Golden Jaguars name 23-man squad for Grenada showdown on June 17

GFF President Wayne Forde interacting with players in Jamaica

The Gold Cup Prelims are being held between June 16 – 20 in Florida with twelve participating teams.

The Spice Boys qualified for the preliminaries after they finished winless against the United States of America and El Salvador in Group D of League A.

On the other hand, the Golden Jaguars finished second to Haiti in Group B of League B.

Grenada enters this contest coming off a 1-7 defeat at home by the United States, while Guyana had a scoreless draw against Montserrat to end their Nations League campaign.

The Spice Boys defeated Golden Jaguars 1-0 when they last clashed in 2017 at the Grenada National Stadium in an International Friendly, while Guyana hosted and won 2-0 in 2015.

According to FIFA rankings, as of June 12, Grenada is five places behind Guyana, which is at 170, while in CONCACAF rankings, also of June 12, they are at 25 compared to Guyana at 18.

Should Guyana defeat Grenada, they will play the winner of Guadalupe vs Trinidad and Tobago on June 20 for a spot in the group stage (Round-of-16).

The majority of the camp has been in training since May 26

Success would put them in the main Group D draw alongside Canada, Guatemala, and Cuba.

In 2019, Guyana created history by qualifying for the group stage of the Gold Cup for the first time since the competition started in 1991, while in 2021, they lost 0-4 to Guadalupe in the preliminaries.

Golden Jaguars 23-man Squad:

Defenders: Samuel Cox, Kadel Daniel, Jeremy Garrett, Liam Gordon, Jonathan Grant, Jalen Jones, Curtez Kellman, Leo Lovell and Marcus Simmons.

Forwards: Kelsey Benjamin, Trayon Bobb, Stephen Duke-Mckenna, Omari Glasgow, Callum Harriott, Tre Mitford, Deon Moore, Emery Welshman

Goalkeepers: Akel Clarke, Kai McKenzie-Lyle and Renell Mckenzie-Lyle

Midfielders: Elliot Bonds, NeilDanns and Daniel Wilson