Jamaica has been blessed for producing such high quality keepers over a period of the last 15 years. Some names that Spring to mind are Warren “ Boopie” Barrett and Aaron “ Wild Boy “ Lawrence. These 2 players played instrumental roles for Jamaica in the late 1990’s leading into the 1998 World Cup.
Since then another member of that 1998 Team has been between the sticks for Jamaica for a majority of the last 14 years and that is 35 year old Donovan Ricketts. “ Tall P” as he is affectionately called has 91 appearances for Jamaica and the 6 foot 5 inch keeper will be looking to capitalize on that and reach the 100 caps club and more importantly help Jamaica to reach another World Cup.
However there will be stiff competition for Ricketts to keep his number 1 spot because his understudy Dwayne “ Tarzan” Miller has been growing from strength to strength and is experiencing a purple patch of form for both club and country. The 6 foot 3 inch, 25 year old Goalkeeper plays for Syrianaska FC in the Swedish Premier League. Miller has played 30 times for Jamaica and in the process, he has 16 clean sheets for Jamaica. This is a very promising and outstanding record going forward for Jamaica. Miller is very agile, composed and communicates well with his defense.
Goal keeper Donovan Ricketts since moving to MLS in 2009 has been in and out of the team with injury and this has lead keeper Miller to step up to the plate and show his worth and so far it has paid dividends for Jamaica. Miller was part of the Jamaica team that won the Digicel Caribbean Cup in 2008 and 2010 and also he was part of the Jamaica team which came 2nd in the Pan American Games in 2007.
With Ricketts not his sharpest due to injury Miller could really give Coach Whitmore and Montesso something to think about for the game vs United States. Miller is hungry for Action and he is ready to help his country get the 3 points required.
A Changing of the Guard perhaps ? Time will tell
a Changing of the Guard?....perhaps
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