Bethlehem Steel FC forward Cory Burke has been named to Jamaica’s national team squad ahead of their first matches of 2017 against the United States and Honduras.
The announcement is Burke’s third consecutive senior team call up, helping the Reggae Boyz to victories over Guyana and Suriname. Burke saw time in a pair of Caribbean Cup qualifiers, notching his first international goal in the extra time win over Guyana in October. Also during that match, Burke helped draw a penalty kick that set up an insurance goal. Burke also scored the winning goal against Suriname in November to help secure Jamaica’s berth into the 2017 Gold Cup.
Burke’s performances on both the international and club levels contributed to the forward being purchased by Steel FC from Rivoli United of the Red Stipe League in early November. After playing in Steel FC’s inaugural season on loan from the Jamaican club, Burke’s on field contributions of four goals and two assists made the Kingston native important to the club’s future.
Burke will be joined by Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake on the national team. The duo along with their fellow countrymen will face off against the United States on Friday, Feb. 3, at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. A few weeks later, Burke and the Reggae Boyz will return to action against Honduras on Thursday, Feb. 16, at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Both matches will serve as tune-ups ahead of Jamaica’s appearances in the Scotiabank CFC Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals in June and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.