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Football / Re: 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Thread
« on: August 23, 2022, 11:15:13 AM »
Is CONCACAF boycotting the Womenís Under 20 WC? CONCACAF hosts the tournament through Costa Rica yet you rarely see an article about it on the website. Maybe it has to do with the poor showing of the CONCACAF teams.

It is sad how CONCACAF almost always treat the Caribbean like a guest in CONCACAF football.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 11, 2022, 10:00:28 PM »
Congrats to Jamaica beating Haiti 4-0 to grab the automatic berth. The difference tonight? Better coaching staff. The Ja coach correctly identified Haitiís weaknesses and exploited them! A real beating. Luckily Mexico failed to beat USA. For a momen, the Play-off was at their reach.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 10, 2022, 09:32:14 AM »
By the way, what happened to Alexcia Ali who played for the U20 in 2020? Small but she showed some great skills as a midfielder, a position I think the Trini team may need help with.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: July 10, 2022, 08:58:17 AM »
I was secretly hoping that all 3 Caribbean teams would make it to the WC. Somehow, I believe this is still possible.

The situation in Group A is encouraging. With a tie both Haiti and Jamaica will move on, one directly to the WC and the other to the playoffs. Even a Jamaica victory is likely to result in both Caribbean teams moving on. With a Haiti victory, there is a slight chance that Mexico may steal the 3rd position, although unlikely considering that Mexico would have to beat USA. Mission nearly impossible.

The situation is more straightforward in Group B. Trinidad has to beat Panama. That's that! Can this happen? Based on the way both teams have played against the same opponents, Panama clearly has the edge. The Canaleras have been outgunned but they remained competitive generating many opportunities of their own. Panama has not yet scored but they show that they can. Their defense was phenomenal versus Canada.

For Trinidad, there is still a bit of mystery around the team. We know nothing of what the team can do when shifted to attacking mode. Unlike Panama which tried to win its games, Trinidad did not commit to any real attempts to score. It has been all defensive play,  so far. Did KJ know all efforts versus Canada and Costa Rica would be futile and that he needed to focus on this last game? Will there be a surprise tomorrow? Let's hope so.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 30, 2022, 03:45:48 PM »
I didnít want to sound like a sore loser but when I saw Jamaica struggled to beat a 9-man Haitian team, I knew they were going to be in trouble with DR, which actually dominated Haiti in a friendly. I had no doubt El Salvador would lose to DR and Haiti was on a path to meet them in the quarterfinals. From a Haitian perspective, it would be a big embarrassment to lose to them in an international tournament! Loll

Anyway, this DR saga confirms that nothing beat good and proper preparation. Itís not about the names Ölike being Jamaica, Haiti, or Trinidad. You donít prepare, you lose! Simple as that. They followed the Haitian model and opened a youth football academy where their youth players continuously get trained. The clubs from their national league have dominated CFU for the past few years. Theyíre on their way to become a serious contender in CONCACAF.

Itís true other minnows have made some noise then disappear like Antigua with Peter Byersí generation, Puerto Rico with the Islanders, and currently CuraÁao with a golden generation of imported players. Those are obviously short-lived successes. Powerful CuraÁao has weak youth and women teams which means that their current status is not based on having a solid football foundation.

DR is different. They have a good foundation and I can only see them getting stronger and stronger. Some Haitians are saying that DR is strong because they have many Haitians playing in their clubs and even this U20 team has Haitian players. Yeah right! Those players live in the DR, they play football in the DR, they choose to play for the DRÖ so they are Dominicans, at least when it comes to football!

In conclusion, being named Jamaica, Haiti, or Trinidad is not enough to make other teams wet their pants. You must be able to back it up and THAT requires a good deal of preparation.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: June 26, 2022, 08:01:02 AM »
Heads up! I watched Costa Rica dominated and beat Haiti 2-1 last night. They are no joke. Any team that can dominate and beat Haiti with all those high performers playing in France is a real contender. Trinidad will have a tough time versus Costa Rica.

In my opinion, Trinidad will need to beat Panama and fight hard for a point from either Canada or Costa Rica. not an easy task considering Costa Rica's level and Canada being the defending Olympic champion.

Although Group A is the group of death, I believe the Caribbean has a good chance to send another member to the world cup through this group. Haiti and Jamaica will play last. I am hoping that at least one of the two will earn a point from USA or Mexico. A tall task but it happened before. In this scenario, the team with no point should just play its subs and let the other Caribbean team grab the qualification. Central American teams do this all the time. A team is not required to play specific players. Of course, if both teams still have a chance to qualify, it's war!

