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Football / ID Soccer Camp with Luis Boa Morte
« on: April 21, 2015, 01:11:31 PM »
Is you son 14-18 years old and interested in playing in Portugal?

Train with former Portugese & Arsenal FC standout, Luis Boa Morte, and earn the chance to get a tryout with the youth academy of Sporting Club De Portugal.



Kingman

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Football / FC Twente Trials
« on: March 19, 2014, 03:28:36 PM »
Are you 15, 16 or 17 years old? Do you think you have what it takes to play in the top leagues in Europe? Are you willing to prove that you are?

I am close friends with a mate who coached top division in Bulgaria, Turkey and 3rd liga Germany. He is close friends with an scout from FC Twente, whom is putting together a showcase in June, this year.

FC Twente plays in the Dutch Eredivisie (currently 2nd), is looking for good young players and develops them into young pros.

If interested, please PM me.


Kingman


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Football / TTFF Coaches
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:17:38 AM »
Of all the Trinidad & Tobago coaches (U-15 upward), does anyone of them hold a 'A' license? If yes, who?
(Besides Anton Corneal)

I recognized that the TTFF don't offer the 'B' license or higher (only up to 'C' and the waiting list for that long from now until god come).

Can anyone shed some light?


Kingman

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Football / Thank God for the Japanese
« on: August 06, 2010, 08:32:53 PM »
So I have been looking at some of the CFU and Concacaf games and was very impressed with Yu.

I don't know what brought Yu Hoshide to T & T Pro-League or who brought him, but THANK GOD he is on that Joe Public team. He makes the world of a difference.

He is hands down the best midfielder in the pro league. He is smooth like baby bottom on the ball and makes top class decisions. His presence on the field is huge. He will always find a pass that will lead to another pass and then a goal or set it up himself. Not to mention how deadly he is on set pieces.

Any more Japanese to Trinidad? The league needs them.

Kingman

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Football / Demmin attempts record
« on: April 21, 2010, 09:19:46 PM »
Demmin Helping Kids
All League defender to break Guinness World Record



CLINTON, MS - Dwyane Demmin has long been regarded as a great soccer player, and a great coach. He has competed at the highest level of soccer by playing for his home country of Trinidad and Tobago. Demmin has also played the last three seasons for Mississippi Brilla FC in the Premier Development League, earning All-League and All-Conference honors. He is also the current boy’s soccer coach at St. Joe Catholic High School in Madison, MS. He has led the Bruins to six of the last nine Mississippi State Championships and has earned the MHSAA Coach of the year honors on multiple occasions.

DemminOn May 1 Demmin will unify the soccer community through “Kids Helping Kids”. All proceeds of the event will go to benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, MS.

“Every day hundreds of kids are able to be involved in the game of soccer,” said Demmin. “We are blessed to be able to play, and to participate in this great sport. However, not too far down the road from us, many children are battling very hard in something far more important than the game of soccer…they are battling in the game of life.”

The event will focus on Demmin taking on the entire state in a juggling competition. For the past several months, Demmin has collected juggling records from youth soccer players all across Mississippi. On Saturday, May 1, Demmin will attempt to beat the state’s combined total of juggles. After beating the state’s score, he will continue juggling in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records of juggling for 24 hours straight.

The current record holder, Dan Magness from the United Kingdom, will be on hand for the event. Joining Magness at the event to entertain through freestyle juggling will be Charlotte Lade from Norway. Lade currently holds the record for the most Around the Worlds by a female.

There will also be a 3v3 tournament during the event. The tournament will be a qualifier for Walt Disney World’s National 3v3 tournament held in August.


Kingman

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Football / CFU Semi-Final Group Stage
« on: April 01, 2010, 06:57:57 AM »
Group E

Puerto Rico Islanders (PUR) Group E Winner
Racing (HAI)
Alpha United (GUY)


Group F

Tempete (HAI)
Bayamon (PUR)
Avenues United (VIN)


Group G    (Trinidad & Tobago ‐ Game Dates: 4/13, 4/15, 4/17)

San Juan Jabloteh (TRI)
River Plate (PUR)
Leo Victor (SUR)


Group H    (Trinidad & Tobago ‐ Game Dates: 4/13, 4/15, 4/17)

Joe Public (TRI)
Walking Boys (SUR)
System 3 (VIN)


Top teams from each group advance to final round of CFU (which will be held in Puerto Rico ‐ Dates: 5/4, 5/6, 5/8). The top 3 teams move on to Concacaf.


Kingman

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Football / Corneal says NO to Latapy
« on: February 06, 2010, 10:49:02 PM »
Corneal says no to Latapy as T&T coach
BRIDGETOWN



Outstanding former Trinidad and Tobago player Alvin Corneal believes Russell Latapy is not properly qualified as a coach and should not be reappointed to lead the Soca Warriors.

Corneal, himself a former national coach, argued 41-year-old Latapy was not equipped for the position and should not have been chosen on the basis that he was a successful player.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) are currently mulling over whether to reappoint Latapy as national coach, after the country’s failed 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign under his watch.

’It’s not personal really, Latas (Latapy) does not have a history of coaching, he’s never been to a coaching course. It is not true to believe that because you’re a good player, you become a good coach,’ Corneal told CMC Sports while in Barbados recently to conduct a FIFA coaching course.

