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Reggae Boyz sweep three games in week
by Paul Kennedy, February 29th, 2012 3:36PM
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[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] Jamaica, which will face the USA in the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying, won their third friendly in a week with a 3-2 win at New Zealand on Wednesday. The Reggae Boyz have a long tradition of bringing foreign-based players -- mostly from England and the United States -- into their team, but it was three domestic-based players -- Xavian Virgo, Tramaine Stewart and sub Navion Boyd -- who scored against the All Whites.

Jermaine Taylor and Je-Vaughn Watson of the Houston Dynamo and Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids were the three MLS players in the Jamaica starting lineup.

All the other starters against New Zealand besides Montego Bay United's Troy Smith are based in Europe: goalie Dwayne Miller at Swedish club Syrianska, Luton Shelton at Turkish club Karabukspor and the English-based trio of defenders Claude Davis (Crawley Town) and Damian Stewart (Notts County), and winger Keammar Daley (Preston North End).

Ryan Johnson had played in last week's 1-0 and 3-0 wins over Cuba in Kingston before rejoining Toronto FC.

Teenager Jorginho James scored the late winner in the first game, while Johnson,Watson and Mitchily Waul scored in the second game.

1 comment
  1. David Huff
    commented on: March 1, 2012 at 5:28 p.m.
    The real question here though is what type of team did the All Whites fields in this friendly, did they use any Europe-based players or was it just comprised of players from the A-league?

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