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 26, 2022, 07:33:40 AM »
Why was Gil benched? Also, why Bailey started. He seemed either tired or injured.

It was a weird strategy to go full defensive versus a Costa Rica team that struggled so far to score goals. Is Mr. Eve the coach of the senior national team as well? The level of football in the region has improved a lot. You now need more than just quality players to win games in CONCACAF.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Women's Championship Thread
« on: June 23, 2022, 01:51:25 PM »
Wow! Staff = 12? That's interesting. Good luck.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 22, 2022, 12:14:21 PM »

Someone in here said they really dont see Mexico dismantling this T&T team. He said this T&T team too good.  Who was that truehaitian?

 :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Good at what exactly??

Mexico will do the same against Haiti

Haiti next!

I believe I made a comment suggesting that both Haiti and Trinidad had a chance to advance and possibly qualify. My comment had these conditions: Mexico plays at USA level (this comment was made before Mexico's first game) AND Haiti and Trinidad fix their defense issues.

Obviously, Mexico has a much stronger U20 team than USA and Trinidad/Haiti still having defense issues. Haiti, for instance, saw its defense exposed by Suriname yesterday.

In the case of Trinidad, the team started the game well then for no apparent reason everyone pulled back ceding the midfield to Mexico. If Trinidad challenged Mexico in the midfield the result would have probably been much different. AT least the score wouldn't be 5-0, for sure.

Will they beat Haiti 5-0 or more? With Haiti's defense issues, it is possible. However, bear in mind Haiti does not want to finish 3rd, which will place it in USA's path. The first and 2nd teams in this group F have a realistic chance to reach the semifinals and qualify for the WC but the 3rd place finisher is doomed. So, I expect Haiti to do its best versus Mexico.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 21, 2022, 09:29:19 AM »
I see Edouard Vorbe. I assume he is related to Philippe Vorbe, former Haitian captain of the 70s.

They are one but large family in the Port-au-Prince area. At 75, Philippe is probably everyone's uncle or great uncle in the family. He wasn't the only member of the Vorbe family who played for Haiti in the 70s. The family is like a football academy. There is always a Vorbe ready to join the national team. They own Violette AC.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 19, 2022, 06:48:28 PM »
Based on all the matches I have watched so far, I believe both Trinidad and Haiti were pretty good despite that both teams need to work on their defense. Haiti was more technical in the midfield but Trinidad was very good in attack. If Mexico plays at the same level USA played the other day, it is possible that one of these two teams may make it to the semi.

Don't be too hard on the kids.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 19, 2022, 08:40:14 AM »
AG is no joke. I was impressed with their discipline despite the loss. I wonít be surprise if they upset either Haiti or Trinidad, especially Haiti which is only taking part in the competition because CONCACAF wonít allow them to withdraw.

Cuba has an impressive U20 team that will probably become a force in CFU in the next few years IF they donít flee the island.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 18, 2022, 03:50:07 PM »
Marvin Waldrop: U20s ready to battle at Concacaf Champs
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newday).

Waldrop said the players are ready to give their all.

ďThe boys willing to give their blood, sweat and tears for the country. We determined, we have the grit and we hoping to make everybody at home proud.Ē

Blood, sweat, and tears! Sounds hard  ;D. Just play good football.

Football / Re: 2022 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: June 14, 2022, 05:58:21 PM »
Haiti playing mas with Guyana in these opening minutes. Doh miss de highlight reel. If this is a C team ... Hmmm!

Guyana settled somewhat, but were eventually undone by a searching diagonal individual run with the ball (right flank to the left top of the D) accompanied by a foul that was sought across the face of the defender's body. That led to a free kick that hit the right upright ... being converted by a trailing player on the rebound directed to the left. All happened a few minutes before HT.

A bit naive by some of the defending Guyanese players as there was a failure to consider that offside would not apply to secondary movement. Good goal.

This match is unlikely to end as drastically as the previous one, but GT has to change a thing or two to get anything from this match.

6-0 is more drastic than 6-2 :). It must have been very hot. Haitian and Guyanese players seem like fish in hot water. Very slow pace.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 03, 2022, 07:38:33 AM »
Haiti U20 is out of the tournament. No local league this year.

