Je-Vaughn Watson Turned Down Call-up From Jamaica

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The veteran midfielder declined a World Cup qualifier call-up to play for his club instead.

One of the surprising stories that was touched on Saturday night by FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman was the fact that Je-Vaughn Watson turned down a call from Jamaica to play for his club instead.

The Jamaican Football Federation called up the midfielder for their September World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica, but Watson turned them down.

Watson had one of his best performances of the season on Saturday night, scoring a wonderful goal to tie the game up at one goal apiece early in the first half.

"I think playing for Jamaica is important because it's my country, but ... I want to go to the [MLS Cup] playoffs," Watson told reporters after the match. "That's the most important thing. I'm here all season ... I'm a competitor, I hate losing. Whenever I lose, I can't sleep, I can't eat. I'd rather be here than be in Jamaica right now."

The Reggae Boyz are currently last in the six-team CONCACAF Hexagonal, sitting five points back of fourth-place Mexico. With only three matches left, their chances of qualification are nominal, so Watson decided that his club needed him more than his country right now.

"I think he really thinks about his teammates and FC Dallas," Hyndman told reporters. "Je-Vaughn's a great guy. He gives you everything he has. He comes to training every day with a smile on his face, he's such a pleasant person to be around."

The more I talk to players after the game about Watson, the more they talk about how much of a team player the guy has become. The same kind of comments from from Hyndman as well. The bad rap that Watson got early on this season was more so for him playing out of position by Hyndman. Now that he is comfortable playing on the wings, we are seeing how much more confident he is on the ball. And with goals like the one below, it is becoming harder and harder to complain about the guy.

GOAL: Je-Vaughn Watson rockets one in from distance | FC Dallas vs Vancouver Whitecaps (via mls)

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