Depth will be key against USA – Hall

July 23, 2021
United States midfielder Gianluca Busio (left) battling Martinique’s midfielder Stephane Abaul during a Group B Gold Cup match on July 15.
United States midfielder Gianluca Busio (left) battling Martinique’s midfielder Stephane Abaul during a Group B Gold Cup match on July 15.
Reggae Boyz  forward Bobby Reid (front) should return to the team for the clash against the United States.
Reggae Boyz forward Bobby Reid (front) should return to the team for the clash against the United States.
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National senior men's assistant coach Paul Hall says that their strength in depth will be the difference as they prepare to face the United States in their 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup quarter-final match on Sunday at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kick-off is at 8:30 p.m. Jamaica time.

The Reggae Boyz hope to advance to the semi-finals for the fourth straight tournament and third under head coach Theodore Whitmore. They will be playing a USA team that still finished top of Group B with three straight wins although they have been without some key players.

Jamaica finished as group runners-up with two wins and a defeat. Additionally, they were without the services of Fulham striker Bobby Reid due to medical issues that kept him from training and their final group game against Costa Rica on Tuesday. Hall welcomed Reid back into the fold in yesterday's training session at the University of Dallas but says that Tuesday's game showed the quality that the team has.

We have strength in depth

"The other day (against Costa Rica) what you saw is that we have strength in depth and you have a group of players who really want to play. That is a headache but it's a very good headache to have," Hall said.

Whitmore said after the game he was pleased with the performance against Costa Rica despite the 1-0 defeat where the Boyz pressured their backline the entire game. Hall said Reid's return adds a different dynamic to the attack but is pleased that there are other players pushing for starting spots and are ready contribute when called upon.

"I think these players are hungry and people like Bobby can come in even though he's got a couple of young boys that are knocking on his door saying we are here too and we can play," Hall said. "Bobby is a fantastic player. He's probably scored the goal of the tournament already. However, we need to have replacements, people that are pushing him and pushing everybody else in their respective positions as well."

Jamaica's last Gold Cup game against the United States was in the 2017 final where the Reggae Boyz lost 2-1.

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