’If you doubt me, ask Roy Keane, ask Paul Ince, ask Johnny Barnes, ask so many of the guys who have failed these guys have gone into it because they felt they were good players, they found out that they were wrong and it can’t work. This is the case with Russell as well.’

Latapy took over from the embattled Colombian Francisco Maturana last April after T&T stumbled their way to a 2-2 draw against El Salvador, a 1-1 stalemate with Honduras and a heavy 3-0 defeat to the United States.

The former national star, known affectionately as ’Little Magician’, fared little better at the helm, winning just one game while losing five and drawing one as T&T finished bottom of the six-team standings with six points.

Latapy, who previously represented Scottish Premiership side Falkirk as player/coach, was expected to sit down with the TTFF to discuss his future with the squad.

’A lot of people think that he has been coaching. He’s been a player/coach for Falkirk [but] look where they are, down second to last in the Scottish tables,’ said Corneal, who was capped 119 times for T&T in a career that yielded 69 goals.

’I was not an advocate of it (Latapy’s appointment) [then], I’m not now. I like Russell as a person, he’s a wonderful guy and he would have been one of the guys that every time we have a youth national team going out I would send him as an ambassador simply because he’s got the image, the kids adore him and he would be better put to service in that way.’

Latapy has had a decorated career as a player, representing Portuguese giants Porto and big Scottish clubs Glasgow Rangers and Hibernian with success.

One of the most talented players to come out of Trinidad and Tobago, Latapy was part of the squad which made their historic debut at the FIFA World Cup in Germany four years ago.

The 72-year-old Corneal contended that in selecting the new coach, authorities needed to take a measured, rational approach.

’I am saying if you want to select a coach, select him how you select somebody that you’re going to employ, put him on that test,’ Corneal advanced.

’Let’s see the practical side of him, let’s see the theoretical side of him, let’s see the human psychology side of him, let’s see how he’s going to perform.

’You do not select him on the basis that he was a good player, you select him on the basis that he’s qualified and we have a number of young coaches that could really be qualified to be coaches.’

He added: ’They may not be great in the first instance but we have four years so if you put them in the fray now and give them exposure all the time you may just about find a coach.’

Kingman

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Football / Joe Public lifts 2009 FA Trophy in dramatic style.
« on: December 10, 2009, 09:03:08 AM »
Joe Public lifts 2009 FA Trophy in dramatic style.
By: Randi Bando (ttproleague).


Bmobile Joe Public continued their scintillating season with a dramatic 3-2 victory over W Connection to win the 2009 FA Trophy on Wednesday night at the Marvin Lee Stadium.

Substitute Conrad Smith netted the winner in the 117th minute, after a W Connection own-goal in the 90th minute tied the match at 2-2 forcing the extra-time.

The FA Trophy is the fourth title won by Joe Public this season, following the Digicel Pro League, Big Six and Toyota Classic titles. The Derek King coached Lions could make it five later this week when they tackle Caledonia AIA of Morvant/Laventille in the Final of the Digicel Pro Bowl from 8pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Hopefully Friday's Pro Bowl Final against the defending champs Caledonia wouldn't be as tough as Wednesday's FA final against W Connection for the Lions.

Joe Public had an early 1-0 advantage when leading goalscorer Kerry Baptiste notched his 48th club item this season in the 15th minute beating Jan Michael Williams.

However Connection were back on level terms, and proving to be the perfect opponent on Wednesday after Clyde Leon netted past Alejandro Figueroa in the 37th minute for a 1-1 score.

Connection's continued pressure on the Lions paid off in the 80th minute when left wingback Joevin Jones whipped in a cross finding an unmarked Matthew Bartholomew who headed past Figueroa for a 2-1 advantage from the six yard.

Then came the kudos for the 29 yearold Joe Public rookie coach Derek King when late additions Gorean Highley and Conrod Smith stole the match from under Connection.

Joe Public levelled the scores 2-2 in the in the 90th minute thanks to an own goal by Edar Gilmar Aras who's diving header to clear substitute Gorean Highley's powerful cross, directed the ball into Jan Michael Williams' far netting sending the match into extratime--which is normal whenever Joe Public and Connection meet in a FA Final.

Four minutes inside extra time Trent Noel was denied by a brilliant save from Williams after unleashing a powerful leftfooted strike from the left as the two teams battled on.

In the 108th minute Connection's Andrei Pacheco had a clear sight at goal but failed beat Figueroa who made an excellent blockout.

Public then registered the winner through substitute Conrod Smith in the 117th minute who scored a spectacular goal netted into the far netting after pulling wide of two defenders to hook a shot beating Williams for a 3-2 victory, and the FA Trophy.

Joe Public 3-2 W Connection
Kerry Baptiste 15', Eder Gilmar Aras 90' (own goal), Conrad Smith 117' ; Clyde Leon 37', Matthew Bartholomew 80'

Joe Public--Alejandro Figueroa, Kerry Baptiste (capt.), Carlyle Mitchell, Seon Power, Keion Goodridge, Kareem Young (Gorean Highley 83rd), Jean Luc Rochford, Yu Hoshide, Trent Noel, Micah Lewis, Hayden Tinto.

Coach--Derek King.

