Boyds, Md. (5/28/19) – Washington Spirit attacker Cheyna Matthews recently spoke at a press conference for the Jamaican National Team about the Reggae Girlz and how her time with the Spirit has prepared her for the World Cup.
Matthews had this to say on what makes playing for her national team exciting: “We don’t have anybody on this squad that doesn’t feel like when they step out there they could either make the level higher… It’s nice to have that where the level is so consistent no matter who’s out there.”
Matthews also spoke about the tactical flexibility that the roster has: “…that’s really unique to know that you have players that can play on the wing, they could play on the nine, they could play a false nine. They could play in the six, they could go forward from the six. It’s just all these different variations that we’re all really excited to see put together now.”
Matthews also commented on how her time with the Spirit prepared her to take the field with the Reggae Girlz: “The Spirit] is really competitive so I feel like the way I train for that is the same thing I would want to do even on this stage… Having those competitive environments at the pro level, and having standards for yourself, you just wanna come in with those same standards.”
Matthews also noted that she is looking forward to facing off against fellow Spirit teammates Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison and the Australian National Team in the group stages of the tournament.
Matthews last represented Jamaica in their two friendlies against Chile in early March. The forward started both matches tallying 66 minutes in the first match, and 45 in the second before being subbed off in both contests.
Last fall the Jamaican National team became the first Caribbean nation to ever qualify for FIFA Women’s World Cup via a third-place finish in 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship last fall.
Cheyna Matthews and the Reggae Girlz will start World Cup play on June 9 against Brazil, before moving on to face Italy on June 14, Matthews will finally face off with Logarzo and Harrison on the 18 as Jamaica faces top-ranked Australia. All games in the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be broadcast on the FOX network of channels.