And it took the FHF, how long to come to that realization? Why an announcement now?

They were probably waiting for a possible payday. The FHF and some other associations rely on govís money and participation fees from CONCACAF. Thatís how officials usually get paid and enjoy perks such as free travel and hotels etc. My guess is that they eventually failed to get funding from the government because of the poor showing of the U20 womenís team due to lack of preparation. There has been no official football competitions in Haiti since last year and the academy where youth teams usually train has been closed.

Football / Re: Men's U-20 Football Team Thread.
« on: June 02, 2022, 07:01:59 PM »
Haiti U20 is out of the tournament. No local league this year.

Football / Re: Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« on: March 07, 2022, 01:31:57 PM »
So, in conclusion here is CONCACAF finding:

"After due examination of this case, which included clear evidence that the club did not meet its responsibility of ensuring visa applications were made within the required time to participate in the competition, the Committee has established that Cavaly AS infringed articles 4.1.4 (applying for visas within the required time), 4.4 (participating clubs) and 7.2 (withdrawal, unplayed matches and abandoned matches) of the Competition Regulations. Therefore, and in accordance with articles 21 (Concacaf Disciplinary Committee) and 7.3.2 (fines in case of withdrawal), the club has been imposed an undisclosed fine.
Furthermore, in accordance with article 7.5.4, the Committee has disqualified the Haitian club from taking part in any Concacaf Club Competition for the next two years

So, I trust that the investigation was fair and that the club truly violated said rule. I am hoping that they would employ the same dilligence when clubs from USA, Canada, and Mexico violate their rules.

That being said, I do believe like Maxg and Asylumseeker suggested, there might be more to the story than what was said. CONCACAF went as far as to ask the club to return US$140,000 in addition to paying an extra US$30,000 penalty fees! It could be that CONCACAF believe the club officials purpotedly failed to secure visas for the players in order to pocket the prime money!

Caribbean football 101!

Football / Re: 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Thread
« on: February 28, 2022, 11:00:13 AM »
Not as far-fetched as it sounds. Pack the back and play Serrant up front with instructions to shoot on goal whenever possible. Based on what I see, I think she has the speed and power to surprise Canada. A win by any margin will fullfill the first part of the deal.

The second part of the deal is far more likely. St Kitts actually has a weak defense. A 6-0 win for El Salvador is not impossible.

In this scenario, TT would finish 3rd and qualified with 3pts and -7goal while St Kitts would be eliminated with 3pts and -8goal.

So, TT just need to win and hope for a lopsided victory by any of the other two teams.

Football / Re: 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Thread
« on: February 28, 2022, 07:26:28 AM »
How many goals/what result against Canada + result of El Salvador defeating St. Kitts Nevis would be needed for T&T to move on? Ah too jaded to do the calculation.

Your best bet is to beat Canada ideally by 7 goals and hope that the El Salvador-St Kitts match does not end in a draw. If you win by any score less than 7, you will need El Salvador to win by your score minus 7. For a St Kitts victory, it should be your score minus 8.

This is a very tall order, especially with the goalkeepers you have. Canada will shoot!

Football / Re: Women Warriors Thread
« on: February 19, 2022, 09:03:56 AM »
Nica was probably the strongest rival in this group. The rest should be a breeze

Football / Re: Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« on: February 19, 2022, 08:59:15 AM »
Very true.

Football / Re: Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« on: February 18, 2022, 02:01:01 PM »
I have yet to hear Caribbean sporting authority lobby for redress, pronounce on the grievance or act meaningfully to blunt CONCACAF's lack of mitigation. Not a single voice over the years.

asylum, very true!!!! CFU is a real impotent or "don't really care" football organization.

Agreed with both of you. Whereas countries are not going to change their visa policies, the burden to offer an alternative venue should always be on the host team. CONCACAF could have asked NE Rev to play those games in Mexico or DR.

Football / Re: Women Warriors Thread
« on: February 17, 2022, 01:19:32 PM »
Trinidad leading 1-0

Football / Re: Concacaf Champions League Thread.
« on: February 17, 2022, 11:10:35 AM »
If we thought the Olympic qualifying experience of Haiti's Olympic team was tragic, the experience of Arcahaie FC is worse. Covid, runaway players and a GK who didn't travel who claims his passport got soaked. The first two are what they are ... But that 3rd item tempts suspicion.

And the "drama" of that opening goal.

