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Phillips heads Jamaica training camp roster


Demar Phillips highlights a roster that includes 13 foreign-based performers. The midfielder, 29, plays for Aalesund in Norway and has netted 11 goals in 53 international appearances. His last strike came in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Guatemala last June.

Toronto FC forward Ryan Johnson, who has six career CONCACAF Champions League goals to his credit, is expected to lead the offensive charge. The 27-year-old has 25 caps and scored eight international goals.

An intriguing addition to squad came in the form of 18-year-old Alvas Powell. The Portmore United defender is considered by many to be a rising star and played in two of Jamaica’s three games at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Jamaica has won five Caribbean titles, including the last two. It will begin its title defense on December 8 against French Guyana, before concluding Group B play with games against Martinique (Dec. 10) and Cuba (Dec. 11).

The top four teams in the Caribbean Cup qualify for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Reggae Boyz have qualified for eight of the 11 all-time CONCACAF tournaments.


GOALKEEPERS: Jacomeno Barrett (Montego Bay United), Dwayne Kerr (unattached), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden)

DEFENDERS: Lovel Palmer (Portland Timbers/United States), Alvas Powell (Portmore United), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo/United States), Shavar Thomas (Montreal Impact/Canada), Xavian Virgo (Boys Town), Dicoy Williams (Toronto FC/Canada)

MIDFIELDERS: Andrae Campbell (Notodden/Norway), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United), Jermaine Hue (Harbour View), Andre Lewis (Portmore United), Jason Morrison (Aalesund/Norway), Lamar Nelson (Arnett Gardens), Demar Phillips (Aalesund/Norway), Rohan Reid (Arnett Gardens), Joel Senior (Harbour View), Tramaine Stewart (Aalesund/Norway), Je-Vaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo/United States)

FORWARDS: Jermaine Anderson (Waterhouse), Omar Cummings (Colorado Rapids/United States), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps/Canada), Ryan Johnson (Toronto FC/Canada)

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