W Connection--Jan Michael Williams, Elijah Joseph (capt.), Hughton Hector, Eder Gilmar Aras, Clyde Leon, Jonathan Frias (Igor Santos 90th+), Nickolson Thomas, Matthew Bartholomew (Andrei Pacheco), Christian Viveros, Joevin Jones, Gerard Williams.

Coach--Stuart Charles Fevrier.

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Football / Football In Brooklyn (New York City)
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:55:41 PM »
Hello All,

My friend is currently trying to start up a club and/or academy in New York (In particular Brooklyn).

He has an already established football company in Maryland and Miami.

However, I informed him that there is a lot of talented players in New York that grieve for quality football programs but is deprived the opportunity. So I recommended to him to look at Brooklyn to take his business.

Recognizing that Brooklyn is a under served community, my goal is to help him make the right connection to start the process of establishing a proper club and/or academy where players can reap the benefits of what his company has to offer (i.e. quality coaches, college opportunities, local tours, fun and learning environment)

Having said that, I need some help getting some background information on how football is structured and ran in New York City?

In addition, the answers to these questions would also help :

(1) Is field space an issue and is it expensive to rent?
(2) What leagues are out there?
(3) What age group do they start playing competitive football?
(4) Is it expensive?
(5) What leagues do players compete in?


If you know anyone who knows more about the structure of football in brooklyn and more so New York City, please send me a PM. Please direct any questions/concerns to me personally as well.

Thanks


Kingman


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Football / W-Connection VS Puerto Rico Islanders
« on: May 17, 2009, 09:02:53 AM »
Today, both CFU finalist meet at Center of Excellence from 6:30pm. Would anyone be going to give ball by ball coverage? Anyone would try to record the game to post some highlights? Any links?

Kingman

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Football / Trent leaves Oil Men
« on: May 09, 2009, 06:56:30 AM »
I was told that Trent Noel has now signed with Joe Public. He signed with the club this past week. Not sure what is the reason for him leaving United Petrotrin but the Eastern Lions are delighted to have him on board.

Kingman

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Football / McAllister lands USL 1 contract
« on: March 11, 2009, 04:29:08 PM »
Cleveland adds Joe Public's McAllister
Source:- Cleveland City Stars News Release


CLEVELAND, OH -- The Cleveland City Stars have signed midfielder Terrence McAllister after the Trinidad native's standout performance during February's international invite-only combine. McAllister joins the club from Trinidad's Joe Public, a participant in the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League. The deal is pending USL and USSF approval.

The combine was the first of its kind in the City Stars three year history and the benefits have been proven by the signing of McAllister.

"The signing of a player out of the invite combine is a success and we only hope to continue to build the program over the next few years," said Cleveland City Stars General Manager Mark Geissbauer. "Terrence brings some international experience and has played at a high level. We're really looking for him to play a big part in what we're doing this year, both on and off the field."

McAllister came to Cleveland with no expectations, looking only to make a positive impression on the coaching staff.

"Heading into the tryouts I had confidence in my ability but I didn't necessarily anticipate being signed," said McAllister. "I knew I would give it my best and if I was what the coaching staff was looking for, then I would be chosen."

The 24-year old has represented his country as a member of the Trinidad and Tobago U-17, U-20 and senior national teams. McAllister received 23 caps for the U-17 team and five caps with the U-20 team before being called up to the senior national team in January of 2008 where he started in a 2-1 defeat of Guyana.

McAllister has played professionally since 2002 with Joe Public FC in Trinidad and was a member of the club that defeated the MLS New England Revolution in the CONCACAF Champions League in September of 2008, but only saw action in the final two games of the Group Phase against Atlante (Mexico) and Olimpia (Honduras).

"I believe this is a great opportunity for me. I always wanted to play professionally outside of Trinidad and now that I will be getting that opportunity it is very exciting," said McAllister. "Joe Public was a wonderful organization to work for so I will miss the team and I hope to make them proud. I think there will be many players in Trinidad looking to me and other Trinidadian players who have recently signed with international teams as positive examples."

McAllister had been on the radar of the City Stars front office for some time, and when he became a free agent in 2009, McAllister was quickly invited to the combine.

"I knew about Terrence going in to the combine," said CCS Head Coach Underwood. "I had talked to some people that I trusted and they highly recommended him. He came in during that week and really lived up to expectations."

McAllister will look to build upon his success at the combine when he arrives in Cleveland this week to begin training with the club for the 2009 season.

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CITY STARS BEGIN PRE SEASON TRAINING

The City Stars pre season schedule kicked off this week at Brad Friedel's Premier Soccer Academy in Lorain, Ohio. The pro team is joined on the pre season roster by 12 trial players that are working towards the final roster spots.

The City Stars will cap off the second week of two-a-day training with an exhibition match in Rochester against the Rhinos on March 21st.

The team will leave the next day for a week-long trip to Cary, NC at the WakeMed Soccer Complex. While in North Carolina, the City Stars will face Campbell University and former USL-2 rival Charlotte Eagles in exhibitions from March 22nd through March 28th.

From Charlotte, the team will travel to Xenia, Ohio from March 30th through April 4th where the City Stars will train at the brand new Athletes in Action sports complex. While at AIA, the City Stars will face the University of Dayton in an exhibition.

The remainder of the exhibition season will be played against local colleges in Cleveland as the City Stars prepare for the April 18th opener in Miami.