Sadly, Cavaly de Leogane has just learnt what it means to be a caribbean club, and especially one from Haiti.

Funny how CONCACAF rewards NE Revolution for the US refusal to grant entry visas to the Cavaly players! I would believe if the host country refuses to grant visas to the players of a visiting team, CONCACAF should require the host team to seek alternative venues for the games. NE Rev should have forfaited, not Cavaly.

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Mexico (10-Jul-2021)
« on: July 10, 2021, 10:40:02 AM »
Take the loss and use this game for experimenting. Try switching up the formation. Try players in different positions. See what works. Then use this information to beat El Salvador and Guatemala.

BTW. Guatemala has it out for us. Any fck up, and they go smell blood and punish us.

The Mexico match must be approached like a must-win game because the second position will likely come down to goal differences. Be competitive versus Mexico, then get points from both El Salvador and Guatemala. So, instead of accepting the fate, play to score versus Mexico and force them to allocate resources in the back by fighting for every inch in the midfield and covering the flanks. That is how central American teams are usually able to limit the damages when playing Mexico. They don't just go defensive and hope that Mexico will respect their personal space! :)

If this game versus Mexico is kept at a respectable score, then surviving this group becomes a reality. Guatemala is a weak team. I can see a victory over the Guatemalans. The fight for second place is really between T&T and El Salvador, which is why the game versus Mexico is so important even if it results in a loss.

On a second note, forget everything. Just beat Mexico and everyone else, problem solved! :)

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs French Guiana(06-Jul-2021)
« on: July 04, 2021, 09:25:04 AM »
On a different note, I think I would like to remind you guys that all these Gold Cup games are live on PrendeTV. It is an app you can download to your phone, roku, etc. I watched all the GC prelims there. You may want to have this app especially if TT qualifies.

Football / Re: Fire Terry Fenwick
« on: June 06, 2021, 09:04:56 AM »
I know what the problem is here, you all sit down every weekend with your barca, Chelsea and Man united jerseys and watch top class billion dollar industry football leagues with the best players and coaches money can buy, you donít support a port vale, a luton town, Bristol rovers, colchester, grimsby town, not even a blackburn rovers.

you donít know what itís like to be real fans, to follow your supporter base to the pub for a pint carrying your flags and blowing horns with your banners and flags waving and singing team songs of valor and chants of encouragement all the way to the park, then your team loses their home game to a team we had no business losing to. then we go back to the pub to vent and drown our sorrows until next week when we do it all over again with a hardcore traveling contingent.

Then the season is over and we survived relegation and plans are on the way on how to make the team, the firm/fanbase and the park even more efficient. people volunteer their time and give back to their clubs be it in    community service to the academy or donations in whatever way. you people in trinidad donít even attend pro league games, itís beneath you. imagine a big league cup final and the stadium is like a ghost town, and had it not been for the school children being bussed in the SSFL finals would be pathetic. So what football fans are you?

You all sit by your TV and watch big money football and wants to see the same performance from lads that would struggle to make a championship league team....well with the exception of jovin, telfer, molino and Aubrey david, the rest of the lads are at best league two quality.

BTW Aubrey david is a beast, canít believe how much he has improved, but seriously though, we just donít have the quality right now, but we can still be fans and support the team instead of tearing down the coach, and only after three games in charge? Itís nonsensical.

Jesus Christ not this rubbish? where do trinis get off thinking that we are somehow entitled to roll over teams and play a pristine brand of football like brazil? the reality is that we are no longer producing players like before, and to make thing worst there is zero dollars being spend on football, what do you people want?

Hmm. Isn't winning the whole point of playing other national teams? I think you should want and expect your team to win, especially against others that are clearly weaker by most metrics.

Football / Re: 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers
« on: March 23, 2021, 12:19:11 PM »
Haiti's bench is still thin with just 5 additional players and no substitute goalie. However, the trap was set to catch Canada rushing in. The Canadians avoided yet another setback from Haiti.

I think Haiti is favored to beat EL Salvador but this may be too little too late as Canada and Honduras are likely to settle for a low score or worse, a draw making the Haiti vs. El Salvador match nearly irrelevant.

Football / Re: 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers
« on: March 19, 2021, 09:26:26 PM »
Pretty sad considering Haiti does not have a COVID issue really. Mexico (host) and Honduras do. Yet it is Haiti who ended up playing with 10 players due to Covid.

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