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T&T’s Levi Garcia has been tipped as one of the young stars to watch in the Dutch Eredivisie season coming up as he looks ahead to his second year in top flight football in the Netherlands.

Garcia made his debut for AZ Alkmaar last season before breaking into the National Senior Men’s Team during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, scoring a double on debut in a 3-2 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dutch football website football-orange.com has listed Garcia in the top fifty under 21 players to look out for in the League. “A revelation in the second half of last season, Levi Garcia heads into his first full campaign with AZ Alkmaar eager to impress,” the site stated.

 “The 18-year-old was an exciting addition to the Eredivisie last season and left AZ fans wanting more from their new talent. AZ will be aiming to challenge the top three and make an impression in Europe this season and Garcia will play a big part over the campaign. Scouts are already flocking to AZ to watch Garcia in action and a successful season may see the winger follow in Vincent Janssen’s footsteps with a big money move abroad,” the report added.

Garcia is anticipating his second season, saying “I’m focusing on having a stronger season. I’ve been working very hard and trying to develop even more every time I take the pitch. It’s all very exciting and I am really looking forward to my second season. With God I think things will go well and hopefully I can continue playing and enjoying it.”

Garcia is expected to be in Stephen Hart’s squad for the September 2nd World Cup qualifier against Guatemala at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Hector not fazed by Connection’s Champions’ League loss

DirecTV W Connection captain Hughtun Hector is not worried by his team’s 4-2 defeat to Mexican side Pumas FC in their opening Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League encounter at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday night.

Hector scored a beauty of a free kick in the first half to keep Connection in the match at that stage but Pumas pulled away with two further second half goals to secure the three points.

“It was disappointing to start with a loss but I think there were some positives for us. We are in preseason right now and I know it was going to be difficult for us to start with our best football but we showed some good signs and I think it was a good experience for us, especially some of the younger players as we look ahead to the other matches,” Hector said.

About his goal, he added, “It was in a good position and I thought this was a good chance to have a good go at it. I struck it well and it was a nice sight to see it enter the net. It was good for us to get on the scoresheet at that point in the match.

But hopefully in the other games we can continue to build on our positives and come away with good results.”

Connection’s next game will be on August 25th at home to Honduras’ H Progreso.