Kingman

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Football / Aklie Edwards will soon be off to Argentina for pre-season
« on: February 21, 2009, 04:14:39 PM »
Akil Edwards was invited to pre-season with New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls would be spending pre-season in Argentina.

Good Luck Edwards.

Kingman

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Football / 2 of 3 trinis return to Puerto Rico Islanders for 2009 Season
« on: February 13, 2009, 09:58:14 PM »
Puerto Rico Islanders News Release
Source: - puertoricoislandersfc.com


TAMPA, FL -- The Puerto Rico Islanders announced that the core of the 2008 squad will be back for the upcoming season.

"We believe that the key to success to our successful 2008 season was the quality and unity that our players had on and off the field. This is what we are looking for in 2009 with all these returning players" said Islanders Vice-President Jorge Pierluisi.

"Most of these players have already reported to training camp under Head Coach Colin Clarke. Kendall Jageosingh is in international duty with the Trinidad and Tobago National team. Osei Telesford is recovering from an injury but should be back to training within the next couple of weeks. In addition, there are several players on trial trying to earn a spot in the Islanders roster" said Islanders President Andres Guillemard.

Among the players returning are league award winners Bill Gaudette (Goalkeeper of the Year), Cristian Arrieta (Defender of the Year) and Jonathan Steele, the USL First Division Most Valuable Player.

The Islanders are currently in Tampa, Florida in preparations for one of the most important matches (CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals) in the franchise history. The team will play Honduras' Marathon at Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium on February 26, 2009. In preparation for this match they will play DC United of the MLS on February 21st at 8pm at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.

The following players will be back for the 2009 season:

Goalkeepers
Bill Gaudette, Justin Myers

Defenders
Cristian Arrieta, Alexis Rivera, Daniel Ojeda, John Krause, Scott Jones, William Yomby

Midfielders
Noah Delgado, Petter Villegas, Jonathan Steele, Andres Cabrero, Osei Telesford, James Marcelin, Sandy Gbandi

Forwards
Kendall Jagdeosingh, Joshua Hansen, Kevin Mesa, Fabrice Noel

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Football / T & T Pro League teams
« on: February 12, 2009, 06:41:07 PM »
Anyone knows what's the verdict on the new teams that was suppose to enter the Pro League for 2009? About two weeks ago or so, Dexter said in an interview, that he had give the possible 2009 contenders 1 week to get things together.

Anybody knows if any of the teams were approved since I have not heard or red anything anywhere?

Kingman

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Football / Hyland lands contract
« on: February 05, 2009, 07:08:39 PM »
Hyland signs short deal
Source: - Trinidad Express




KHALEEM HYLAND has signed a short-term deal with Jupiter Pro League club SV Zulte Waregem (Essevee) which will see him playing in the top flight of Belgian football for the next six months. Also known as Essevee, the club announced on their website that Hyland was one of three players they had acquired on the final day before the transfer window closed.

Also contracted along with Hyland were Finnish right midfielder Eetu Muinonen, and the Estonian national striker Tarmo Neemelo. Zulte Waregem announced that they had secured the temporary transfer of Khaleem Hyland, a defensive midfielder from Portsmouth FC. It has also been hinted that the former San Juan Jabloteh midfielder was still hoping for a move to the English Premier League in the summer. Waregem are currently 10th on the 18-team table, but this season have scored victories over both the Anderlect and Brugge, teams who are second and third respectively in the league. Just last week, they came away 3-1 winners over Brugge.


Kingman

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Football / Seconday Schools Football Awards staging
« on: January 24, 2009, 08:39:29 PM »
Schools football awards
Source: - Newsday

THE AWARD ceremony for the 2008 Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) will be staged at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre, Couva on January 30.

The function will begin at 4 pm with the major achievers for the season receiving their medals and trophies.

During last year’s season, Mucurapo prevailed in the Intercol while Naparima won the Big 5 crown.

The boys’ MVP award will also be presented, with Sheldon Bateau (Fatima), Shahdon Winchester (Naparima), Mutar Taylor and Kevin Molino (Mucurapo) in line for the prize.

Debe High School was the top school among the girls’, having claimed the national Big 5 and Intercol crowns. Their captain and national youth team striker Mariah Shade is widely tipped to cop the girls’ MVP title.


Kingman

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Football / U-20 go down in Brazil
« on: January 24, 2009, 08:31:23 PM »
U-20s beaten, seniors play 1st game today
Source: - Trinidad Express   


Trinidad and Tobago's National Under 20 footballers fell short in their opening training match of their trip to Brazil, going down 2-0 to Brasilis FC's Under 20 team on Wednesday in Sao Paolo.

The Zoran-Vranes coached team, there on a ten-day tour as they prepare for the final round of qualification for the 2009 FIFA World Youth Championship in T&T from March 5-15, gave up goals in the ninth and 46th minutes.

They next face Palmeiras' Under 23 team today and Vranes will be hoping for a better result despite his feeling that the locals gave a decent account of themselves in their opening training fixture.

Meanwhile, Russell Latapy is expected to lace his boots up and join the action in the T&T senior side's opening training match today when they face Argentino Juniors from 9:30am (7:30am TT time).

The fixture was changed after the host officials confirmed to the T&T management that the visitors will face Juniors at their training complex and will instead play Quilmes later on the tour.


