The Reggae Boyz of Jamaica will take on La Roja of Chile in a Friendly International in Vina del Mar on Friday May 27th at the Estadio Sausalito in Chile. This is the second time that both teams are facing each other as Jamaica played Chile in June 2007 at the National Stadium where Chile recorded a 1-0 win. Chile has good international pedigree as they finished third in the 1962 FIFA World Cup. In addition, Chile is ranked number three in the world while Jamaica is ranked fifty-five.
Chile is now the Copa America Champions after beating Argentina in the 2015 final 4-1 on penalty kicks.
Like Jamaica, Chile is preparing for the Copa Centenario tournament and Jamaica is the last dress rehearsal before they play Argentina, Bolivia and Panama in the tournament in June.
Some strengths of this Chile team include their ability to score goals. In their last 16 matches since March 2015, they have scored 29 goals.
Jamaica will be looking to flex muscles as well before they take on Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay in the Copa America tournament in June. Jamaica will be the first Caribbean country to participate in two Copa America tournaments having played in 2015.
Adrian Mariappa is closing in on forty appearances for Jamaica and he will be looking to carry on his expeditious performances at the heart of the defense for the Reggae Boyz. Mariappa received an F.A. Cup (Runners up) medal in the 2-1 loss to Manchester United over the weekend where he played in the second half and in extra time for his club (Crystal Palace)
With the injury to Darren Mattocks, all eyes will be on Giles Barnes to find the ball in the back of the net alongside Dever Orgill, Simon Dawkins, Clayton Donaldson and Allan Ottey.
This may only be a friendly, but it is a crucial one in helping Coach Winfried Schaefer in selecting his best eleven players for the Copa America tournament as he also looks forward to the critical World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Haiti in September.