The Reggae Boyz Group B first leg encounter between Jamaica and Mexico will now be played this Saturday in Mexico City instead of at Jamaica’s National Stadium. The game which was originally Jamaica’s home game, was changed after the FIFA Stadiums review Commission determined that the condition of the playing surface at the National Stadium had deteriorated due to tropical storm Gustav.
After the consideration of a number of options, including playing the game at a neutral venue, playing on a non-official FIFA date or reversing the fixture with Jamaica playing Mexico in Mexico City this Saturday and Mexico returning to Jamaica on October 11, it was determined that the latter would be the best option for Jamaica.
In preparation for the Mexico game on Sept. 6 and Honduras Sept. 10, technical director Rene Simoes has called 11 overseas-based players to join the local contingent in training. Included in the call up are Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller and defender Shavar Thomas of US Major League Soccer team Chivas USA. Fuller missed the opening World Cup semi-final fixture against Canada in Toronto on August 20 as he was recovering from a knee injury he received while representing Jamaica in last qualifying round. Thomas, who will help to bolster the defense was last called for the March 26 friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, but sat as a substitute.
The other overseas-based players called are Tyrone Marshall, Andy Williams, Ricardo Gardner, Ian Goodison, Demar Phillips, Luton Shelton, Rudolph Austin, Wolry Wolfe and Deon Burton. The players are scheduled to begin arriving on Sunday through Tuesday and will join the yet to be named local-based players in training.
Jamaica and Canada are on one point each in the four-team Group B, earned from their 1-1 draw in Canada. Mexico leads the group with maximum three points after defeating Honduras 2-1 at the Azteca.
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