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Football / Uprising El Salvador / Warriors Match Report
« on: August 15, 2008, 08:34:08 AM »
Forumites - I am trying a ting here please doh compare mih to our resident Match Report expert - Sir "Touches" Esq.

With that out of the way, I must open by saying that we need to continue to support OUR team! - I am very proud of what I witnessed last night at RFK Stadium - The fellas made us proud ..for the most part ...some players on display were clearly not of International calibre and are just not ready (we will get into that later)

When I arrived at RFK (~ 7:15p) ... I was shocked to see how badly outnumbered the T&T contingent was by the ES crowd.  I thought to myself "Nah! -dis cyar be Trinis must be around de corner or assembled somewhere else ..because dis cyar be it" ...yuh  seeing two three red jersey over so ..another  two three dong dey...couple flags ..couple bandana ...

Proceed to find a parking spot in lot 8 and all de ES drunk already and carrying on .. so I studying..if / when de Warriors win dis I getting my car out of here ... because I park deep deep in de middle of a ES section.  Anyhow ah lock mih doors ...say ah quik prayers ...cause de car lil new still... and proceed to de stadium..nice lil walk but ah in hand ...warm up jes finish by de time ah reach inside.

Bam - sit down ...pan around de stadium and realize dat yes .... we outnumbered bad bad was like de movie -300- ... it might ironic if it was actually 300 of us out of the reported 28000 people in  attendance.... but dat 300 make rell rell noise...and conduct weself properly especially considering dat ES do rell sh_t wit de bottle pelting and runnin on de field and all dat...

The Game:
Trinidad lineup in a 4-1-3-2 - with Leon sitting in front of the back 4 and Theo, Daniel and Hyland in front of him.  Glen and Toussaint up front.  We looked purposeful in de earlies and were looking to settle in and play some ball.  The tactics were made clear within the 1st 10 mins that Trinidad were not going to pressure high and allow ES to knock the ball around in their own half and in midfield - we would retreat and apply ball pressure about 40 yards out - look to win the ball and play counter attacking football.  OK ah could live with that ... but not WHOLE game??!!

The defense was organised in that the spacing was good, but the formation allowed for way too much room on the flanks, so the wide ES players were able to serve balls into the box or swtich the field with one pass, under most often, no durress.  The left mid (#17) for ES was terrorizing Cyd, who looked either roast, old or injured... this was ES best player on the night and was always going to be the player to score for them.  Very comfortable on the ball and always looked dangerous going forward.  His goal was well struck and ES executed to perfection.

To our credit we defended well and limited them to only a few clear cut opportunities.  The best saves our keeper had to make were from deflected clearances from our defenders.  ES players were generally better technically than us...but any player would look good when not under pressure.  It would have been good to see Maturana mix things up occasionally, by moving his line of pressure.  Because when pressured (late) in the game - the ES back 4 looked shaky. Trinidad's defensive tactics were what you would expect from a team playing a man down - very little risk, compact and limited excessive movement ..which is OK..but it relies on defenders winning their individual battles.

Offensively, I was disappointed by the movement off the ball and the overall movement of our forwards.  Toussaint seemed disinterested and never really seemed to get engaged in the game.  He did some things well.. but at this level, more is required. The crowd was calling for his sub after 10 minutes... after two poor touches and no defensive effort.  He was playing as if his spot is booked in the side when the FB are available. No way! Glen, did not see opportunities to run into space or check back to the outside backs to recieve the ball, he spent most of his time posting up the central defenders..who muscled him off the ball..  his 2nd half was better than the 1st.  There always seemed to be too much of a gap between the mids and fwds ..and it was in that gap that ES kept winning the ball.

A point that must be made clear is that is very evident that our players are playing to instructions.  They almost look programmed and to be lacking ideas sometimes..but it is clear that they are trying to execute the coaches instructions.  Which is not an entirely bad thing..because it breeds discipline ..a trait that we have not always had..HOWEVER..a coach must recognize a players strengths and showcase them as well, while maintaining that discipline. 

