Coach underlines importance of national team

first_imgWinfried Schäfer said Jamaica’s players must embrace the opportunities presented in the national team to make advances at club level.  Schäfer, head coach of Jamaica’s senior men’s national team, made the comments after it was revealed yesterday that Michael Hector had been awarded a five-year contract by English Premier League champions Chelsea FC. “You see how important the national team is for the players. Our player, Hector, after the Copa America and the Gold Cup, is going to Chelsea,” Schäfer remarked. “He played against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. He was out, then returned and played very well against the States, and now Chelsea takes him in and gives him a contract,”  Schäfer said. The 23-year-old Reading FC defender first played for Jamaica at the Copa America in June, where the Caribbean champions were invited as a guest participant. The tall centre-half played against Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Jamaica lost all three matches 1-0. Just weeks later, Hector also played for Jamaica at the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. He did not start in the first two games, but came off the bench to replace Jermaine Taylor at the seventh minute of the third group match, against El Salvador. Jamaica won 1-0, and Hector was largely outstanding in respective quarter-final and semi-final wins over Haiti and the United States. His only blip came in the final, where he made two blunders that led to goals against Mexico, which won 3-1. “The national team is important when you want to take the next big step,” Schäfer said. “All players have to prepare and must be fit. Gray (Hughan) is now in Finland,” he outlined of the former Waterhouse FC utility player, who has secured a contract at VPS Vaasa. Arnett Gardens’ Premier League striker, Andre Clennon, is also now attached to the Finnish club. “The players have to work in the clubs for very good fitness, for tactical work and then they can go outside (overseas). Kemar Lawrence is the best example. I saw him in the small match first at Harbour View, and he works very hard. Now he’s at Red Bulls in New York, and maybe he has a chance to go to England. “I saw Mattocks play his last match. Watson (Je-Vaughn) plays, Demar Phillips plays,” Schäfer continued, noting Jamaican nationals who are now commanding a spot in professional teams. All the players listed, Hector included, are in the island for Friday’s crucial first-leg World Cup Qualifying match against Nicaragua. The home-and-away tie, which sees Jamaica travelling for a return match next week Tuesday in Nicaragua, will decide which of the countries advance to the CONCACAF Semi-finals (group stage) elimination series for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. fitness & tactical worklast_img read more

Pokemon Go Evolves This Summer With New Gyms Raid Battles

first_img Truly, we all live in a Pokemon world. Two new Pokemon games are coming to the 3DS this fall along with the fighting game spin-off Pokken Tournament on Nintendo Switch. A true Pokemon RPG for Switch is on the horizon, and mobile game Magikarp Jump is the Game of the Year. But in terms of sheer impact and financial success, the modern Pokemon game to beat is probably still the augmented-reality phenomenon Pokemon Go.While the game will most likely never be as ubiquitous as it was during its debut last summer, the developers at Niantic are certainly trying to give players good reasons to return. This summer Pokemon Go evolves with new gyms and raid battle systems.I’d argue that Pokemon Go’s initial shallowness (along with its focus on first generation Pokemon) is actually what allowed it to be such a mainstream hit. However, Pokemon fans have been asking for deeper gameplay mechanics from the game for a while now, and this upcoming update should push the game in that direction.Soon, you will only be able to put six Pokemon in a real-world gym, and each must be a different species of Pokemon. But you can determine the order in which challengers battle your monsters. Like PokeStops, gyms will also now provide items as well as unique badges. As Pokemon in a gym lose battles their Combat Points (CP) decrease due to the new “motivation” stat. Teammates can feed friendly monsters berries to raise motivation but once the meter runs out the Pokemon abandons the gym and returns to its trainer.Raid battles, meanwhile, are limited-time co-op events. Once triggered, players can team up with up to 19 other friends or strangers nearby to battle one powerful Pokemon before time runs out, like the fight against Mewtwo in Times Square(?) in the original Pokemon Go trailer. Win and you can use special Premiere Balls to try and catch the raid boss. Sounds like a great way to introduce more legendary Pokemon into the game (as well as make more real-world deals by turning the local Applebee’s or whatever into a “sponsored gym”). Other prizes include special berries and candies and TMs for easier catching and nurturing and teaching Pokemon better moves.To prepare for the update, Niantic is shutting down existing gyms. But they’ll soon return in the all-new, all-different Pokemon Go. In the meantime, improve your trainer skills with our Pokemon Go strategy guide.Let us know how we’re doing Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Stay on targetlast_img read more