Monday, December 15

Shavar Thomas and Jamaica capture Digicel Caribbean Championship

Jamaica finished its run through the Digicel Caribbean Championship on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Grenada in Kingston. Luton Shelton scored both goals (on a pair of penalty kicks) to give Jamaica the win, and Chivas USA's defender Shavar Thomas helped his country keep the clean sheet.

The Reggae Boyz had already earned one of the main prizes that the tournament has to offer; the four semifinalists automatically qualify for the 2009 Gold Cup. Jamaica will be joined in the Gold Cup by fellow Caribbean nations Grenada, Guadeloupe, and Cuba. The win represents the fourth time that Jamaica has been crowned champion of the Caribbean.