( June 3 was the
deadline to submit the final roster.)
The list that Coach René
Simoes presents is made up up of:
Number 1. on his shirt, Waren Barrett, 26 years of age
(Violet Kickers), 13. Aaron Lawrence 27 (Reno), 14.
Donovan Ricketts 20 (Waddadah).
Defenders: 21. Durrent
Brown 32 (Waddadah), 4. Linval Dixon 25 (Hazard), 5. Yan
Goodison 25 (Olympic Gardens), 2. Stephen Malcolm 28
(Seba Utd), 12. Dean Sewell 25 (Constant Spring), 19.
Frank Sinclair 27 (Chelsea, England).
Midfielders: 7. Peter
Cargill 33 (Harbour View), 3. Christopher Dawes 22 (Los
Angeles Galaxy, United States), 16. Robert Earle 32
(Wimbledon, England), 15. Ricardo Gardener 19 (Harbour
View), 20. Darryl Powell 26 (Derby County, England), 6.
Fitzroy Simpson 27 (Portsmouth, England), 11. Theodore
Whitmore 24 (Seba Utd), 9. Andrew Williams 20 (Real
Forwards: 10. Walter
Boyd 25 (Arnett Gardens), 18. Deon Burton 21 (Derby
County, England), 8. Marcus Gayle 28 (Wimbledon,
England), 22. Paul Hall 28 (Portsmouth, England), 17.
Onandy Lowe 25 (Harbour View),
Who did not make it: D
Ricardo Gardner 18, D Gregory Messam 23, D Donald Stewart
21, M Altimont Butler 28, M Cornel Chin-Sue 21, M Stephen
Malcolm 27, M Garth Peterkin 22, F Steve Green 19, F
Wolde Harris 23, F Paul Young 28.
Jamaica soccer coach
Rene Simoes surprised the nation's soccer fans by adding
the wayward striker Walter Boyd to his 22-member World
Boyd had not played
for Jamaica since the beginning of the year, when he was
dropped from the team for failing to attend the nation's
annual Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards in
Boyd issued a public
apology for his behavior on May 19, and asked for another
chance to revive his international soccer career.Simoes
had said two days later that there would be no surprise
selections in the squad. But in announcing his selection
on Tuesday, Simoes described how impressed he had been by
the penitent striker's tearful apology on Sunday in New
The only lingering
question about the rest of the squad was whether injured
defender Linval Dixon would recover in time to make the
trip to France.
Dixon suffered an
injured knee during practice at Jarrett Park in Montego
Bay and missed the Reggae Boyz' last warmup on Sunday
against a team of Caribbean all-stars at Giants Stadium
in New Jersey.
Team officials said
he had recovered well from minor surgery to his injured
knee and was deemed fit to make the trip to
Jamaica is likely to
be the novelty act of the World Cup, just as Cameroon was
in Italy in 1990. It also wants to emulate Cameroon's
performance by reaching the quarterfinals.
At 1,000-1 odds to
win the World Cup, Jamaica is given scant chance of even
making it to the second round. But the underdog tag is
something the "Reggae Boyz" have used to their
Relying on stingy
defense, Jamaica has been anything but pushovers for
soccer giants like Brazil and up-and-comers such as the
United States. In their qualifying campaign, the
Jamaicans amassed an unbeaten home record of 30 matches
over three years.
Coach Rene Simoes, a
Brazilian import, insists his team isn't built around
stars. But the Jamaicans have more than their share of
In Deon Burton, who
plays for Derby County in the English Premier League,
they have a goal-hungry forward with opportunistic
Ricardo Gardener, who scored in a 1-0 upset win over
Colombia last August, could be a sensation in
With a reggae theme
song and even a Jamaican tourism campaign built around
them, the "Reggae Boyz" certainly are colorful.
Offensive-minded they are not, scoring two or more goals
only five times in their 20 qualifying games.
Still, Simoes is
credited with transforming Jamaican soccer and making the
nation capable of becoming the first Caribbean team to
reach the finals since Haiti in 1974.
A youth coach in
Brazil, Simoes became Jamaica's technical director in
late 1994 and courted businesses to get his program off