican grandparents. In 2013, he made his Jamaica debut in a scoreless friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in the Bahamas. His first official match came in CONCACAF qualifying for Brazil 2014, a 1-0 loss to visiting Mexico on June 4, 2013.

The five-time capped Gordon -- who was on the Reggae Boyz’s 2016 Copa America Centenario roster, but didn’t play – joined Sandhausen at the end of June and is hoping for an eventual recall.

“I still have an ambition to play more for Jamaica,” he finished. “I enjoy every minute of international football and I would love to be part of their squad for the Gold Cup. But I need to work hard at my club to get that opportunity, so my focus is three points against my former club this Saturday. One game at a time, and, after that, I am sure things shall work out.” 

Gordon is the first and only German-born footballer to represent Jamaica.