Name: Garrett Peters
How would you rate last years performance? After a few years of Jamaica "underachieving" last year we finally had what I would consider a successful tournament. We were in an extremely tough pool and managed to make it out in second place. In the Quarter finals we beat a pretty good ROI and we lost in the semis, in a shootout, to an extremely tough team Poland.
Are there any new signings or departures? We made some great signings this year with Rolfe and Cesar joining but our key signing would be Mitch Bauche. Mitch who is arguably one of the best midfielders in the tournament is a player with an insane work rate, offensively and defensively. And his composure and control of the ball is second to no one in the tournament. A key departure will be Carson Macdonald. He didn't make it to all the games last year, but with him at the back with Troy, we were a tough team to score against. I hear Carson is looking for a championship ring and has moved to a newly stacked ROI. We will have to see if the move pays off. Hopefully we can get a Jamaica vs. ROI Quarterfinal!
Who is your most important player? Why? Our most important player in the tournament is Kevin Holness. Kevin understands how to play the game, and his knowledge and experience are a huge asset. As a player and coach we all look to him to lead us to the promise land. I've even heard rumors that Kevin might actually take a few shots this tournament.
Where do you think you will finish this year? The plan is to make it out of the group stage, because in a one game quarterfinal anything can happen. Jamaica has a history of doing well against the tough teams and dropping points to teams we are supposed to beat. Watch for a tight game against Norway, that game will decide our tournament.
If you could sign any player in the tournament who would it be and why? Do the Patterson twins count as a package deal? On the ball they are skilled, off the ball they are tenacious. They are good in the air, and can play quickly on the ground with other players. Add a striker with those two and you already have a team that can contend to win the tournament.
Who do you think will win this year? ROI are the favorites by far. Brown has revamped Ireland and is downplaying how good they are. They have snatched up a bunch of huskie players and upgraded at goal. Look for them to walk through their pool putting up tons of goals. France game will be a good one but not as important as people think. I expect their first challenge will be in the Semis.
If you could change one thing in the tournament what would it be? I would change the number of players on the field, as well as the kick in rule. In Sasaktoon we play 6 vs 6 (plus a goalie) and scores are still relatively high. We don't need to have a goal scoring opportunity on every kick in to make worldcup exciting. I think it takes away from the quality of the game.