Kingman

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Football / Telesford helps Islanders advance
« on: October 30, 2008, 07:01:38 PM »
Islanders advance to CCL Quarters
2-2 Champions League road draw enough for Puerto Rico
USL communications


PANAMA CITY -- Osei Telesford and Fabrice Noel scored first-half goals and Puerto Rico held on for a 2-2 draw with Tauro FC on Wednesday, earning the Islanders a place in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

The result puts two teams in the final eight from the United Soccer Leagues. Last week, the Montreal Impact clinched its place in the two-leg knockout round that begins in February.

Steele helped guide Puerto Rico in critical group finalePuerto Rico and Tauro both finished with eight points in Group D, but the Islanders beat Tauro 2-1 in the first round and also had more away goals. With Municipal set to play Santos Laguna Thursday with a chance to pull level with Puerto Rico and Tauro, the result of the match will be meaningless for the Guatemalan side as the Islanders lead the trio in away goals in their matches against one another (Puerto Rico 4, Tauro 3, Municipal 2).

The Islanders, who after winning their first two games in the Group Stage, had lost two straight and finished winless in their last four. They went ahead in the 16th minute when Telesford nodded in a free kick at the far post after it had been tipped on its way through the penalty area. It was the third goal in the Champions League for Telesford, who scored one goal in 19 games for Puerto Rico in helping it to the USL First Division championship game.

Noel scored his second of the Champions League 13 minutes later, running on to a ball out of midfield from Jonathan Steele, rounding goalkeeper Willington Dominguez and scoring into an open net.

Puerto Rico dominated possession for nearly the entire first half until Brunette Hay converted a penalty kick for Tauro in the 43rd. Hay, who leads Tauro with 11 goals in 15 games this season in the Panamanian league, scored his fourth to climb among the leaders in Champions League and set the tone for the second half.

Tauro began much more quickly and created several dangerous-looking opportunities, pinning Puerto Rico in its own half for much of the first 15 minutes. Puerto Rico was able to regain some possession, but Hay scored his second in the 77th, sending a slow, rolling right-footed shot just inside the far post.

The Panamanian club was forced to replaced Dominguez in the 33rd after he appeared to injure his right wrist making a sliding save in the ninth minute. He received treatment on the field, holding up play for five minutes but gave way to Aimar Alvarado.

Kingman

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Islanders surprise with draw in Costa Rica
Source: - USL communications


In their CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round fixture, the Puerto Rico Islanders registered a first leg upset Wednesday night, posting a 1-1 draw on the road in Costa Rica against Alajuelense, a CONCACAF Champions Cup winner just four years ago.

Early chances for Alajuelense kept the Puerto Rico Islanders busy and were representative of the game as a whole as the favored side had the majority of scoring opportunities.

The home side took the lead just before the half hour mark courtesy of Argenis Fernandez, who received the ball at the edge of the box as he was cutting diagonally and pulled the shot back to the near post from 14 yards.

A corner kick in the 64th minute changed the match for the visitors as it fell to an unmarked Osei Telesford. The Trinidad & Tobago international defender coolly put the ball away into the back of the net to put the match back on level terms.

A nice reflex save by Bill Gaudette kept a nice bicycle kick out of the upper corner in the 75th minute.

The hard fought draw was nearly negated in the 90th minute when the Costa Rican runners-up earned a penalty kick, but the shot to the right side was stopped by Gaudette to preserve the equal status heading to the second leg in Puerto Rico next week.

The Islanders joined CD Marathan as the only two teams thus far to post favorable results on the road through the first seven of eight the eight Preliminary Round first leg matches. Marathon of Honduras earned a 2-2 draw in El Salvador against AD Isidro Metapan.

Alajuelense goal/Nigel Henry miss kick leaves gate open

Kingman





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Football / Inside T & T team
« on: July 01, 2008, 11:16:02 AM »
So I was finally able to touch base with a couple players on our current National team. It was brought to my attention that there has not been a very good relationship among players in the camp. Even when it seems as if players had a good relationship with each other, it would be deemed as fake.

Personally, I would understand this because the senior foreign base players would be frustrated with the incompetence of some of the local players.

Anton Corneal revealed that he is not the person picking the team but that was not the views of some of the players (now mind you, these players are all starters so it's not a matter of venting because they sat the bench). Anton picks the players, Muturana coaches them.

Unfortunately, there is a particular player that may never represent Trinidad and Tobago again due to verbally disrespecting the team's manager after his frustration with how things were conducted. He is a good player as well.

Anton keeps stressing that if players are not active they would not be able to represent the country. With all due respect, so why is Khaleem Hyland and Darryl Roberts on the team? I am not saying that these players are not worthy, its just double standard. Why would they have Marvin Phillip as the 2nd string keeper, then drop him without reasoning and bring in Jan-Michael Williams?

Anton, you are a dunce!!!! Please leave our football ALONE!!! Our senior players need experienced quality players alongside them. If you think that Akeem Adams, Jamal Gay and your other "highly" recruited scouts can help us reach the 2010 World Cup you have something else coming.

TTFF please please call Jack, Sancho, Spann, Chris and James to the T & T camp, in addition to getting rid of Anton? Thanks
I want to believe that Maturana is a worthy coach from his resume. Time will tell how successful he is with Trinidad and Tobago National Team.

