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Je-Vaughn Watson called in to Jamaican National Team

Watson is hoping to help Jamaica qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Uruguay v Jamaica: Group C - Copa America Centenario Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

New England Revolution defender Je-Vaughn Watson has been called in by the Jamaican National Team ahead of 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Haiti. Watson will leave on Aug. 29 and is expected to return to the Revs on Sept. 6.

Jamaica will play Panama on Sept. 2 and Haiti on Sept. 6. These upcoming games are crucial for Jamaica, who’s currently third place in Group B with four points, ahead of Haiti’s one point but below Panama’s seven and Costa Rica’s ten. The Reggae Boyz need to grab one of the top two spots if they want to make it to the fifth and final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying.

Watson will almost certainly have a big role to play as the 32-year-old has amassed 58 international caps. Watson, who can line up as either a midfielder or defender, most recently played for Jamaica in this summer’s Copa America Centenario. In the last round of World Cup Qualifiers, Watson scored his second international goal against Costa Rica.

In his first year with the Revs, Watson has played in 25 games across all competitions, collecting three goals and one assist.