TEAM’S MOTIVATION “We spoke to coach Warren Barrett the night before, and he said ‘No, we’ve finished third before’. So we were all aware of it as a team out there and … that’s been driving us on, and I think it helped us get us through it today,” said McAnuff. “I think you saw a real effort from everybody. That was motivating us. “It’s just a real togetherness,” the midfielder continued. “Throughout the tournament there’ve been a few ups and downs, but we’ve used everything to motivate us trying to turn some negative situations into positives ones, and I think you’ve seen that out on the pitch, and I think we’ve just got to continue to do that.” Highlighting their toughness and growth, McAnuff pointed to the period after half-time when they withstood constant US pressure. “That was key, and I think having that bit of experience in the squad, players who have been through (those) scenarios before, we knew we had to get through that next 10, 15 minutes conceding. We did it with a mixture of good defending and a bit of luck and a bit of woodwork here and there … but when you’re up against it, like we were, it was not just 11 players out there today, there were 68,000 fans, and the Boyz stood up to it well, and we’re just delighted to be in the final.” That game takes place on Sunday in Philadelphia against Mexico, the six-time champions. ATLANTA, Georgia: THE Boyz have really come of age. That’s one of the clearest signals from Jamaica’s historic 2-1 semi-final win over the United States of America (USA) in their CONCACAF Gold Cup encounter at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday night. The victory was Jamaica’s first against the US on American soil and made them the first Caribbean team to qualify for the final of the Gold Cup, the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean championship in its 13th staging. One of the key players in the landmark achievement, midfielder Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff, says Jamaica needs to ensure continued growth of its stature in international football. “We want to make sure this is something moving forward for Jamaica. We’re no longer underdogs when it comes to playing against the USA. We’ve got a lot to be proud of and a lot to fear for the other countries when they come up against us,” McAnuff said. Only last year, the Reggae Boyz suffered an 8-0 thumping at the hands of France just ahead of the World Cup Finals. Things were a lot different then, with head coach Winfried Schäfer having to chop and change squads amid some crazy travelling schedules that denied their team rest, as well as its best players on a four-match tour. Three of the results were close, but the 8-0 stood out. In his own time, Schäfer has gone about moulding a team of inner strength, a team of character, with players willing to fight for each other and their country. By the Caribbean Cup last year, the signs of growth were evident and Jamaica went on to crown themselves champions. Then came a couple of practice matches, with the Reggae Boyz winning 3-0 and 2-1 over Cuba and Venezuela, respectively. If no one had been noticing, Schäfer’s graft emerged with greater definition at the Copa America, the South American championship, in June when Jamaica lost 1-0 in three group matches against Uruguay, Paraguay, and world number one Argentina, which was led by the world’s best player, Lionel Messi. It wasn’t just the scores either, but the way the team handled itself, drawing encores and rapturous applause from the appreciative football-cultured South Americans. They came to the Gold Cup with a best-ever finish of third, a placing earned in 1993 when they made one of two semi-final appearances. The 1998 Boyz who made first-time Jamaica qualification to the World Cup at France also made top four. Experts in the US predicted that Jamaica would only get two points and elimination at the group stage. The Boyz won their group with seven of the maximum nine points, and as they got to the semis, McAnuff said part of their growing reputation hinged on improving their Gold Cup best.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “He’s being extremely political,” said Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association. “He’s dissipated all of his political capital after the recall election. His popularity is significantly down among Latinos. “This requires him to shore up his political base – that’s the base that is most vociferously opposed to driver’s licenses.” Cedillo said one legal option could be looking at whether the state will be in violation of the Real ID Act, a new federal law that establishes a national system of driver’s licenses. Cedillo had argued that his bill was written to implement the federal law in California. But Schwarzenegger said the state needs to wait for the federal government to write regulations based on the new law before implementing it here. He said the state could wind up spending millions of dollars to implement the bill only to see it conflict with federal regulations. The governor also said the bill lacked sufficient security measures to ensure undocumented immigrants who apply for licenses are who they say they are. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Friday that would have granted driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants in California – a move that had been expected but still disappointed Latino activists who have been working on the issue for years. Supporters of the bill said they will likely reintroduce it in the next legislative session and are exploring whether they have any legal options. “We will not be discouraged nor deterred,” said Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, author of the bill. Supporters said they believe Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, at least in part, to please his conservative base as he faces plunging popularity among voters and heads into tough special-election and re-election battles. “This bill is premature and could undermine national security efforts to identify individuals who pose enormous risk to the safety of Californians,” Schwarzenegger said in a written statement explaining his veto. “I have repeatedly stated that the ability to verify documents used to establish an identity must include a way to determine whether an individual is who he or she purports to be and must include a criminal background check.” During the recall campaign and in the early part of his term, Schwarzenegger successfully sought a repeal of a law granting licenses to illegal immigrants. However, he said he would support such a measure if it had more provisions to ensure the security of the document, such as conducting a background check on undocumented immigrants who applied for a California license. He also wanted to establish a separate license with a different physical appearance for illegal immigrants. Cedillo tried to incorporate the governor’s requirements into the latest version of a bill he has been working on for years. He and other supporters argued that the bill was necessary to ensure that an estimated 2 million illegal immigrants driving in California are tested, licensed and insured, for the safety of other drivers. Cedillo pitched his bill as the state’s proposed method of implementing the federal Real ID Act, a new law that establishes a national system of driver’s licenses. The act does not allow the national license to be granted to undocumented immigrants, but does allow states to establish a separate license document for that purpose. Conservative groups were happy with the governor’s action, but worried that the issue was unresolved. “I have no doubt that Gil Cedillo will be back next year to try again,” said Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative political group. “The argument is they’re already breaking several other laws so we should go ahead and reward them by allowing them to do this one thing legally? That argument flies in the face of enforcing our immigration laws and encourages illegal aliens to come here.” Harrison Sheppard, (916)446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more