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Price sees no negative impact of USL Academy League on Jamaican players

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Simon Preston

Head coach of Humble Lion Football Club, Andrew Price doesn't feel the introduction of the United Soccer League Academy competition will impact the export of Jamaicans to North America. Last week, the USL announced that starting in 2021, it will have a league for players aged 15 to 19 and the best five from each academy will be promoted to the first team.

Despite Americans taking up more roster spots, Pryce doesn't feel this will affect the demand for Jamaican footballers. However, football analyst Machel Turner sees the academy league as a disadvantage to Jamaica, noting that Jamaican players such as Junior Flemmings, Nique Daley and Jamoi Topey  were all teenagers when they joined USL outfits.

The USL Academy League is slated for March 2021. There are currently 20 Jamaican footballers plying their trade in the USL.



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