FRANCE 2019: Mireya Grey replaces injured McCoy in Reggae Girlz squad
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has confirmed that Mireya Grey will replace injured forward Kayla McCoy in Jamaica's official 23-member squad for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France, which begins on Friday.
The 20-year-old Grey, a junior at the University of Washington, played in Jamaica’s 3-1 win against Panama on May 19 at the National Stadium in Kingston. She is expected to join the team in France on Friday.
Standing at five-foot-three, the diminutive Grey has played 29 games and scored eight goals over two seasons for the University of Washington and is expected to bring a well-developed set of skills to the national squad.
“Mireya is an excellent replacement for Kayla. We believe it’s a like-for-like swap. She is good player, has a lot of pace, very tricky, very skillful, has ball-dribbling skills and we believe that she is somebody who can come in and assist the team in our World Cup campaign,” said Assistant Coach Andrew Price.
“A lot of players are elated that she is able to join the squad so we will have a full-strength squad. Kayla remains with the team because we thought it best that she remains with the team and be a part of the whole team effort and we need everybody to play their part so Kayla will stay with the team and we welcome Mireya.”
McCoy a high-scoring forward for Duke University, was drafted by the Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League in February. She suffered a partially torn ACL tendon while playing for the Reggae Girlz in their final warm-up match against Scotland on May 28.
Jamaica lost the match 3-2 in what was their first loss in six matches since they qualified for the World Cup in October 2018 after defeating Panama 4-2 on penalties.
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup will run from June 7 to July 7 and will be the eighth edition.
Jamaica's Reggae Girlz will open their debut campaign on June 9 against a tough Brazillian side, which is ranked number 10 in the world, at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble.
Things will not get any easier for the 53rd ranked Girlz when they face the Italians, ranked at number 15 at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims on June 14, before wrapping up their first round Group C fixtures against Australia, which is ranked number six in the world, once again at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, on June 18.