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Vibe CT 105 W Connection midfielders Andre Pacheco and William Da Silva Oliviera left Trinidad on Wednesday for the U.S. to take up trials with Major League Soccer Clubs Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew.


Trinidad and Tobago national player Andre Pacheco would spend two weeks with Columbus Crew while Brazilian William Oliviera has six days to impress Chicago Fire.

Both players left Trinidad on an American Airlines flight and are expected to meet their respective representatives of both MLS Clubs on arrival in the U.S.

An excited David John Williams, Owner/President of W Connection told ‘ttproleague.com’, “One of my contacts in the United States saw a DVD of William Oliviera and made available the trial with Chicago Fire.”

“With Andre it was a bit different. A former player of Columbus Crew recommended him to the Club and they accepted,” explained Mr. Williams.

According to the W Connection Owner, both players are expected to feature in matches for the MLS Eastern Conference Clubs over the coming weekend.

Both young men are 23 years old, Oliviera and Pacheco are products of the W Connection Youth System, Pacheco joined the ‘Savonnetta Boys’ in 2000 while Brazilian Oliviera joined in 2003.

Speaking to ‘ttproleague.com’ at the Piarco International Airport, T&T midfielder Andre Pacheco said, “I have been waiting on this opportunity for sometime now and I’m looking to make the best of it,” assured Pacheco.

“I can’t wait to get out there. I really want to earn a contract outside of Trinidad and this trial in the MLS would give me the opportunity. It will mean, I would get the exposure I need as a player,” he added.

The T&T midfielder also admits it would be tough to leave his current club, W Connection if he earns a MLS contract, “It’s going to be hard for me to just leave knowing that I have spent most of my career at W Connection. But at some point I would have to move on and if I get the chance to better myself then I would move on,” said Pacheco.

The W Connection player had to abort training with the Trinidad and Tobago national team under Head Coach Wim Rijsbergen as they prepare for a friendly international against Guadeloupe this Saturday as part of the Gold Cup preparations.

On that matter the player was a bit disappointed, “Yes, I really appreciate going on trial and really want to earn a contract outside, but I am disappointed not being able to make my national team for the upcoming friendly matches,” ended Pacheco.