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Clayton Donaldson called up for Copa America

Jamaica coach Winfried Schafer has named Blues striker Clayton Donaldson in his provisional 40-man squad for the Copa America. The tournament, which is in its 100th year will be held for the first time outside South America with the hosts being the USA.

Donaldson, who has four caps and one goal for the Reggae Boyz has been named to a squad that includes Premier League-winning skipper Wes Morgan among their English based contingent. The Bradford-born striker faces competition with Portland Timbers forward Darren Mattocks for the starting role up front.

Jamaica will play in Group C against Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela with matches to take place in Chicago, Pasadena and Santa Clara between June 5 and June 13, with the final should they progress that far due to be held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on June 26.

Schafer has a deadline of May 20 to submit his final squad for the tournament.

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29 Responses to “Clayton Donaldson called up for Copa America”

  • mark says:

    it possibly nice to be called up, but these are not your bread and butter. As a fan i want CD sweating buckets for blues………..

  • Dave Mann says:

    He does sweat buckets for the Blues , the trouble is that he don’t score buckets for Blues .. Playing for his country is an honour for him and Ime very pleased for him . KRO

    • jonno11blue says:

      Dave he was born in England and is therefore English. I don’t believe in all this you can play for the country of your parents/grandparents. Look what happened when he played for Jamaica in November got injured and out till New Year. He needs to be on holiday resting in June not playing football. As already stated his goal scoring return has been poor this season.

      • Dave Mann says:

        I don’t think it’s right either but it is what it is and he wants to play for Jamaica in copa America .. It’s not you or me or Gary to tell him otherwise ok . KRO

  • bhamcityjulian says:

    No swear for me. He won’t be with us next season. Off for a bog last pay day as cajoled by his agent. Remember he almost went to Leeds last summer

  • Dave Mann says:

    We need a striker who can score goals anyway so it won’t be a massive lost and he won’t play next season even if he stays which he won’t so good luck to him .KRO

  • Quokkasskip says:

    Dave,
    Won’t be a massive loss?

    Show me better options we can afford? Have u seen Vaughan and Laugherty play?

    Careful what u wish for.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Propably seen them more than you and I agree that Vaughan and Lafferty are not better options but Donaldsons work rate is not good enough if he’s not scoring goals and we need to get someone in who can if we are to progress next season , yes they might cost a few quid but it’s got to be our perogative because it’s cost us this season .. That’s what I wish for and Ime being very carefull when I say that .KRO

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    The problem with Donaldson is that I think GR plays a counter attacking style that accommodates him perfectly with his running but doesn’t have a plan B to accommodate different types of forwards or styles of play.I find it hard to knock him as he’s led the line on his own for 2 full seasons now but GR needs to show his mettle a bit and add more strings to his bow this summer.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    The only criticism of Donaldson at all, is that he doesn’t score enough goals. Unfortunately, that’s what a striker is there for. Rowett has to find the answer to our lack of goals in time for next season and, if that means the bench, or another club for Donaldson, then so be it. I still think we’d get more out of him in a two up front, but that’s never going to happen at Blues.

    • bhamcityjulian says:

      Look at the way Fabrinni plays, on the front foot. I believe we will be ditching counter attacking and the first casualty will be Donaldson. Vaughan will have been brought in with that in mind and maybe it will suit his play

  • Dave Mann says:

    Three strikers ( goal scorers ) is all we need next season , no more than that it Rowett stays as its pointless having any more . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Absolutely agree. One decent goalscorer and two back ups.

      Rowett talked most of the season about utilising the small, tight squad we have, but basically, 7 players have played the majority of the games, so there wasn’t a lot of utilsing going on tbh. It was pretty much the same last season, with 8 players hogging most of the games. I think the manager has a favoured 12 or 13 players, the rest will only get a sniff because of injury or suspension… some not even then.

      I think that if we can get the right type of players in during the summer, our squad could be even tighter next season, with maybe Adams and Maxwell added.

  • Texas Pete says:

    Some people have forgotten he scored a lot last season and it is just this season goals have not been as many.
    I cant believe the amount of running he does and his strength.
    As for next season I think he should move on for a good fee although as a second half player there is not a better choice.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      No one can fault the rest of his game, but the fact is, if we’d scored more goals, we’d have most likely finished in the play-offs this season. Obviously, the onus isn’t on him to score all our goals, but he is our main forward and, if he’d scored just half of the chances he missed this season (I’m talking simple chances, not half chances,) he’d have finished on 20+ goals for the season easily.

    • Dave Mann says:

      Those some people are not us regulars Pete , we ALL know what he contibutes but if he’s not scoring goals he’s not worth is place in the team end off !! .. It’s the here and now and not what he done in previous seasons that counts , his goal record is all that counts . KRO

      • Texas Pete says:

        Actually I would like to see him finish out his career with us. He would be more than an adequate backup/2nd half player and preferred over Vaughan. The other view I see is this is the last moment to get some good money from Leeds or whoever.
        What was the change that happened between last season and this that has reduced his goal tally? Age? No Teche? No Fabrinni?

  • AdamTrueBlue says:

    Like I have said on numerous occasions, if Donaldson had better service then he would score more, he doesnt get chance to poach goals because the goals he scores he is having to create.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      That’s not entirely true. He’s missed quite a few gilt-edged chances this season. He could and should have finished with 20+ goals.

  • Tim says:

    He did score well last season but these international call ups always seem to lead to injury and loss of form. I don’t regards call up from Jamaica? as a good enough reason to opt out of the day job. If he intends to continue with international appearances we must get in a reasonable replacement – or any thoughts of a top 6 finish next season are no more than a dream. We are going to need to shortly anyway given his age.

  • I think having one striker is counter productive to getting promotion , unless the three behind him can score about 35 goals between them , we play with six defensive players which is about right in a team but the four in front must be all goalscorers as one striker is easily marked out of a game .before we sign any players for the bench we need to get the first eleven right , KRO

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Donaldson has missed a lot of chances this season but we really lack pace in the side if VSO is not playing. Cotterell is fantastic in set piece situations but is not quick. We need our midfield to get forward quickly in support as Donaldson just gets isolated. Without pace in the side we will struggle to open up the opposition and we need to bring in some bigger players in midfield to complement the guile of players like Fabbrini. Good luck to the Don in the Copa America

  • Nice to see you back mitchell

  • Muzzy says:

    When u play a lone striker and in a team that prob has the least possession in the div
    Be fair to the bloke .. Works his socks off prob getting a couple of good chances per game.. If u think with what were gona offer a striker were gona get much better think ur mad.. He’s un playable when teams playing well .. But when were not and he gets no support what chance does he have . But even then prob covers more ground than any 1 ..

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      Have to agree but I think his problem this year has been bad missed chances.He probably should have had a hat tick at Wolves.

  • oldburyblue says:

    I would say that it is nigh on impossible to be both a non-stop runner that has to physically wrestle with 2 centre backs all game then slow everything down enough to take chances regularly. I can only imagine Donaldson’s pulse rate and breathing when a chance comes his way. The best goalscorers generally are those that appear to have ice in their veins. If you are calm everything goes in slow-motion but the opposite is true if you can literally hear your blood pounding in your head and can feel your chest thumping after having had to fight to get there.


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