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Clayton Donaldson Confirmed in Jamaican Copa America Centenario Squad

Clayton Donaldson has made the cut in Winfried Schafer’s 23-man Jamaica squad for the upcoming Copa America Centenario in the USA.

Donaldson was named in the original 40-man squad by Schafer earlier in May and has survived a cull which has seen Deshorn Brown of Colorado Rapids and the Portland Timbers duo of Alvas Powell and Darren Mattocks omitted.

Jamaica kick off their group games on June 5 against Venezuala at Soldier Field in Chicago. They will then play Mexico in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on June 9 and Uruguay in Santa Clara on June 13.

The Bradford-born striker has 4 Jamaican caps, scoring his debut goal in the 1-0 win over Haiti last November.


47 Responses to “Clayton Donaldson Confirmed in Jamaican Copa America Centenario Squad”

  • Walker says:

    So where does this leave blues at the start of the season?

  • Tony E says:

    Being selfish this is just what we don’t want. He’s nearly 32 and probably needs a rest after a long, arduous season. More important than ever that we manage to bring a player in who can share the load, perhaps alternating to avoid the Saturday, Tuesday grind.

  • Gary R says:

    I agree with Tony E.

    I’m all for our players being recognised internationally, but I question how well they’re looked after while away. Donaldson was out for a while due to playing on in a match having gone to the ground TWICE injured, and yet he wasn’t removed from the action. He needs a rest.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    After 39 league games and an injury on top, this is the worst thing that could have happened for Blues. I can’t see Donaldson being fit and ready for the start of pre-season now. He badly needed a summer of rest.

    Perfect replacement for Donaldson, would be Matt Smith. Whether we could afford him is a different matter.

  • Dave Mann says:

    I wouldn’t want Donsldson as our first choice striker next season anyway so I personally wont lose any sleep over it to be honest . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Personally, I feel the same as you. But, if we don’t bring in anyone better, we’ll have to start next season with either him or Vaughan. The last thing we need is to start the season with a knackered striker, or worse.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Donaldson . KRO

  • Malvern blue says:

    Just be happy for a bloke who has worked is nuts off all his career and is only now getting recognition. The Copa America is only a three week tournament and finishes June 26th, plus with Mexico and Uruguay in their group I don’t think Jamaica will progress anyway. I’m sure Barcelona aren’t crying about having Messi, Neymar, and Suarez away for the summer.

  • gazza says:

    at the end of the day just like robbo, clayts is playing on borrowed time now ase age inevitably comes calling. in saying that, he was one of the few in the squad who gave his all for 90 mins in every game. if we are to replace him which i have no doubt we will, then i pray it is someone of equal ability and commitment and passion. last season was like the movie “gone with the wind” . if every player gave the same focus as the likes of robbo and clayts i believe the season may have ended on a happier note.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    This tournament is a great opportunity for Donaldson in the twilight of his career. At 32 he has to take his International chance.
    I thought he did remarkably well last season to finish top scorer, because he was feeding on scraps. often isolated against two or more defenders.
    He will most likely miss the first part of pre-season training, but so will other players involved with International competitions.

  • williammorgan says:

    Clayton does not want to be on the wing or any where else when the ball is in the middle , on playing one striker he needs to be around the box where he can score more goals , and if he is marked out of the game it goes to prove that either way being a blue arsed fly or a predator we will lose out goalwise proving that two strikers is a must …..KRO

  • Tony says:

    Cant see why he wants to bother, it is after all Jamaica.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Chuffed for Lee Clark keeping the killlies in the premiership in Scotland .. Slate him or you like but the guy loves the game and the passion .. and we still have one or two of his signings playing for us .. Give the guy a break .. KRO

  • Mitchell says:

    Totally agree. Met him on a few occasions when at his lowest and whatever you think of his abilities etc. he was always driven 24/7 for the blues cause. Donaldson,Cotterill,Davis,Gleeson,Lingard just a few of his inputs. Just couldn’t get the tactics right.

  • williammorgan says:

    The great escape is what blues are about and will keep us keen for years to come, ,it will be seen as the first stepping stone back , I think if we are to wait for the quality players ,and I won’t ask why or who , I think the club needs to appoint robbo as one of the clubs mouth pieces to stop the fans drifting away with the boredom of waiting as we are on a need to know how signings are progressing …..KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I think we could see a repeat of last summer. I’d be surprised if we signed anyone in the next couple of weeks, at least. Let’s just hope there’s some quality when they do arrive. All 4 of them.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I see Blues are going back to Marbella for pre-season again. I’ll put my money on a 10th place finish then. :)

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Good luck to Clayton Donaldson and the reggae boyz.

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    Tony,why is it that you only ever come to life on this blog when LC is mentioned and why is it that you’ve never posted anything remotely positive since I started reading it you miserable old git.

  • Mitchell says:

    Great CH up for grabs. Grant Hanley of Blackburn. Morrison and Hanley would do me.

  • williammorgan says:

    For a manager who is partial to wingers I can’t see for the life of me why the media would think that GR would sign Antenucci a striker who is not very good at heading a ball , the mind boggles …..and surely we need to get a striker that will compliment the Don in case we get behind in a match and need to play catch up, not sign a player to replace him in a match to play catch up with a similar player …….

  • Waycoolblue says:

    lets Hope he dues well and we get a 3.5mil offer for him LOL.

  • williammorgan says:

    It would be nice , but in a 4+2+3+1 system we have 4 attacking players 2 wingers and only the Don is about accurate enough at heading , and Antenucci is not what you can call an accurate header of a ball we can’t afford to get it wrong each player in has to have a needed asset , pace , shooting , passing , heading , tackling , dribbling , even if we can afford 2 players this window they must be assets , KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Have to agree. If he’s only intending to bring 4 players in… he cannot afford any duds. All 4 have to be capable of nailing down a first team spot almost from the off. Anything less just won’t be good enough.

  • Mitchell says:

    As the striker debate continues it leaves me quite cold. It would give me a greater kick for GR to come out and say Alex Jones and Johnstone are to get a real chance in Marbella alongside Hale. We have Vaughan and Donaldson as the senior guys-so give youth a go. It would be a breath of air to get a young one hitting the mark.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Unfortunately, it seems unlikely. Rowett has given Viv S-O a few games, Charlie Adams 1 game and Kobi Arthur a couple of games last season. That’s pretty paltry over 18 months. I really can’t see him using the young lads other than the odd game here and there.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Jack Challis, released by Blues this summer, has been offered a contract at Bristol City. From one BCFC to another. Good luck to the lad.

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