Our movement off the ball was not there consistently..which says that the players do not understand supporting angles and timing of runs.  That is because all 10 field players are not equally proficient the thinking is.. "I am not going to run off the ball..because WHEN we lose it..the run back will be that much instead, I will hold my ground here and leave the player on the ball to figure it out" - that is not international football - The coach has to find players that have this understanding and that are technically proficient..which means that they are fundamentally sound (trapping, passing and receiving), can read the game and are physically fit.   So from this point on ..if you do not have those attributes..your opportunities to represent the Trinidad & Tobago National team, should be slim to none.  A Standard must be established...

Player Evals:

Keeper - 5, Shaky

Cyd - 5 .... something is not right with he injured? ..a speedy winger will mash him up

Edwards - 5 ... seemed too dainty ... his distribution out of the back was poor.  Showed his inexperience by giving up the foul that lead to the ES goal...nice late run forward to setup last goal...

Central defenders - 7.5, were strong in the challenge and played to their limitations..never really got caught out..need to work on clearing the any direction other than on goal!

Hyland - 8, the fella could play..was the best TT player in the 1st half.  It only takes a few touches to see the men that have IT and the ones that dont...Hyland does..Toussaint does NOT

Theobald - 7, got better as the game progressed...deserved the full 90... is not going to be our defensive midfield so mid, so as an attacking mid needs to offer more going forward.

Daniel - 7.5, good on the ball and could make the squad when the FB come in.  But again, must be more of a threat going forward..but a player to keep.

Leon - 6, did not really have an influence on the game...plugged the middle when he had too..but the flanks were so wide open that ES took advantage of that and never really threatened down the middle.  Do not really see him playing ahead of Whitley, Hyland or Birchall.

Toussaint - 5, 45 minutes was plenty - had me convinced that at 34 and 200 lbs... I deserve a call up to this team!  - this fella cannot be one of our better local forwards..ah cyar believe dat.

Glen - 7, 2 well taken goals..deserves to be in the squad..but comes off the bench to play up front or play him on the flank in midfield.  He is not a target player, and his movement of the ball needs work.  Must be trained accordingly.  Seems to be on a star boy kinda must lose that attitude, put his head down and continue to work hard.  Did well in the 2nd half.

Subs - 6, OK real contribution... nice goal by Wolfe..a touch was all he needed ..the service from Edwards was top class....

Coaching staff - 6, this is my 1st game seeing Pacho's tactics live...and I was left wondering if he is up to the task.  Trinidad players have a flair and pinache that needs to integral to our football - I just did not see that last night.  I saw players afraid to make mistakes and to take risks.... gone are the days of attacking football?? ...say it aint so!!!... 

We need to find;
2 defensive mids that are pitbulls in the midfield, that would allow the other 4 offensive players the freedom to attack

2 wing backs that can defend, initiate the attack and get forward,

2 wingers with pace and ability to get down the line and around the corner..

a target striker, with a mobile striker playing off of him..both of whom could finish....

Players from ES game that should be in the 18 for Cuba:
Hyland (should start), Daniel (should start), Theobald, Glen, Central Defenders


Football / Name your strongest Foreign Based XI vs Local Based XI
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:55:31 AM »
For the real ball peongs and Forum experts! (I can claim the 1st title NOT the 2nd!!...I am a peong fuh life!!)

Can you select a top 11 Foreign based and a top 11 Local team?  Based on mainly current form and overall ability to play INTERNATIONAL football.  How would that 22 rate against the Big 3??

Do we consider MLS/USL as foreign or local??

Football / Most UNDERRATED Players?
« on: August 31, 2006, 11:10:51 AM »
More perspective here..who do we see as the men that go unheralded?

Essien .. (there was need for Chelsea to bring Ballack)
Gerrard ..ask Whitley bout he
Eto'o ..
Ze Roberto .. surprised more big clubs en runnin him down..he was Brazil OVP  (Only valuable Player)
Russell Latapy .. 20 mins??????

