FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Revolution defender Je-Vaughn Watson has been called in by the Jamaica National Team for its upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Haiti. Watson will depart for international duty on August 29 and return to the Revolution on September 6.
Watson, 32, is set to represent Jamaica against Panama on Sept. 2 and Haiti on Sept. 6 in the Fourth Round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. Jamaica currently sits in third place in Group B with four points, ahead of Haiti by three points but trailing Panama by three points and Costa Rica by six points. Only the top two teams in the group will advance to The Hex – the fifth and final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.
The Saint Catherine Parish native has accrued 58 international caps for his career, most recently representing the Reggae Boyz at this summer’s Copa America Centenario, where he started all three of the team’s matches. In Jamaica’s last round of World Cup Qualifiers in March, Watson scored his second career international goal against Costa Rica.
Watson has established himself as a versatile mainstay on the Revolution’s back line and in the midfield since joining the club ahead of the 2016 season. He has appeared in 25 matches and made 22 starts across all competitions, recording three goals and one assist.