Bethlehem Steel FC forward Cory Burke has been named to the Jamaica’s national team squad for the 2017 Caribbean Cup. Burke the and Reggae Boyz will face off against French Guiana in the semifinals on Thursday, June 22.
This is Burke’s fifth consecutive senior team call up after he received his first call-up of 2017, making three appearances in a pair of international friendlies. He started vs. the USA on February 3 and came on as a second-half substitute vs. Honduras on February 16. Recently, Burke started for the club at Peru, playing 70 minutes.
Late last year, Burke helped the Reggae Boyz to victories over Guyana and Suriname in Caribbean Cup qualification, notching his first international goal in the extra time win over Guyana in October. Burke also scored the winning goal against Suriname in November to help secure Jamaica’s berth into the 2017 Gold Cup.
For Bethlehem in 2017, Burke has appeared in 11 matches (nine starts), scoring two goals in 861 minutes. Scoring twice from the spot, Burke notched the game-winner against Toronto FC II on May 13 and scored his other goal against in-state rival Harrisburg City Islanders on May 28. Burke is currently second in all-time goals for the club with six tallies.
The semifinal is the first match of tournament that the Jamaican National Team will compete in this summer, with the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup starting in July. Regardless of the result in the semifinals, the Reggae Boyz will follow up with a match in the finals or third place match on Sunday, June 25. All of the matches will take place at Stade Pierre-Aliker in Fort-de-France in Martinique.
Steel FC next plays on tonight, Tuesday, June 20 at Harrisburg City Islanders at 7 p.m.. The clash is the third and final match in the series and Steel FC’s final match of June.