Kingman

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Football / San Juan looking for revenge
« on: May 20, 2008, 12:15:59 PM »
Jabloteh look for revenge
Trinidad Express


Just ten days after going out to Defence Force at the quarter-final stage of the Courts Pro Bowl, CLICO San Juan Jabloteh have the chance to return the favour when the teams meet again in the big game of today's round of the T&T Pro League from 5 p.m. at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima.

That day Defence Force stormed back with a Devon Jorsling goal deep into added-on-time to draw 1-1 with Jabloteh, who had led since the 46th minute through Antiguan Peter Byers. Defence Force then went on to win 5-4 on penalty kicks, and have since advanced all the way to Friday's final of the Courts Pro Bowl, which will be played at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium.

Jabloteh might feel unlucky not to have won that day, since Byers, their normally potent 2007 Goalscorer of the Year, missed four easy chances. Jabloteh should have won comfortably with the second half chances they created. But then again, Defence Force could argue that they were clearly better in a first half where they had their fair share of chances.

Also today, unbeaten leaders Petrotrin should collect a sixth victory and maintain their 100 percent record when hosting lowly Tobago United, at Palo Seco. And W Connection and Caledonia would be favoured to see off struggling North East Stars and newcomers Ma Pau, respectively.

Meanwhile, Joe Public are at home at the Marvin Lee Stadium, in Macoya, where they face St Ann's Rangers, who have not yet started to fire. But, on their day, Rangers are a difficult proposition for any team.


Kingman

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Football / Youth System - Money plays a big part
« on: May 17, 2008, 10:14:58 AM »
I was thinking of ways to improve our youth system in Trinidad and Tobago since most of our players lack proper technical ability (even at the senior level). I came to the conclusion that things are not going to change unless we take a different approach to starting with the very little ones. In this way I mean, setting up proper youth academies in addition to making it mandatory for club coaches to have a license to coach youth teams. 

I went to a ODP (Olympic Development Program) U-13 boys team training session out in Texas, and what I saw was absolutely mouth watering football. These kids technical ability was amazing. From how they consistently played quick 1 touch football in their possession game to pure attack and pure defense in their scrimmage at the end. These youngsters were shooting 40 yard passes to their teammate feet, splitting each others defense, whipping in low and pinpoint crosses and maintained great organization and structure through the game. The scrimmage was intense. With all honestly, I have never seem such attraction from any team at that age in Trinidad and Tobago.

ODP is where most of the US national players come from. Each region hires the best coach to recruit the best players in each region and/or state.

I remember when the Trinidad and Tobago Zonal Football Associations established an Academy called "Center for Excellence." Each Zone had picked the best players from their Zone and formed a team. At a point in time, the Trinidad and Tobago Youth teams use to benefit from the "Center for Excellence," as all the players on the National team came from these Centers. I am not sure if they exist anymore or at what level they exist but I was a avid supporter of the program.

I don't think they exist anymore. We need to re-start these Centers with more money being pumped into each Center where coaches are well paid and their jobs are on the line for poor performance from the players. There should also be an experienced Technical director over looking all activities; and all the talented players brought in to improve their level of play.

Obviously, this would require lots of money and proper planning for it to be a success and exist over a lengthy period of time.

In addition, I think the Zones and the Country should make it mandatory for all Trinidad and Tobago youth coaches (U-10, U-12, U-15, U-17, U-19, U-21, U-23) to all attain a coaching license. Too many coaches volunteer their services to these teams and sometimes have very little knowledge of the coaching aspects of the game and teach the kids the wrong things. That does not mean they are able to effectively get the topic of learning over to the youths. Some off them were good players in the past, but that does not mean they know how to have successful practice sessions.

In addition, coaches need to start getting paid (as little as it may be). This will stimulate some sort of motivation and pride when addressing the youths. Coaches should know that if their teams consistently have mediocre performance that their job would be at risk. For years some teams enter domestic competition and are constantly defeated 8-0 and 12-0. Unacceptable in this modern day. In general, it needs to be a bit more competitive from the head and it will trickle down to the players.

Kingman

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Qualifying series set for Islanders
Puerto Rico faces San Juan Jabloteh in CONCACAF Champions League series


NEW YORK -- The final CFU (Caribbean Football Union) representative to the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League™ will be determined this month as the Puerto Rico Islanders take on San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad & Tobago in a home-and-away series.

The Islanders will stage the first-leg of the CFU Playoff in Bayamón, Puerto Rico on 9 May, while the return match will be hosted by Jabloteh in Trinidad & Tobago on 25 May.

The CFU Playoff winner will join Harbour View FC of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago's Joe Public FC as the Caribbean Representatives to the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League™ this coming August.

The Caribbean playoff was determined after the Islanders and Jabloteh lost in the semifinals of the CFU Club Championship against Joe Public and Harbour View, respectively, last year. Harbour View went on to claim the CFU Title by defeating Joe Public in the final.

The new CONCACAF Champions League format is a continuation of the Champions Cup format that recently concluded. The defending champion Pachuca CF of Mexico won their third CONCACAF Champions' Cup™ after defeating visiting Costa Rica's Deportivo Saprissa, 2:1, in the second-leg of the 2008 Final at the Estadio Hidalgo in Pachuca on 30 April, and, therefore, capturing the series 3:2 on aggregate.