Football / Ban For Life!!!!!!!!
« on: August 25, 2006, 02:50:43 PM »
This is the kinda ting dat FIFA need to eliminate..right after they address the racism in football...steupppsss!!

The man have a history too??????   Take away he boots!!!!!!!,,2002390000-2006390374,00.html

Football / Youth Football Camps in Trini?
« on: May 17, 2006, 09:03:04 AM »

We are sending our soon to be 8yr old to Trini this summer (July / Aug).  Can anyone recommend any camps that he could attend, close to or in POS? 
Preferably football / multi-sport (to include some swimming etc) ..

I know they (Perkins) used to run camps at Serpentine Rd.  are they still doing that? What about LaFoucade camp?

Help ah brudda out please..


« on: April 18, 2006, 02:50:46 PM »

Uprising 5 (jes off the top of my head):

Ronaldinho - killer, vision, touches fuh days
Riquelme - vision, will embarrass yuh ... might be maradona son!
Rooney - pitbull (nuff said)
Eto'o - complete striker
Deco - great decisions in the middle

Remember the term "Top" is relative folks ...doh leh we get too nasty!!

Football / Flex..Tallman a lil guidance please?
« on: February 01, 2006, 11:46:44 AM »

I am coaching a U15 boys "Premier" team and want to make a case for bringing them down to Trinidad (maybe summer) to play some friendlies and clinics. 

If you have an email or something that I could reach Lincoln with that would be great, because he is the man with the plan.  Really in tune with developing the youth and gaining exposure for the country..

My side..

Is a newly formed 'independent team'..notice the team colors eh... straight Red Black and White!!!

If you all (or anybody reading this) can give a lil guidance that would be cool if not, is all good.

Went on TTFF website looking for that info an could not find it..shame on me ...should have come here first!


Football / When yuh small yuh small .. say wha
« on: December 08, 2005, 10:00:26 AM »
I suppose we have to start somewhere...

From Fox Sports:

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira says he hopes his team ducks difficult opponents in Friday's World Cup draw to avoid the fate of France and Argentina in 2002.

Brazil is heavily favored to win next year's tournament in Germany, but four years ago in South Korea and Japan favorites Argentina and France were eliminated in the group stage.

"We will hope that not-so-strong adversaries are drawn to Brazil's group," Parreira, in Leipzig to watch the draw, told the Brazilian Soccer Confederation's Web site. "It would be good to avoid what happened to Argentina and France in 2002."

Brazil "will need the same luck as in 2002 to avoid strong adversaries," read a headline in the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper. "Brazil could face Portugal or the Netherlands in the early stages."

Brazil drew China, Costa Rica and Turkey at the 2002 World Cup.

"A complicated scenario would put Brazil in a group against the Netherlands, Serbia-Montenegro and Australia," the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper said. "But it also could fall into a 'joke group' with Switzerland, Togo and Trinidad and Tobago."

Football / Latas worse performance: Nov12th or Nov19th?
« on: November 14, 2005, 11:06:32 AM »
1st let me say .. Latas is TT best ever in my opinion ..
2nd Bahrain did their homework ...#10 and #14 en make ah note..
3rd .. Me-mum goal going down as BETTER than Jamerson bullet ... why?.. he took a poor pass from Edwards and had picture perfect technique smashing dat ball in the back ah de net..

4th ...Whitley M.O.T.M
5th .. Edwards need to cut een instead of dancing down the wing and then giving away possession ..GO TO GOAL Carlos!

6th .. Beene worse game tactically so far!  ..still a boss ..but showed that he is human .. obviously did not have a plan B for if Latas and Yorke do not perform ..

7th .. How de Ass a 4ft tall Bahraini outjump Lawrence and Dog (actually they did NOT jump) to score a HEADER ...a bullet ok ah understand..but a HEADER dred?!??!

