2021 Concacaf Gold Cup quarter-final: USA vs Jamaica – Match history and preview
Whitmore, 48, played for Seba United for three terms in Jamaica and several other clubs on the island. He also saw the weather with Hull City and Tranmere Rovers in England.
After retiring in 2006, Whitmore guided Seba United before taking the helm of the national team four times. He has been named head coach twice and interim coach twice. Whitmore led Jamaica to the 2017 Gold Cup final and the 2019 semi-finals. In 2018, he signed a four-year contract to coach the team.
Ahead of the Gold Cup, Jamaica were winless in three matches (0-2-1) this year. They lost 4-1 to the United States in a friendly match in Wiener Neustadt, Austria on March 25, followed by a 1-1 draw with Serbia on June 7 and a 4- loss. 0 against the Japanese Under-23 team in Tokyo on June 12.
The Jamaicans started the Gold Cup on a winning note, recording wins in their first two Group C games before ending with a 2-1-0 mark.
Shamar Nicholson and Bobby Decordova-Reid scored in the opening 26 minutes to propel the Caribbean team to a 2-0 victory over Suriname in Orlando, Fla. On July 12.
Second-half substitute Junior Flemmings scored in the 87th minute to give Jamaica a 2-1 win over Guadeloupe in Orlando, Fla. On July 16. Cory Burke put the winners ahead in the 14th minute.
In a game that was delayed by more than two hours due to bad weather, Jamaica suffered a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica in the final group game on July 20. The 53rd minute header from Costa Rican captain Bryan Ruiz decided things. The Reggae Boyz played the final 18 minutes and stoppage time with a male advantage after Ticos goalkeeper Leonel Moreira received a red card in the 72nd minute but couldn’t find the equalizer.
LIST OF JAMAICA
The Reggae Boyz roster is dominated by 13 players who compete abroad, mostly with English teams (eight). Five players play for Major League Soccer clubs and three others play for USL Championship teams.
England-based players include goalkeeper Dillon Barnes (Queens Park Rangers), defenders Michael Hector (Fulham), Amari’i Bell (Luton Town), Liam Moore (Reading), Adrian Mariappa (Bristol City), midfielder Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) and forwards Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham) and Andre Gray (Watford).
Other overseas-based players include defender Damion Lowe (Al-Ittihad, Egypt), midfielders Blair Turgott (Östersund, Sweden) and Tyreek Magee (Eupen, Belgium) and forwards Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany ) and Shamar Nicholson (Charleroi, Belgium).
The Philadelphia Union are the most represented club team with three players – goaltender Andre Blake, defenseman Alvas Powell and forward Cory Blake. Miami FC in the USL Championship has two players – midfielders Devon Williams and Lamar Walker, as well as Charleroi (Belgium). In addition to the Union, Jamaica also has players from LA Galaxy (defender Oniel Fisher) and Toronto FC (defender Kemar Lawrence). Junior forward Flemming plays for the Birmingham Legion (USL Championship).
Alternate goalkeeper Dennis Taylor is the only nationally based player to play for Humble Lions FC in the Jamaican National Premier League.