Pachuca is the second and last club in the 47-year history of the Champions' Cup to win consecutive CONCACAF titles as CDSC Cruz Azul of Mexico did the same capturing multiple Confederation Crowns on two occasions 1969-1971 (three in-a-row) and 1996-1997.

The Tuzos are the first qualifiers to the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2008 and are also the first CONCACAF club to compete in consecutive FIFA Tournaments.


Kingman

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Football / Avery returns to USL-1
« on: May 01, 2008, 04:32:46 PM »
John returns to USL-1 in Miami
T&T international joins Blues after four years in MLS

Miami FC Blues News Release - www.miamifc.com
Thursday, May 1, 2008

MIAMI, FL -- Miami FC officially welcomed today three new players to its roster for the remainder of the 2008 season. The signings included two defenders and a goalkeeper; likely to strengthen the team’s defense debilitated by recent injuries.

“I am still looking to have between 24 to 26 players signed however I will continue to exercise patience in holding out to make sure that we only accept the highest caliber of player to represent this organization,” Miami FC head coach Zinho said after the announcement.

John spent the last four years in New Enland (mlsnet.com)Perhaps the most significant signing of the trio is defender Avery John, the Trinidad and Tobago National who spent the last four years playing for the New England Revolution of MLS. He was also a central part of the 2006 Trinidad and Tobago World Cup Defense which earned international respect after holding Sweden to a 0-0 draw.

After a decorated college career at the American University in Washington D.C. the 32-year-old Point-Fortin native began his professional career in 1999 playing for the Boston Bulldogs, formerly of the American A-League (now known as USL-1) under head coach Steve Nicol, who coincidently later went on to be Avery’s head coach with the New England Revolution.

“I’ve played with a couple of teams in the USL-1 (formerly the American A-League) and I am aware of the level of talent that exists in the league,” Avery said during a recent phone call as he was packing for Miami. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play in Miami and contribute as soon as possible. This is all about winning a championship for me.”

Making his debut at right-back this past weekend in Puerto Rico sporting the number 2 jersey was new signing Eddie “Moto” Gutierrez, who comes by way of the Fresno Fuego of the Premier Development League.

Gutierrez certainly appeared to earn the respect of the Miami FC coaching staff after playing a full 180 minutes in two games in his debut in Puerto Rico. “Eddie demonstrated an excellent strategic knowledge of the game, and knows how to play his position well,” remarked Zinho. “In my mind, his debut was definitely one of the highlights of this past series in Puerto Rico.”

Also, signed as a backup goalkeeper to Josh Saunders this season is Sam Reynolds, the son of MLS’s Chicago Fire assistant coach Craig Reynolds. LikeSaunders, Reynolds is also a California native.

Reynolds has played in matches for Toronto FC and Chivas USA of MLS, as well as a stint with the Portland Timbers of USL-1 back in 2005. He earned honorable mention All-Big West Conference honors during his college career at Cal State Fullerton, and posted outstanding numbers at Davis High under Coach Ashley Yudin by allowing only 7 goals in a combined 30 matches.

“It is a privilege to play under a guy like Zinho, and to be able to work with goalkeeper coach Ricardo Lopes,” said Reynolds. “I really owe a lot respect and appreciation to my high school coach Ashley Yudin, and U.S. National Team goalie coach Zach Abdel, and my parents because they have given me the tools that I feel are necessary to come in and make an impact here in Miami.”

Miami FC returns home to Tropical Park Stadium on Sunday, May 4th to take on the Carolina Railhawks (1-0-1) at 6:00pm. Festivities are set to begin at 5:00pm for the official “Cinco de Mayo” celebrations, with live music and giveaways. Tickets are available through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-57-MIAMI. Miami FC games can be watched live at www.usllive.com.


Kingman

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Football / The Demmins' are back
« on: April 30, 2008, 07:30:34 PM »
Family Reunion in Mississippi
Demmin bothers to debut Friday, May 9 against defending champs


CLINTON, MS – Dwyane Demmin is easily the most recognizable player for Mississippi Brilla FC. The 6’4” defender from Trinidad & Tobago is an undisputable intimidating force on the field. His presence is vital to his teammates as he logged 1,440 minutes in 2007, or, in simpler terms, every minute of every game.

His presence is feared, yet respected by opponents as he earned All-League Team honors in 2007 and was one of three finalists for Defender of the Year. Off the field, he is the fan favorite. He has his own following of kids and adults. His popularity is the result of his huge smile, charming personality and compassionate heart.

“Dwyane Demmin can do it all,” said Rusty Bryant, President of Mississippi Brilla. “Everybody loves Dwyane.”

Demmin may get a run for his money on Friday, May 9. That is when Craig Demmin comes to town to play alongside his younger brother as Mississippi Brilla ushers in the 2008 season with a home date against the Laredo Heat.

Older brother Craig got a jump on wowing the Mississippi soccer community as a four-time collegiate All-American at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS in the early 90’s. The brothers teamed together in 1997 as they led the Jackson Chargers to a successful season in the PDL. Craig went on to have two highly successful stints with the Rochester Rhinos in the USL-1 (1998-2000, 2002-2005) and was named the team MVP three times. Craig was also the 6th player selected in the 1st round of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. He started 19 games for the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the MLS in 2001. In addition, Craig was a member of the Trinidad & Tobago National Team from 1995-2003.

