Bermuda announce 23-man squad for Gold Cup
Bermuda have announced their 23-man squad for the island’s maiden Concacaf Gold Cup campaign.
Kyle Lightbourne, Bermuda head coach, believes the travelling party has a healthy blend of players who can play in different positions.
Danté Leverock, the Sligo Rovers defender, will captain the team and will be joined by influential players such as Nahki Wells, Reggie Lambe, Jonté Smith and Zeiko Lewis.
Among those missing from the final cut are William White, Killian Elkinson, Paul Douglas and Tevahn Tyrell.
“The team has lot of balance and people that can play in different positions,” Lightbourne said. “We have balance all around the field.”
Bermuda qualified for the Gold Cup for the first time after finishing fifth in the Nations League qualifiers with three wins and one loss from their four matches.
They will face Haiti in their opening Gold Cup Group B match at the Estadio Nacional in San José, Costa Rica, on June 16, before taking on Costa Rica at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on June 20 and Nicaragua at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on June 24.
The Gold Cup features 16 teams divided into four groups of four, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarter-finals.
The tournament is being co-hosted by Costa Rica, who competed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Jamaica and defending champions United States and will be held from June 15 to July 7.
Bermuda beat São Miguel Azores 2-1 in their penultimate warm-up game before the Gold Cup at the National Stadium last weekend.
Donawa and Smith struck in quick succession to put Bermuda up 2-0 before João Ventura pulled one back for the visiting side from the penalty spot after Harvey was adjudged to have elbowed an opponent in an off-the-ball incident.
Bermuda will face Guyana in their final Gold Cup warm up at the National Stadium on June 6. Guyana will also be making their first appearance at the Gold Cup.
The previous meeting between the two teams finished 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in 2011
Dale Eve, Jahquil Hill and Quinaceo Hunt, Roger Lee, Jaylon Bather, Donte Brangman, Dante Leverock (captain), Jalen Harvey, Calon Minors, Chikosi Basden, Reggie Lambe, Kacy Milan Butterfield, Willie Clemons, Osagi Bascome, Tre Ming, Liam Evans and Marco Warren, Nahki Wells, Zeiko Lewis, Jonté Smith, Justin Donawa, Cecoy Robinson, and Lejuan Simmons.