The Jamaica national team got their summer started off on the right foot, defeating Chilean first division club team Cobreloa FC, 2-0, during a scrimmage. New York Red Bulls left back, Kemar Lawrence, opened up the scoring in the 14th minute, followed by teammate Jobi McAnuff doubling the lead in the second half.
Even though it was only a scrimmage, Jamaica's confidence going into the South American tournament is very high. Head coach Winfried Schaefer tried out some newcomers during the match and was happy with their performances:
"It was important for new players like Hector to play with Wes Morgan and Lance Laing, who I had seen only on the TV, and I think we have two good players more now."
Schaefer is referring to McAnuff's Reading FC teammate, Hector, and Lance Laing from NASL-side, FC Edmonton. It's a bit strange that he decided to bring players he hasn't seen in person onto a Jamaica side who will face historically powerful South American sides Uruguay (on June 13th), Paraguay (on June 16th) and Argentina (on June 20th), but so far they're working out for him (albeit in a no-stakes friendly).
Their first two Copa America matches will be played at Estadio Regional de Antofagasta in Antofagasta. Their game against Argentina will be played at Estadio Sausalito in Viña del Mar.
We'll keep you updated on Kemar's and Jamaica's progress through the tournament.