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Jamaica reveals Copa America roster

(ABOVE) Rodolph Austin (left) and Simon Dawkins (right) were named to Jamaica's roster for the 2015 Copa America in Chile.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Caribbean champion Jamaica will take a 23-man roster to Chile for the Copa America, the Jamaica Football Federation announced Wednesday.

The selection features two players from the English Premier League – defenders Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) and Wes Morgan (Leicester City) – and five from Major League Soccer, including Giles Barnes, who is tied for fourth on the 2015 scoring chart with six goals.

Reading defender Michael Hector and Montego Bay United forward Allan Ottey are new to the squad as the Reggae Boyz compete in the South American championship for the first time. 

Ottey is one of three local-based players called up by head coach Winfried Schafer, joining Waterhouse defender Hughan Gray and Montego Bay strike partner Dino Williams.

Jamaica, which is also slated to play in July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, will open its Copa America campaign against Uruguay (June 13), before closing Group B play against Paraguay (June 16) and Argentina (June 20).

JAMAICA ROSTER
(Copa America: June 11-July 4, 2015, in Chile)

GOALKEEPERS: Duwayne Kerr (Sarpsborg 08/Norway), Dwayne Miller (Syrianska/Sweden), Ryan Thompson (Pittsburgh Riverhounds/USA)

DEFENDERS: Daniel Gordon (Karlsruher SC/Germany), Hughan Gray (Waterhouse), Michael Hector (Reading/England), Kemar Lawrence (New York Red Bulls/USA), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace/England), Wes Morgan (Leicester City/England), Jermaine Taylor (Houston Dynamo/USA)

MIDFIELDERS: Rodolph Austin (Leeds United/England), Joel Grant (Yeovil Town/England), Lance Laing (FC Edmonton/Canada), Jobi McAnuff (Leyton Orient/England), Garath McCleary (Reading/England), Je-Vaughn Watson (FC Dallas/USA) 

FORWARDS: Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo/USA), Deshorn Brown (Valerenga/Norway), Simon Dawkins (Derby County/England), Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps/Canada), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United), Romeo Parkes (Isidro Metapan/El Salvador), Dino Williams (Montego Bay United)

 
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