With the international break in full swing for the next week-and-a-half, club football has effectively taken a back seat. Adam Bogdan, Medo Kamara, and Chung-Yong Lee have already been called up to their respective national teams for (mostly) important matches and now, another Bolton Wanderers man has received his call. Jermaine Beckford has been included in Jamaica's squad for their pair of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers this month.
Beckford is a relatively new international, receiving his first call-up earlier this year at the age of 29. Thus far, he has earned five caps for the Reggae Boyz, scoring one goal in the process. That goal came in a match against the United States at The Office, Jamaica's national ground. Beckford came on as a late substitute with the Americans leading 1-0 and (after pushing off his marker) headed home to equalize. The Yanks would score at the death through midfielder-turned-defender Brad Evans to earn their first ever qualifying win in Jamaica.
Jamaica have a tough task ahead of them in the hexagonal round of qualifying, sitting bottom of the six-team group with two points from six games. They are five points behind fourth place Honduras. In this final round of qualifying, the top three teams automatically qualify while fourth place goes into a play-off with the winner of the Oceania region, New Zealand.
The Reggae Boyz' two-match schedule will see them play away at fifth-place Panama on the sixth of September before returning to Kingston to take on second-place Costa Rica. Perhaps some goals in international play will kickstart Beckford's season.