Posted on October 4, 2012
The Jamaican Football Federation won’t be naming its World Cup qualifying team for the final phase of games until Friday, but one player is known to be on the squad — Colorado Rapids striker Omar Cummings.
Cummings was called up to the team for CONCACAF Group A semifinal matches against at Guatemala on Oct. 12 and at home vs. Antigua and Barbuda four days later.
The 30-year-old Cummings will join his national team next week for the matches and will return to the Rapids ahead of the Oct. 20 encounter at Chivas USA.
Cummings has made 31 appearances for his country, including the Reggae Boyz’ most recent matches against the United States in WCQ. He came on as a 90th-minute substitute for Ryan Johnson in Jamaica’s 2-1 home win over the Americans on Sept. 7, and started the match and played 75 minutes in a 1-0 loss on Sept. 11.
For the Rapids, Cummings has scored six goals and added one assist in 25 games this Major League soccer season.
The Jamaicans are tied with the U.S. and Guatemala as each team has a 2-1-1 record. The Reggae Boyz defeated Guatemala at home, 2-1, on June 8 and played to a scoreless draw at Antigua and Barbuda on June 12. The top two teams from Group A will advance to next year’s hexagonal.
The Rapids face the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Photo: Omar Cummings has made 30 appearances for the Reggae Boyz. Photo courtesy of MLS
Categories: Caribbean, Jamaica, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Colorado Rapids, CONCACAF, Omar Cummings, Reggae Boyz, San Jose Earthquakes, World Cup quaifying