Posted on October 9, 2012
GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana has unveiled an 18-player roster Thursday for its final two semifinal round CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Guyana (0-3-1, one point), which is in fourth and last place in CONCACAF Group B will “host” Mexico in Houston, Texas on Friday and play at Costa Rica on Tuesday, Oct. 16. This is the furthest the Caribbean team has gone in qualifying. The team is four points behind second-place El Salvador and three behind Costa Rica. A draw or a defeat to Mexico will eliminate Guyana.
Coach Jamaal Shabazz, a Trinidad & Tobagan native, and Guyana’s domestic-based players have been training in Guyana the past two weeks. They departed on Monday for the United States, where they will join up with the foreign-based members of the team.
Defender John “JP” Rodrigues and striker Carl Cort are unavailable due to commitments to their North American Soccer League club Tampa Bay Rowdies. Veteran defender Leon Cort of English Championship side Charlton Athletic will also miss out for similar reasons.
Goalkeeper Derrick Carter, striker Daniel Wilson and U.S.-based wing Brandon Beresford are three new additions to the team.
Midfielder Chris Nurse is the captain.
GOALKEEPERS: Derrick Carter, Richard Reynolds
DEFENDERS: Charles Pollard, Walter Moore, Colin Nelson, Jamaal Smith
MIDFIELDERS: Chris Nurse (captain), Brandon Beresford, Nick Millington, Dwight Peters, Dwain Jacobs, Kester Jacobs, Ricky Shakes, Treyon Bobb
FORWARDS: Gregory Richardson, Vurlon Mills, Anthony Abrams, Shawn Beveney
Photo: Defender Chris Nurse (right) will captain Guyana in its final two WCQ semifinal matches. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Caribbean, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guyana, Mexico, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Carl Cort, Charlton Athletic, Chris Nurse, Jamaal Shabazz, John "JP" Rodrigues, Leon Cort, North American Soccer League, Tampa Bay Rowdies, World Cup qualifing