RICHMOND, Va. – The world is less than 12 months away from the start of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games held in London. Virginia Commonwealth University men's soccer midfielder Jason Johnson is now one step closer to being part of the event after being named to the Under-23 Jamaican Men's Soccer Team.
Johnson will embark on Jamaica's quest to become one of 16 teams that gets to compete at the 2012 London Olympics. The process begins with group play in the Caribbean Football Union Tournament. Jamaica will compete in Group A and is scheduled to play St. Vincent & The Grenadines (August 3), The Cayman Islands (August 5) and host country Suriname (August 7).
The winner of Group A advances to Caribbean qualifying round, which includes Group B winner Trinidad & Tobago, Group C winner Cuba and Group D winner St. Kitts & Nevis. Two teams from the qualifying stage will earn a spot in the CONCACAF qualifying round; the top two teams from the qualifying round will represent CONCAF at the London Olympics.
Johnson, who was named to the All-CAA third team in 2010, was a late addition the training squad for the Jamaican National Team.
VCU teammate Romena Bowie joined the "Reggae Boyz" in the final days of camp, but will not accompany the team in the qualifying stages.