Winnipeg Fury Posted September 23, 2006 Share Posted September 23, 2006 Time for the Melting Pot: Canadian wants to play for Reggae Boyz ANDREW HANCEL, Observer staff reporter Saturday, September 23, 2006Pierce. I always wanted to play football, but I had to push towards my education first so that I have something to fall back on He is strong. He is bright. And like many before him, Canadian-born Preston Pierce wants to don the black, green and gold of Jamaica's world-famous Reggae Boyz. Pierce, whose mother is from Kingston, had a brief training stint with the Jamaica national squad recently in Montreal, prior to an international friendly between the Boyz and Canada which the home team won 1-0. It was not the kind of look-in any coach or player would have liked, as the training lasted for only an hour, but Pierce insists he is "not one that gives up easily". He wants to play for Jamaica, he says, because he was raised in Toronto, very much in a "Jamaican" home embracing the culture of 'Yard'. "I want to play for Jamaica because my family is from Jamaica and so I feel very much a Jamaican," he further explained. At the age of 21, Pierce has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Now he is passionately looking forward to a professional football career and playing for the country of his heart. "I always wanted to play football, but I had to push towards my education first so that I have something to fall back on, just in case it doesn't work out," Pierce told Sporting World. "Now that I have an education, I can pursue what I want to do in football," he added. Standing five-feet and 11 inches and weighing 185 pounds, Pierce considers himself capable anywhere at the back, but did not hide his preference. "I prefer playing at centre-back and right-back," says the Canadian native, who hasn't been to Jamaica "for a while now", due to his studies at the Catholic-run university. During his quest for higher learning Pierce made contact with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). "Last spring I sent some tapes to Mr (Crenston) Boxhill (president of the JFF). I got to contact him and when I spoke to him he said they (Reggae Boyz) will be coming up here to play a match (on September 4), and if I want to come down to train with the team so they could have a look at me," revealed Pierce who turns 22 on October 5. In his short time with the Reggae Boyz in Montreal, Pierce trained with the reserves in his favoured centre-back role. "I'm a strong tackler, a ball winner and I think that I would be an asset to the team especially in the backline," he told Sporting World, "I'm young, so that's a benefit and I'm learning so I can build on whatever I have already had." Pierce was adamant that he was in no way disheartened at only having an hour to try to impress the Jamaican coaching staff. "I went out there and play the football the way I know how to play it, by doing the simple things right. If it doesn't work out, then it's back to the training ground and I will come back again," he said. For interim head coach of the Reggae Boyz Carl Brown, the time was not enough, but surely the gate will remain open for Pierce who recently had a two-month stint at Thunder Bay Chill in the United States Soccer League. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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