Havana Gets FIFA’s Nod To Play For Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz

Havana Marguerite Solaun, the 26-year-old American-born Jamaican footballer, has been named in the Jamaica Reggae Girlz World Cup Football squad.

Her inclusion came after FIFA clearance, given that she had already played for the United States of America, at the Under 17 and Under 23 levels.

Solaun honed her skills at an early age, playing football for her high school, Buchholz, in Florida.

She later moved on to play for her Florida University team — Florida Gators.

The 5’ 9” midfielder began her professional career with Seattle Reign FC of the National Women’s Soccer League in 2015.

After two years, she was traded to fellow NWSL club Washington Spirit.

Solaun joined Norwegian club Klepp IL on a free transfer for 2019 after declining to renew her contract with Washington Spirit.

She also had her international stint playing in Canada and Singapore.

Solaun is the daughter of a Cuban-American father and Jamaican-born mother.

She opted to play for Jamaica, though eligible to play for the national teams of the United States, Cuba, or Jamaica.

Her first name, Havana, is a tribute to her paternal grandparents.

With Solaun’s inclusion, the Jamaica Reggae Girlz World Cup squad list reads:

Sydney Schneider

Nicole McClure

Allyson Swaby

Ashleigh Shim

Chinyelu Asher

Chanel Hudson-Marks

Khadija Shaw

Deneisha Blackwood

Dominique Bond-Flasza

Lauren Silver

Marlo Sweatman

Sashana Campbell

Konya Plummer (captain)

Toriana Patterson

Trudi Carter

Yazmeen Jamieson

Chantel Swaby

Kayla McCoy

Cheyna Matthews

Tiffany Cameron

Jody Brown

Olufolasade Adamolekun

Havana Solaun

Yvad Billings Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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