Latas game sat remind me of how he was completely a non-factor on Nov19th ..Thanks brethren ..we still alive!

FAQ & Crew Meet Up. / DC Warriors - SAT GAME LIME - BE THERE!
« on: November 04, 2005, 01:25:05 PM »
NOV 12th - Match

All who in de DC/VA/MD/DE area and looking for a decent lime ...BIG SCREEN ... VIBES ... FOOD... DRINKS ...

Lucky Bar
1221 Connecticut Ave., NW, near DuPont Circle and Farragut N. Metro

This is a fund raising effort benefiting AIDS Research @ DC Childrens Hospital. 
NO COVER CHARGE REQUIRED !! $10 cash or check (AIDS Marathon - DC) donations will be appreciated at the door and throughout the night !!   :applause:

Let's have a good time for a good cause  :angel:.  VIBES IT UP!!


Football / WC06 Schedule: Useful to Have
« on: October 27, 2005, 12:41:59 PM »
Not trying to put the cart before the horse...but it does not hurt to plan right? Where would TnT be based? God willing and once we handle our stories..

Go Brave! Go Warriors!

Football / Oh Dear What Can the Matter Be? ...
« on: October 25, 2005, 08:51:06 AM »
As a Saints man ...have to take mih little shot at Fatima...hard luck..

Well done 'Compre!!!

Football / Americas Champions League
« on: October 18, 2005, 01:48:48 PM »
Pure entertainment and fund raising for the victims of the natural disasters in Central and North America? 

As the Guinness commercials say...BRILLIANT (idea)! :applause:

Who making those teams?

Concacaf XI?
Conmebol XI?

Sepp Blatter and Uncle Jack yuh know how tuh reach mih...all ah want is a few tickets (fuh me, mih familly and SOME EX TT Nationals) ..and a cooler of Stag!

Football / Top (Hex) Player in CONCACAF
« on: October 18, 2005, 01:28:42 PM »
Just to keep the ting light...

Football / Stern John .. my apologies sir!
« on: October 13, 2005, 06:24:54 AM »
Stern must be complimented for his resolve last night in being a leader, with his efforts on that pitch last night!  A night to remember.. you have come a long way from the player that would get vex and carry on when you were subbed in a games months back.. true LEADER out there last night..

I am not a professional footballer I am an I have no business being critical of your, like me and all of us of this forum, love T & T and do you best for your T& you and the team deserve 100% SUPPORT from the fans, nothing else...


All the best to you all as you represent the country and also continued success at your respective clubs...

Uprising out! 

Football / BEST XI..
« on: October 12, 2005, 07:15:16 AM »
I agree with the suggestion that Jones should start on the left instead of Theobald, he has the work rate to get it done from the start.  Scotland could be the first forward off the bench. 

If Whitley could hold down the middle with Yorke, then I think Birchall should play right back..we know he will put in his best effort and is versatile / professional enough to make the adjustment..

Leh we go wit ...

Birchall        Andrews         Lawrence       Avery

Edwards         Whitley        Yorke         Jones


Dat WITHOUT A DOUBT is the BEST XI we have....let's go Warriors..

Football / Warriors MUST Tackle well..
« on: October 11, 2005, 12:23:51 PM »
I think Mexico is disrupted with physical play.  The US is physical with them and so too was Jamaica in the Gold Cup.  Once the fellas are disciplined but committed in their tackling and don't dive in, that could help contain the Mexican passing game.  They seemed very intimidated by the physical play of the jamaicans. 

I might get pong for this but, if we can have an aggressive performance like the JA squad - but disciplined - we will do well...WE CANNOT BACK DOWN -- GO GET THE 3pts..!

Football / Pressure? What Pressure?
« on: October 05, 2005, 08:36:17 AM »
"Here in CONCACAF, the pressure is squarely on Trinidad & Tobago. If the Soca Warriors can win in Panama, they stand a chance of knocking Guatemala out of the playoff spot. Guatemala plays at Mexico, taking a one-point lead over T&T into the match. The final pairings on October 12 have T&T home to Mexico and Guatemala hosting Costa Rica."

