Boyz tackle Swiss

Posted by Dresonic on March 22, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida – Technical director Bora Milutinovic said he is pleased with his players’ efforts in yesterday’s one-hour training session at Lockhart Stadium ahead of today’s friendly against Switzerland.
Milutinovic cancelled the evening session, giving the lads some “free time”, but pushed them in a tightly packed morning session which included tactical drills, set pieces, one-touch passing and scrimmaging in one half of the Lockhart Stadium pitch – the venue for this evening’s game at 7:15 pm (6:15 local time).

On Tuesday a team training session was called off due to poor weather conditions, but the sun came out yesterday, paving the way for the morning session.

“I loved the spirit of the players. they have exceeded my expectation. winning the Lunar Cup has done a lot for their confidence,” said the Serb-born coach who has the distinction of guiding USA, Mexico, Nigeria, Costa Rica and China to the World Cup Finals.

Assistant and former head coach, Wendell Downswell, agreed that the “spirited” session was an encouraging sign that speaks volumes to the mental state of the players going up against the 17th-ranked Swiss outfit.

“First and foremost we had a blackboard session where we assessed the Switzerland team and what our tactical approach is going to be. After that we had a tactical training session for about an hour where we also did a bit of fitness work, and the players’ response was good, so we’re looking forward to a good performance from them…,” said the former Jamaica winger.

Milutinovic, aware of the quality within the Swiss ranks, said the aim is to play a tactically sound match.

“We’re going to play a tactical game like we played in Hong Kong. This is not about winning, but more of playing intelligently and understanding the game,” he added.

Downswell, too, holds the Swiss in high esteem, especially with their numerous professionals and impressive run at the World Cup Finals last year.

“Playing against an opponent that is far more formidable that those (Hong Kong II and China Under-23) we played in the Lunar Cup, will be a true test for us to see where we are,” he said yesterday.
It will indeed be a true test. On paper, the match-up resembles a proverbial David and Goliath clash when one looks at the high profile Swiss players of top European clubs and Bora’s “little known” Boyz.
When the first whistle is blown this evening, barring any unforeseen changes, it is expected that Richard McCallum will take duty in goal, guarded by Jermaine Taylor, Christopher Harvey, Oneil Smith, Mario Swaby, skipper Donald Stewart, Nicholy Finlayson, Demar Phillis, Lovel Palmer, Fabian Taylor and Kavin Bryan.
Switzerland will be led by Arsenal’s Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos, Borussia Dortmund’s Philipp Degen and Alexander Frei, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Christophe Spycher and Benjamin Huggel and VfB Stuttgart’s Ludovic Magnin and Marco Streller.

Other members of Jamaica’s 20-man squad are Allien Whittaker, Xavian Virgo, Mario Harrison, Adrian Reid, Fabian Davis, Keneil Moodie, Donovan Davis, Horace Howell and rookie Andre Redwood.

Switzerland will play Colombia in Miami on Sunday, while Jamaica face Panama at the National Stadium the following day.


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