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02/28/2014
 
Forward Michael Seaton had been selected to play for the Jamaica National Football Team by Winfried Schaefer for  their two upcoming friendlies against Barbados and St. Lucia. "The Reggae Boyz" as the Jamaican national football team is informally known as, will be heading to Barbados for an international friendly on Sunday and wrap up the international friendly window on Wednesday with a match against St. Lucia in the city of Gros Islet.

This is not Seaton's first call-up to the Jamaican national team. He received his first two caps with the senior side back in November in the two-legged set of friendlies against Trinidad and Tobago. He played the first half of the first match and received his first start for Jamaica in the second match, again registering 45 minutes of playing time.

Jamaica is going through a bit of a youth revolution right now. After having bottomed out of the final round of World Cup Qualifying last October, the Jamaican Football Association has put additional effort into bringing in younger players like Seaton.

The only player on the squad being called up for this next set of matches, midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson (Houston Dynamo,) is over the age of 29. 

There is also a very heavy MLS presence on the roster with the likes of forwards Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Deshorn Brown, defender Alvas Powell (Portland Timbers,) and goalkeeper Andre Blake being called up to the squad.
 
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02/26/2014
 

Vancouver Whitecaps put themselves in pole position to lift the Rose City Invitational trophy following a fairly comfortable 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes in Portland on Wednesday evening.

 

Both Vancouver and San Jose had won their opening matches in the tournament on Sunday and both team saw the game as a chance to give some of their fringe players a chance to prove their worth, with many Vancouver players on the bubble and looking for one last chance to impress the Caps' coaching team.

 

Caps coach Carl Robinson sprung a couple of surprises and moved homegrown signing Sam Adekugbe up to the left wing slot from his usual left back role. Centreback draft pick Christian Dean was again given a look at that fullback position.

 

Vancouver had the first chance of the game in the 2nd minute when Johnny Leveron headed down an Adekugbe free kick into the patch of Omar Salgado but he wasn't able to get off much of a shot before being closed down.

 

San Jose responded with a half chance for Adam Jahn, but the Vancouver defense were untroubled.

 

The Earthquakes came closest yet in the 12th minute when Carlyle Mitchell cleared Brandon Barklage's goal bound effort off the line after some sloppy Whitecaps defending by Ethen Sampson.

 

Those chances aside, it was pretty uninspiring fare from both teams for most of the opening stages. Vancouver were enjoying more of the possession and making some runs at the San Jose defense without causing much trouble, but were also guilty of some bad giveaways, particularly from Bryce Alderson and Gershon Koffie.

 

Vancouver opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Adekugbe, who had looked the best Whitecaps player so far, broke up the right wing, shook off the challenge of Shaun Francis and cut the ball back to Miller who buried it from 12 yards out.

 

San Jose nearly restored parity immediately but Paolo Tornaghi came up big in his first start as a Whitecap and pulled off a strong sprawling save from Jahn.

 

The Earthquakes pushed for the equalizer and finished the half the stronger, creating a couple of half chances that they couldn't convert. Atiba Harris had the best of them, firing narrowly past the left hand post in the last minute of the half.

 

San Jose rang a few changes at the half with Vancouver bringing on Residency prospect Marco Bustos for Miller.

 

Vancouver looked the livelier team to open the second half with Omar Salgado looking particularly hungry and having a couple of chances to extend Vancouver's lead.

 

He first fired a Christian Dean cross inches wide in the 52nd minute before forcing a diving save out of David Bingham minutes later.

 

San Jose had a spell of pressure as the hour mark approached but Vancouver soon turned the heat back up with the introduction of the fast paced trio of Darren Mattocks, Erik Hurtado and Kekuta Manneh.

 

The threesome opened up a lot of space in the San Jose defense but the Quakes also introduced their own big hitters in the 72nd minute when Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart came on.

 

The action and entertainment value noticeably increased with the substitutions and San Jose push hard for an equalizer, with Lenhart narrowly missing the target minutes after coming on.

 

As the game entered the last ten minutes the action heated up with Lenhart and Manneh having a couple of good chances to add to the scoring, before the Quakes striker had to leave the game with four minutes remaining following a crunching challenge from Dean.

 

Vancouver sealed the win in the 87th minute when Alderson was brought down in the box and Darren Mattocks stepped up to stroke home the penalty.

 

The win will give Vancouver a further boost after a slow start to the preseason, after looking the better side for most of the game The Whitecaps will close out their tournament with a game on Saturday evening against the hosting Timbers, whilst San Jose round off their trip with a game against Jamaican side Portmore United earlier in the afternoon.


Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer / US Today Sports

 

 
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