Do or die time we say game on the line..chance to qualify for the World Cup...BIG PLAYERS MUST MAKE BIG PLAYS!

Football / Trinidad / Bahrain / Uzbek Ranked real close..interesting
« on: September 26, 2005, 03:02:09 PM »
Anybody notice this...Fifa Rankings

Bahrain ... 53rd
Trinidad ... 56th
Uzbek ... 57th,2548,All-Sep-2005,00.html

Let's just hope we get to that point. 


Football / Soca Warriors (Forum) Fete Match Team??
« on: September 21, 2005, 02:19:49 PM »
With all the ballers, ex-ballers and wanna bee ballers on this forum should have a fete match team playing in one of (I'm sure) many fete match leagues down home...with all the creative men (and women) on this site, I am sure somebody could coordinate that.. So when the foreign base forumites come thru we could get a lil run too.. Imagine over time it could be a nice lil scene??  Any thoughts? 

With all the stupidness men posting lately (how much you would pay for ah boots!! :rotfl:), I expect some decent response to this...

Football / Seriously, Who should the back 4 be?
« on: September 19, 2005, 11:52:32 AM »
The defense has been a bit inconsistent so may need fine tuning...if we have 6 healthy defenders, who should start?  Who would be the most cohesive unit? 

I must say that the beat that Cox got against CR (for the 1st goal) the worst defending I have seen in a while (at ANY LEVEL) ...all in all he had a decent game..did what was asked of him I suppose....

Who is our best back 4?  I put that question to the forum xperts...sorry Andre..THIS is the ? of the day!


Warriors right tru!!!!

Football / DC /MD /DE Warriors Unite - Lime Tomorrow
« on: September 02, 2005, 11:26:06 AM »
Look 3 options.  Leh we coordinate so we could have a nice lil lime nah?  3 or 4 of us coming down from Delaware so we could link wherever people decide on.  These 3 places all within bout 20 minutes ah each other dais no scene...

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Football / Prayers go out to those affected by Katrina..
« on: August 31, 2005, 07:50:31 AM »
Any Trinis we know down there?

Football / Game showing anywhere in Philly??
« on: August 31, 2005, 07:47:59 AM »
Anybody know if the game is showing anywhere in Philadelphia?  I am a die hard, so I will drive down to DC, but from Delaware Philly is half hour vs. 2 hrs to DC and gas eh cheap these days..

Football / What an insult!
« on: July 29, 2005, 11:24:31 AM »
"...U.S. coach Bruce Arena has only days to pick a line-up from a now injury-stricken pool. But the lucky break is facing CONCACAF lightweight Trinidad and Tobago at home..."

The Warriors are getting absolutely NO RESPECT.. question is ..should they?

Football / Juan Roman Riquelme Best in the World?
« on: July 14, 2005, 01:37:47 PM »
Any takers?  The man is nice on the ball good decisions and around the goal looks like he could score everytime..

Plus he resemble Maradona..

Football / Any Forumites in Minnesota??
« on: July 12, 2005, 09:02:40 AM »
I am travelling to Blaine Minnesota this weekend with my U14 team for the Schwan USA Cup.  Was wondering if anyone could direct a brudda to any nite spots (preferably west indian) that ah could hit afterhours, when man not on de sideline coaching these youths.

I tink Blaine is located between the Twin Cities (St. Paul/Minneapolis)


« on: July 11, 2005, 12:47:57 PM »

Football / Who bringing de Tassa up in CT?
« on: June 29, 2005, 02:34:39 PM »
People allyuh know that we have to have a Tassa man up in Hartford?  De combo of Tassa, drums and iron would be pure pandemonium!


General Discussion / De Punch en Want Nuttin!!!!!!!!
« on: May 25, 2005, 01:00:39 PM »

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