PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers forward Jason Wright (Kingston, Jamaica) will join the Jamaican national team for its team training camp being held January 18-24, 2016.
“We are happy for Jason. He's a very hard working player and anyone loves the chance to represent their country,” said Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan. “We wish him well and we are very proud of his progress as a player. It's great for guys to represent their youth national teams, but every player wants to represent their full national team, it says a lot about his abilities as a player.”
Wright has been a member of both Jamaica's national U17 and U20 programs prior to arriving “On the Banks”. With the U20 program, he participated at the 2012 CFU Championships while as a member of the U17 team, Wright was the top scorer at the 2011 U17 CONCACAF Championships and played in the U17 World Cup in Mexico.
The Scarlet Knight leading scoring also joined the Jamaican national team last March as they took on the Cayman Islands National Senior Team in a friendly game in its preparation for qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Wright was the unanimous selection as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year leading Rutgers with 31 points (13G, 5A). A Second Team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association (NSCAA), Third Team All-American by College Soccer News and Third Team Best XI honoree by TopDrawerSoccer, Wright topped the Big Ten stats and ranked among the top 10 nationally in goals (13), total points (31) and game winners (5).
Among the sophomore Scarlet Knights’ 2015 season highlights were RU's first hat trick since 2013, kicking off a streak of six consecutive matches in finding the back of the opponent net, and game-winning goals against three nationally ranked squads. Among his game-winning goals were No. 22 Indiana (Sept. 20), a golden goal at No. 25 Michigan (Oct. 10) and vs. No. 16 Ohio State (Oct. 25), which put Rutgers into first place in the Big Ten standings for the first time in school history.