COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Thursday, October 4, 2012) – Colorado Rapids forward Omar Cummings has been called up to the Jamaican National Team for two 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Guatemala and Antigua and Barbuda. The Reggae Boyz visit Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 12, and host Antigua and Barbuda on Oct. 16.
Cummings will join his national team next week for the matches and will return to the Rapids ahead of the Oct. 20 match at Chivas USA.
Cummings, 30, has made 31 total appearances for his country, including their most recent matches against the United States, also World Cup Qualifiers. He came on as a 90th minute sub for Ryan Johnson in Jamaica’s 2-1 victory on Sept. 7, and then started the match and played 75 minutes in a 1-0 loss on Sept. 11. For the Rapids, Cummings has scored six goals in 25 games this season, adding one assist.
Jamaica is currently tied with the United States and Guatemala in the Group A standings for 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, all with a 2-1-1 record. The Reggae Boyz defeated Guatemala 2-1 on June 8 and tied Antigua and Barbuda 0-0 in June 12. The top two teams from Group A will advance to Round 4, where they’ll face the top two teams from the two other groups in the CONCACAF (North America, Central America, and the Caribbean) region.
The Rapids face the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. MT at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The night is part of Soccer Kicks Cancer, a league-wide initiative to raise awareness for cancer research and treatment.