Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), DuWayne Kerr (Stjarnan), Ryan Thompson (St. Louis FC)

Defenders: Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace), Damano Solomon (Portmore United), Michael Hector (Reading), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), Jermaine Taylor (Portland Timbers), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View FC)

Midfielders: Garath McCleary (Reading), Chevone Marsh (Cavaler Sports Club), Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion FC), Michael Binns (Portmore United), JeVaughn Watson (New England Revolution), Lee Williamson (Blackburn), Rodolph Austin (Brondby)

Attackers: Dever Orgill (IFK Marieham), Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham), Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United), Simon Dawkins (San Jose Earthquakes)

The Skinny: Jamaica may be an easy team to overlook in a very talented Group C, but don’t count them out just yet.

Jamaica has not been in the best form since finishing as runners up of the Gold Cup last year. They have managed only one win in their World Cup qualifying group, and unless they turn it around it looks like they will not be heading to Russia in 2018.

On the other hand, captain and rock-solid centre back Wes Morgan is in the form of his life. The veteran defender was a key contributor to Leicester City’s beyond improbable run in the Premier League that ended with the Foxes lifting the Premier League Title. Morgan was a stout defender and also scored some crucial goals in clutch moments to propel the Foxes ahead from the back.

Between Morgan and goalkeeper Andre Blake, who has been in fine form for the Philadelphia Union, the Reggae Boyz will be a difficult team to break down.

How far they go will largely be dependent on whether or not they can score enough goals, however. Giles Barnes will lead the line for the Jamaicans, but like the team, he hasn’t exactly been on a hot streak as of late.


Giles Barnes will need to break out of his cold streak if Jamaica want to make it out of the group

If Barnes can find the back of the net, Jamaica have the tournament experience and defensive quality to possibly steal a spot in the knockout stage. Mexico seem pretty set to go through, but Uruguay will be without their best player and Venezuela should be beatable for the Jamaicans.

If they make it though to the knockout stage, they will likely either run into Argentina, who would likely end Jamaica’s run, or Chile, who Jamaica beat in a friendly last week. Chile would be considered the favorite in that matchup, but if the Jamaicans did it once they could certainly do it again.

Key Performers: Wes Morgan, Giles Barnes, Andre Blake

Predicted Finish in Group C: Third Place


Can Wes Morgan carry Jamaica to a run as improbable as Leicester City’s?

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