Five Things You Should Know: Jamaica


Following a 3-0 win over Haiti to open Pool A action at the 2022 Concacaf W Championship, the US Women’s National Team returns to action on Thursday, July 7, taking on Jamaica at Concacaf Stadium. BBVA in the second game of the group stage. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 pm local / 7 pm ET with broadcast coverage available on Paramount+ and the ViX app.

The Reggae Girlz, who last cycle became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup, defeated host Mexico, 1-0, on Monday night in their first match of the Concacaf W Championship. , which now serves as the region’s qualifying tournament. for both the 2023 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics.

With both nations looking to continue their winning ways and secure an all-important position in the group standings, get ready for Thursday’s match with Five Things You Need to Know About Jamaica.



Jamaica opened the Concacaf W Championship with a 1-0 win over Mexico on Monday night at Estadio Universitario. The Reggae Girlz took the lead in the eighth minute with a header from star forward Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, who beat her defender inside the six-yard box and redirected Deneisha Blackwood’s serve into the right post.

Mexico had a chance to equalize just eight minutes later, but forward Diana Ordóñez’s header bounced off the post and was back in the game. Jamaica had the opportunity to double their lead in the 35the A minute later a penalty kick was awarded after the VAR confirmed a handball by Mexico in the penalty area, but Jamaica’s Havana Solaun’s attempt went wide. Both Ordóñez and Solaun, who scored Mexico’s first and only World Cup goal, played internationally at the youth level for the United States.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Mexico pushed for an equalizer for the final 45 minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net as Jamaica held on for its first win over Mexico in a Concacaf qualifying match.

Blackwood and Rebecca Spencer, the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper who played a good game to win the shutout, received yellow cards in the match and will carry those bookings into Thursday’s match with the USA. Under competition rules, two yellow cards received by a player in different games will result in a one-game suspension for the next game. Individual yellow cards will be reset after the conclusion of the group stage.


Twelve of the 23 players on Jamaica’s roster for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship were on the 2019 squad that represented Jamaica at its inaugural World Cup in 2019. Highlighting that group is Solaun, who scored Jamaica’s goal in the phase Reggae Girlz’s 4-1 group defeat to Australia and Shaw, team captain and dynamic striker who now plays her club football for Manchester City in the FA Women’s Super League.


Goalkeepers (3):
1-Sydney Schneider (Kansas City Current, USA), 13-Rebecca Spencer (Tottenham Hotspur FC, ENG), 23-Yazmeen Jamieson (No Attachment)

Defenders (5):
2-Satara Murray (Racing Louisville FC, USA), 3-Vyan Sampson (Charlton Athletic, ENG), 4-Chantelle Swaby (Rangers FC, SCO), 12-Jayda Pelaia (Arizona State, USA) , 17-Allyson Swaby ( Angel City FC, USA)

Midfielders (10):
5-Jade Bailey (Liverpool FC, ENG), 6-Havana Solaun Nelson (North Carolina Courage, USA), 7-Chinyelu Asher (Aik Fotboll, SWE), 9-Drew Spence (No Team), 11 -Khadija Shaw (Manchester City) FC, ENG), 14-Deneisha Blackwood (No Attachment), 15-Kalyssa Vanzanten (University of Notre Dame, USA), 16-Paige Bailey-Gayle (No Attachment), 18- Trudi Carter (FC Gintra, LTU), 20-Atlanta Primus (London City Lions, ING)

Forwards (5):
8-Kayla McCoy (Rangers FC, SCO), 10-Jody Brown (Florida State University, USA), 19-Tiernny Wiltshire (No Team), 21-Olufolasade Adamolekun (University of Southern California, USA .) 22-Mireya Gray (Without team)


Thursday’s match in Monterrey will be the fifth all-time meeting between the US and Jamaica and the fourth in a Concacaf qualifying match. The US has won each of the previous four meetings between the teams by shutout, the most recent of which came on June 13, 2021, during the WNT Summer Series friendlies. That game resulted in a 4-0 victory for the USA in Houston, Texas, thanks to first-half goals from Carli Lloyd, Lindsey Horan and Midge Purce. Alex Morgan added an insurance account in second half stoppage time for what was his 110the race goal.

The most recent Concacaf Qualifying clash came during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign when the United States defeated Jamaica, 6-0, on October 14, 2018 in Frisco, Texas. The victory, which came in the semifinal round of the tournament, qualified the Americans for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Morgan and Tobin Heath scored braces in the win, and Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe also found the back of the net in the win over the Reggae Girlz.

Jamaica and the US also met in World Cup Qualifying in 1994, a 10-0 victory for the Americans in Montreal, Canada, and in Olympic Qualifying in 2008, a US victory by 6-0 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.


While Jamaica hasn’t been a particularly common foe for the US, many members of this Jamaican roster will be familiar to US players and fans alike. Four players, Solaun (North Carolina Courage), goaltender Sydney Schneider (Kansas City Current), and defenders Satara Murray (Racing Louisville FC) and Allyson Swaby (Angel City FC), are active in the NWSL, while four other players are this Jamaican roster – defender Jayda Pelaia (Arizona State), midfielder Kalyssa Vanzanten (Notre Dame) and forwards Jody Brown (Florida State) and Olufolasade Adamolekun (Southern California) – compete collegiately in the United States. Solaun also represented the US at the 2010 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship and is a teammate of US goalkeeper Casey Murphy with the North Carolina Courage.

Jamaica’s recently appointed head coach Lorne Donaldson is also a very familiar figure in American soccer. Donaldson, who was born in Jamaica and played for the Jamaican Men’s National Team, is the Executive Director of Training for Real Colorado, where he coached current USWNT forwards Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith during their youth club careers. A longtime fixture on the Colorado soccer scene, Donaldson’s first game as head coach of the Reggae Girlz was the July 4 win over Mexico.


Jamaica’s victory over Mexico to kick off the 2022 Concacaf W Championship adds to the momentum of a historic 2018 qualifying campaign for the Reggae Girlz. In that tournament, Jamaica finished second in Group B, recovering from an opening 2-0 loss to Canada to defeat Cuba, 9-0, and then beating Costa Rica, 1-0, to advance out of the group. After falling to the top-ranked USA in the semifinal, Jamaica faced Panama in the third-place match with a spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s Cup on the line. Tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra time, the Reggae Girlz prevailed on penalties, 4-2, to become the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the Women’s World Cup. At France 2019, Jamaica competed in Group C against Brazil (3-0 loss), Italy (5-0 loss) and Australia (4-1 loss).

With their sights set on returning to the World Cup in 2023, the Reggae Girlz completed an undefeated campaign during the Concacaf W Qualifiers to win Group C. Jamaica won all four of its matches against Bermuda (4-0 on February 17). Grenada (6-1 win on February 20), Cayman Islands (9-0 win on April 9), and Dominican Republic (5-1 win on April 12) to advance to the eight-team championship round . Shaw led Jamaica with nine goals in qualifying, while Brown and Jodi Carter each scored five goals.