Lowe: Draw against Costa Rica a turning point
National senior team defender Damion Lowe says the Reggae Boyz's 1-1 draw against hosts Costa Rica in their recent Concacaf World Cup Qualifying game is an immense platform, which the team can build on going into next month's round of matches in the eight-team competition.
The Reggae Boyz, who are seeking to qualify for their second World Cup tournament, kicked off their campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Mexico on September 2. They were then thrashed 3-0 at the National Stadium four days later, before securing the draw against Costa Rica on September 8.
That was the first point of the qualifiers for the Reggae Boyz and according to Lowe, this is a good stage on which the team can build on going into next month's qualifiers.
"It is a turning point and the next camp is in October and we are looking forward to going up against the United States and, hopefully, we get three points," said Lowe.
"It (point) is a booster for us because we wanted to get some points on the board. We knew that it was going to be difficult playing Costa Rica away from home, but I am proud of the performance of the Boyz," he said.
Mexico lead the eight teams with seven points, followed by Canada, United States and Panama on five each. Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador are on two points each.
"If you look at the table it is still tight and a lot of teams are not getting good results. So we should get points on the board every time we go into every three-game series of qualifiers," Lowe said.
Lowe, who is the son of former national player Onandi, who represented the Reggae Boyz at the 1998 World Cup in France, pointed out that his goal is to follow in his father's footsteps.
"For me, I just give my heart and soul for my country every time I step out there because I grew up watching my father playing for the national team and playing in the World Cup, " he said.
"I want to get to the World Cup to continue that legacy and to make my country proud as well," the 28-year-old Lowe said.