Thursday 2 April, 2020

Havana Solaun completes Reggae Girlz squad for Women's World Cup

Havana Solaun, who plays as a midfielder for Norwegian club Klepp IL.

Havana Solaun, who plays as a midfielder for Norwegian club Klepp IL.

Havana Solaun, who plays as a midfielder for Norwegian club Klepp IL, has received clearance from FIFA, the international governing body for football, to join Jamaica's Player Roster for the Women's World Cup in France.

This means that Jamaica’s head coach, the USA-based Hue Menzies, has now completed his 23-member squad for the World Cup from June 7 to July 7.

Menzies had named 22 players on Wednesday pending FIFA clearance for Solaun, who was among a pool of 32 players selected in January, three months after the Reggae Girlz historic feat of becoming the first Caribbean team to qualify for the Women's World Cup.

Solaun's confirmation came from the Jamaica Football Federation on Thursday, just a day before the deadline to submit to FIFA the 23-member squad.

The former USA Under 23 player was not among the 20-member Reggae Girlz squad that competed at the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championships in the USA, the qualifying tournament for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Reggae Girlz defeated Panama  4-2 on penalties at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship at the Toyota Stadium in Texas on October 17  to finish third and became the first Caribbean team to reach the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Sixteen players from that squad will be on the plane to France, meaning that  Christina Chung, Giselle Washington, Shanise Foster, and Jadyn Matthews have missed out.

Those players who were among that squad that qualified the Reggae Girlz to the World Cup 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 23-member squad are  Chanel Hudson-Mark (University of Memphis), Yazmeen Jameison (Papakura City FC), Kyla McCoy, Chenya Matthews, Tiffany Cameron and Olufolsade Adamolekun (United Soccer Alliance).

The number 53-ranked Jamaica is in Group C of the Women’s World Cup with 10th ranked Brazil, sixth-ranked Australia, and Italy, ranked at 15th.

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.


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