Friday 23 August, 2019

Goalkeeper Andre Blake returns to Reggae Boyz squad

Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake, center, walks off the field after being injured during the first half of the Gold Cup final against the United States in Santa Clara, Calif., on July 26.

Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake, center, walks off the field after being injured during the first half of the Gold Cup final against the United States in Santa Clara, Calif., on July 26.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake has returned to Jamaica's senior football squad from injury ahead of the Reggae Boyz' departure for an international friendly match against Canada on Saturday at the BMO Field in Toronto.

The 26-year-old Blake was a standout in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. He notched six saves in a last-minute win over Mexico in the quarterfinals and stopped 13 shots in the group stage. He was the backbone of his team, allowing only two goals in the tournament, and his athletic performances in goal cemented the Golden Gloves award.

Blake suffered a laceration to his right hand  in the Gold Cup final against hosts USA on July 26.

He was unable to return to the field in the 2-1 loss to the United States in Santa Clara, Calif.  The laceration required seven stitches.

Blake was hurt in the 18th minute when he made a diving save to block a shot from Jozy Altidore, then sprang forward to punch away a second shot from Kellyn Acosta. The keeper waited until the ball was cleared to crouch down in the goalmouth, clutching his hand.

He replaces Shaven Paul from the previously released 20-man squad.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 6:00 pm Jamaica time.

Jamaica last played Canada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on July 20 when goals from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams led the Reggae Boyz to a 2-1 win and a place in the semi-finals.

The Reggae Boyz are scheduled to depart for Canada on Thursday.

JAMAICA'S SQUAD:

Ewan Grandison
Jamiel Hardware
Shamar Nicholson
Romario Williams
Michael Binns
Je-Vaughn Watson
Vishinul Harris
Ricardo Morris
Marvin Morgan
Kemar Lawrence
Jermaine Taylor
Oneil Fisher
Ladale Richie
Damion Lowe
Alvas Powell
Dane Kelly
Devon Williams
Shaun Francis
Dwayne Miller
 

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