CONCACAF hopes expanded Gold Cup will develop regional football

By George Davis, Lance Whittaker& Mariah Ramharack April 23, 2019

Jamaica will be the first country to host a Gold Cup match outside of  North America in the upcoming tournament.  CONCACAF Chief Football Officer Manuel Zubiria explains the idea behind a bigger, wider tournament.

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    Former Manchester United youth standout Ravel Morrison has been named in a 40-man provisional Jamaica national team squad for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

    Once considered one of England’s brightest prospects, the 26-year-old Morrison now plies his trade for Swedish club Östersund after stints in Italy and Mexico.  The player, who is of Jamaican heritage, has been on the radar of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) for quite some time but is yet to make an appearance for the national team.

    The player has been invited to appear for the team on prior occasions but has been hampered by various issues.  Morrison has, however, recently received his Jamaican passport and previously travelled to the island for the Reggae Boyz' game against Antigua and Barbuda in March last year.

    The roster of 40 will also include the likes of Daniel Johnson of English Championship club Preston North End, Adrian Mariappa of beaten FA Cup finalist Watford and Michael Hector (Sheffield Wednesday).  Former national U-20 player Rashawn Dally of FC Cincinnati in the MLS and defender Jordan Scarlett of the New York Red Bulls USL team are a group of US-based players which also includes Jamoi Topey (Bethlehem Steel), Darren Mattocks & Alvas Powell (FC Cincinnati), Damion Lowe (IK Start), Dever Orgill (MKE Ankaragücü) and Peter-Lee Vassell (LAFC).  Bayer Munich standout Leon Bailey is also expected to accept an invitation to join the team.

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