Chris & Jon’s Pre-Tournament Rank – 22nd
xG Report (Jamaica listed first)
vs Brazil (0-3, L) – 1.26-2.45 (+1 pen)
vs Italy (0-5, L) – 0.58-3.25 (+1 pen)
vs Australia (1-4, L) – 0.66-2.50
Overall xG Average – 0.83-2.67
Players to Watch
Bunny Shaw – F (CF)
Shaw was a mixed bag overall considering the overwhelming hype she received heading into the tournament. It took until the match against Australia for her to truly show her best form, but Shaw had herself a super showing against the Aussies in the final group match playing most of the match in a bit of a deeper role. She was considerably more muted in the other matches, though she was also the only real proven option in attack.
Chinyelu Asher – MF (AMC)
Asher playing in only two of the three group stage matches is always going to be one of the more puzzling decisions that Jamaica made considering she put in a creditable performance overall in the matches she did play in. Asher might have been one of the biggest losers when the new talent was brought in post-WWC qualification, as it just didn’t seem like the coaches found a way to squeeze her into the team amongst more glamorous options on paper.
Konya Plummer – D (CB)
Plummer came in with a huge burden on her shoulders as the very young captain of this Jamaica side, while trying to hold back three very dangerous attacks. Jamaica didn’t exactly succeed in this respect, but Plummer and fellow-center-back Allyson Swaby tried their best without really standing out. The good news is that the Jamaican captain is still very young and figures to grow as a player in her final season in college and further as a professional following this year.
Did Achilles’ Heel Sink Them?
I identified midfield creativity as a major issue coming into the tournament, but Jamaica still managed to created an average of four chances a game, so it probably wasn’t a killer. Having Havana Solaun in the lineup as a late addition likely boosted their options in this respect, and it doesn’t look like something at the very top of the needs list going into the post-tournament building process.
Answering The Questions
1. One of the biggest questions I posed before the tournament was if Jamaica would have more in the tank offensively than just Shaw. They did, but not much more. Solaun showed her quality at times in the midfield, but others like Trudi Carter and Cheyna Williams didn’t trouble opposing defenses nearly enough. Moreover, Jody Brown, who had dazzled for much of CONCACAF qualifying, looked thoroughly out of her depth when on the pitch in this tournament. Continue reading