Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake has been officially added to the Jamaican Men's National Team roster. The 25 year old is the presumptive starter for the Reggae Boyz going into the Copa America Centenario tournament, who are in Group C with Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Our 23 man squad for the upcoming Copa Centenario.....— Official J.F.F (@ItsTheJFF) May 20, 2016
Andre Blake Philadelphia Union Goalkeeper
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Also named by Jamaican head coach Winifried Schäfer to the team were goalkeepers DuWayne Kerr of Iceland's Stjarnen and Ryan Thompson of USL's FC Saint Louis, as well as fellow MLSers Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution), Simon Dawkins (San Jose Earthquakes), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls), and Jermaine Taylor (Portland Timbers).
Other notable players named to the squad were Westley Morgan of Leicester City, Joel McAnuff of Leyton Orient, Rodolph Austin of Brøndby IF, and Adrian Mariappa of Crystal Palace.
Jamaica will face off against Venezuela on June 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago, then will take on Mexico in a 2015 Gold Cup Final rematch on June 9 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, before facing off against Uruguay on June 13 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Should they advance, they'll either face the Group D (Argentina, Chile, Panama, and Bolivia) winner in Foxboro, Massachusetts or the Group D runner up at Levi's Stadium. The tournament will hold the final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 26.
Luckily for the Union, Blake is only slated to miss the match against Columbus Crew SC on June 1; however, if Jamaica goes deep into the tournament Blake could potentially miss matches on June 18 against New York City FC, June 22 against the Chicago Fire, and June 25 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Blake will definitely be back for the July 2 match against the Houston Dynamo.