PHILLIPS, REGGAE BOYZ DEFENDER, TO JOIN REAL SALT LAKE—12/27/14
Demar Phillips, a defender with the Reggae Boyz, is ready to join Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer. Phillips, 31, will end his five years of play with the Norwegian team Aalesunds FK, where, in 2009 and 2011, he won the Norwegian Football Cup. His contract with the Norwegian club expires at the end of the seas.
CAMPBELL-BROWN COMES BACK WITH EXCELLENCE—12/31/14
Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaica’s champion sprinter, had some difficulties relating to doping charges in 2014, but came back to win two gold medals at the IAAF Continental Cup in Morocco as a representative of the Americas. He finished the 2014 season by being named for the RJR Sports Foundation national Sportswoman of the Year award.
REYNOLDS SAYS SUNSHINE GIRLS ARE “FEARLESS”—01/01/15
Minneth Reynolds, the head coach of Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls, says that it will take some effort from the team to win over England, the team members are “fearless” about the three-Test series. The opening match is scheduled for January 10, 2015, with the second game on the next day and the third game on January 13. Reynolds said the team has “nothing to fear” as it is very experienced and is ready for a good test.
BURRELL PRAISES CLUBS FOR FIELD IMPROVEMENT EFFORTS—01/02/15
Captain Horace Burrell, the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), has praised the efforts of local clubs in trying to improve the quality of their playing pitches. The improvements are basic to the development of the game at the local level, and ultimately, to Jamaica’s performance internationally. Poor playing fields have hampered the sport, according to Burrell. He attributed the poor state of the pitches to a lack of money for the sport in Jamaica.