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Je-Vaughn Watson A Bright Spot As Jamaica Loses 1-0 To Venezuela

The New England Revolution defender had two of the Reggae Boyz best chances, but the crossbar denied Jamaica an opening goal.

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Je-Vaughn Watson played 88 minutes at fullback for Jamaica in their Copa America Group C opener, a 1-0 loss to Venezuela. The New England Revolution defender has seen time in the midfield for his national team, but he started in a familiar role at full back where he's featured for his club during the 2016 MLS season.

Watson nearly got Jamaica on the board in the opening minutes when he rose up to meet a header following a corner kick in the first half.

Unfortunately for Watson, he was denied by the crossbar and minutes later Josef Martinez opened the scoring for Venezuela in what would prove to be the winning goal.

Watson would have another shot, this time off target, as he screamed a volley just over the crossbar in the 73rd minute. Watson was credited with four recoveries, an interception and one clearance during his defensive shift.