McCarthy replaces injured Fisher in Reggae Boyz squad

Sport Editor

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

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NEW JERSEY, United States — Fabion McCarthy of t he University of West Indies has replaced DC United defender/midfielder Oniel Fisher in Jamaica's 23-man squad, which is scheduled to face Ecuador here in a friendly international on Friday inside Red Bull Arena.

The Jamaicans are also set to face the Cayman Islands in their opening Concacaf Nations League game inside the National Stadium at 7:00 pm on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Fisher, who was acquired from Seattle Sounders earlier this year, was forced out due to injury. He had been with Seattle Sounders since making his professional debut in 2015.

The former St George's College Manning Cupper was a regular member of the Reggae Boyz team which advanced to the final of last year's Concacaf Gold Cup final, before losing 1-2 to hosts the United States of America.

McCarthy, 28, is a defensive midfielder who was fielded as an emergency right back on Jamaica's two-game tour of the eastern Caribbean in mid-August.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Observer understands that the much-anticipated debut of Ravel Morrison has been postponed due to personal issues with the player entering the US at the moment.

Morrison, who now plays as an attacking midfielder for Club Atlas in Mexico, on loan from Italy's Serie A side Lazio, started his career with England's Manchester United before joining West Ham United. The former England Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-21 representative also played for Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City.

In the meantime, all but three of the 23 players had arrived at the Reggae Boyz' training base here in New Jersey up to press time yesterday.

In fact, two players — Damion Lowe of Norwegian Eliteserien side IK Start and Kemar Lawrence of New York Red Bull — were expected at the team base last evening, while Owayne Gordon, who plays for San Antonio FC in the United Soccer League, is slated to arrive in camp today.

The local-based players, who arrived here Sunday morning and with those, who joined throughout yesterday, were taken through two recovery sessions at the hotel's pool and gymnasium.

They will take to the pitch at the Red Bull training facility today at 3:00 pm (2:00 pm Jamaica time) for their first full session under the guidance of head coach Theodore Whitmore and his technical staff.

Squad: Ladale Richie, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Amal Knight, Peter-Lee Vassell, Tevin Shaw, Ricardo Thomas, Fabian Reid, Jeadine White, Andre Blake, Fabion McCarthy, Romario Williams, Darren Mattocks, Kevon Lambert, Cory Burke, Adrian Mariappa, Michael Hector, Alvas Powell, Je-Vaughn Watson, Alex Marshall, Damion Lowe, Owayne Gordon, Kemar Lawrence.

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