Reggae Boyz, Los Ticos Battle for Group Honors 

By L Bronson

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(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)AP

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz and Costa Rica are expected to make a number of changes to their starting teams as they battle for Group C honors at the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup today.

Match time is slated for 7:00 pm at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Both teams have already advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition with the group winners facing Canada and the runners-up taking on the USA.

Following this top-of-the-table clash, Panama, and Grenada from Group D take to the field at 9:00 pm.

Yellow card cautions plus rotation policies are the main reasons behind both Jamaica and Costa Rica ringing in the changes for today’s match, with reports suggesting that the Reggae Boyz could make up to seven changes.

Defender Adrian Mariappa, Oniel Fisher, and Kemar Lawrence are expected to take the field at the start, along with Devon Williams and Tyreek Magee in midfield with Andre Gray and Junior Flemmings in the attack.

“We have to take a number of things into consideration, [and one of them] is that we have players here on cards,” head coach Theodore Whitmore told the media on Monday.

The players on yellow card caution run the risk of being suspended for the quarter-final knockout round should they receive another booking in today’s contest.

“But I am confident that they [new starters] will give 110 percent [as] they know what we need and what we are looking for,” Whitmore added.

Jamaica booked their ticket to the quarters after blanking Suriname 2-0 in their opening game, then coming from behind to edge Guadeloupe 2-1 in the last match on Friday.

Buts Costa Rica leads the group on goal difference after beating Guadeloupe 3-1 and overtaking Suriname 2-1.

A drawn result today sees them advancing as group winners.

 

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