22 members of Reggae Girlz squad announced for Women's World Cup
Reggae Girlz midfielder Mario Sweatman dribbles away from two Panama defenders during their international friendly match at the National Stadium on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Sweatman is one of 16 players from the squad selected for the game against Panama who will travel to the World Cup in France.
Jamaica’s head coach, the USA-based Hue Menzies has named 22 of the 23 players for the women's World Cup in France from June 7 to July 7, 2019.
Led by the 2018 Guardian Footballer of the Year, striker Khadijah Shaw, the squad contained no major surprises.
Menzies, who is still waiting for FIFA clearance for 26-year-old Havana Marguerite Solaun, who plays as a midfielder for Norwegian club Klepp IL, has until May 24 to submit to FIFA his 23-member squad.
The 22-member squad was released three days after the Reggae Girlz defeated Panama 3-1 in an international friendly match at the National Stadium, in Kingston, a match that served as a farewell for the Jamaicans before the women’s World Cup.
Panama was also the team the Reggae Girlz defeated in a penalty shoot-out to qualify for France.
The squad includes 16 players who were in the 20-member team for the Concacaf Women's Championships in the USA, which acts as the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Those players are goalkeeper Sydney Schnieder from UNC Wilmington, Konya Plymmer (University of Memphis), Marlo Sweatman (St. Mihalt), Khadijah Shaw (University of Tennessee), Deneisha Blackwood (West Florida University), Dominique Bond-Flasza (PSV Eindhoven), Allyson Swaby (AS Roma), Trudi Carter (AS Roma), Chantelle Swaby (Rutgers University), Ashleigh Shim (Unattached), Sashana Campbell (Maccabi Khrishronot Hadera), Nicole McClure (Sion Swifts LFC), Roriana Patterson (ASD Pink Sport Time), Chinyelu Asher, Lauren Silver and Jody Brown.
The remaining members of the 22-member squad released are:- Chanel Hudson-Mark (University of Memphis), Yazmeen Jameison (Papakura City FC), Kyla McCoy, Chenya Matthews, Tiffany Cameron and Olufolsade Adamolekun (United Soccer Alliance).
Missing out from the squad that took part in the World Cup qualifiers are Christina Chung, Giselle Washington, Shanise Foster, and Jadyn Matthews.
“The JFF is extremely proud of the achievement of the Girlz who are a true representation of what makes us Jamaicans. We are also proud of the coaching and other supporting staff who together make a fantastic unit,” President Michael Ricketts said in response to the naming of the squad.
“Based on the makeup, capabilities and ambassadorial spirit of the players and staff, the Federation is absolutely confident that the country will be represented with pride. We must also point out that none of this would have happened without the commitment and sacrifice of those Girlz who battled for us in the qualifiers but will not be a part of the group for France, we express sincere thanks to those Girlz also” Ricketts added.
Jamaica is in Group C of the Women’s World Cup with Brazil, Australia, and Italy.
The Reggae Girlz will begin their World Cup campaign on June 9 against 2007 Women's World Cup runners-up Brazil at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
The Reggae Girlz will return to action on June 14 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims where they will square off against Italy.
The Jamaicans will then round out their group stage action four days later on June 18 against Australia once again at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
Jamaica's Reggae Girlz created history on October 17, 2018 in the United States by becoming the first Caribbean team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup.
The Reggae Girlz achieved the feat by defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties in their third-place playoff match at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship at the Toyota Stadium in Texas.
The historic qualification to the 2019 FIFA World Cup follows the success of the men’s squad, which participated in the World Cup for the first time in France 1998.