For the last several years, Craig has been an assistant coach with Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. He also helps run a highly successful soccer academy for children in Rochester.

“We spoke with Craig earlier this year and learned that he was not planning to play anywhere this summer,” said Bryant. “We knew that we had to do everything possible to get the Demmin brothers on the field together as much as we could this summer.”
The Demmin brothers will make their much anticipated season debut together on Friday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland, MS. Mississippi Brilla opens against the defending PDL champions, the Laredo Heat.

Because of family obligations and other soccer related commitments, the older Demmin may not be in Mississippi much this summer. However, his presence will surely be felt when he is in town.

“Having Craig here to begin our season is a big boost for us,” said Bryant. “It will be great for our young players, for our fans and especially for Dwyane. We are excited about the family reunion.”

Craig Demmin will come and go, as he is able this summer. The younger brother will stay and lead Mississippi Brilla’s playoff push throughout their second season.

After all, this is little brother’s town, and this is little brother’s team.


Kingman

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Football / A bit concerned - who will score goals for us?
« on: April 21, 2008, 07:14:19 PM »
You know, I was just watching some highlights of some games and just thought to myself, "Trinidad and Tobago don't have no real TRUE goalscorer that we can depend on for our 2010 campaign."

I am not talking about no skillful player, or flashy player and whatever.

I am talking about an Inzaghi, an Alan Shearer, an Van Nistelrooy, or our very own 2006 WC campaign goal getter, Stern John.

Someone who have a deadly hunger for the goal in and around the penalty area. Who would it be?

Who is going to lead us in this campaign? So far in all our games we have not had one consistent player that we can depend on for goals. Goals in games came from all parts of the field.

Even at players club, they have not proven to be clinical; I mean to the point where they are averaging 20 goals in 30 appearances and things of that nature.

This leaves me A BIT CONCERN....

Kingman

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Football / Players Update
« on: April 08, 2008, 11:18:41 PM »
National Senior team defender, Osei Telesford, in currently in preseason camp with Puerto Rico Islanders. The Islanders are currently down in the Bradenton Academy in Miami preparing for the upcoming USL division 1 season.

Former Charleston Battery Striker, Teba McKnight, has returned home to play in the PFL. He is currently signed with W-Connection F.C.

Kingman

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Football / Petrotrin back on track
« on: September 19, 2007, 05:54:26 PM »
Calm conditions at Petrotrin.
...as coaching staff reinstated.
By: Randy Bando (ttproleague.com)


United Petrotrin head coach Brian Williams and his staff are back on the job ahead of Friday’s First Citizens Cup quarterfinal clash against Defence Force after being reinstated to the club they had resigned a week ago.
Williams and assistant coaches Philbert Jones and Floyd Lawrence had submitted their resignations based on management’s decision to dismiss team manager Larry Joseph over reported insubordination.
Club chairman Arnold Corneal said that the executive committee had issued a policy that decisions to contract and release players should be agreed to by the committee because it’s a business proposition as well and one which Joseph didn’t adhere to on many occasions.
Joseph’s contract was suspended with immediate effect for signing off the release form of striker Abiola Clarence who is now a Superstar Rangers player.
It appeared that Petrotrin’s management was in total disagreement with the release of the player hence the action taken against Joseph.
But in an executive committee meeting on Wednesday morning United Petrotrin decided to reinstate Larry Joseph and the technical staff including Williams who had resigned in support of their suspended team manager.
Corneal told ‘ttproleague.com’, “He(Larry Joseph) expressed his apologies and based on that he is also an employee of Petrotrin we decided to give him a chance but with a stern warning,” he said.
Corneal also confirmed that the executive committee accepted letters from the three members of the coaching staff, who have also been reinstalled in their substantive positions.
“We have also promised that if this situation was ever to arise again that those involved would be severely penalized.”
He said that the other members of the technical staff have given the assurance that in the future all club policies will be adhered to.

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Football / Whitley to head Connection.
« on: September 12, 2007, 08:28:54 AM »
Whitley to don W Connection colors.
By: Randy Bando (ttproleague).


Axed San Juan Jabloteh prodigy Aurtis Whitley has signed on with cross country rivals W Connection on Tuesday confirmed club owner David John Williams. For the first time since joining the San Juan based club eleven years ago, the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup midfielder Aurtis Whitley is about to don a different club uniform and with no other but his former rivals W Connection after being axed last Friday. 
For the first time since joining the San Juan based club eleven years ago, the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup midfielder Aurtis Whitley is about to don a different club uniform and with no other but his former rivals W Connection after being axed last Friday. 
Williams told ‘ttproleague.com’ that he preferred not to disclose details of the contract but commented that Whitley is a great addition to his team.
“We feel that he is a great addition to our team for the rest of the season. We need players of his quality at the moment because we have lost a few players this season. We feel that he is still one of the greatest midfielders in this country and he still has a lot to offer.”
“He has great midfield skills and also a capability to score goals,” ended Williams.
Whitley was axed by Jabloteh four months before his contract expired because of being delinquent and a so called lack of passion which he admits to.
Whitley explained that he had an ongoing grouse with head coach Terry Fenwick which has prompted his lost of commitment to the club he had served for eleven years.
“He (Fenwick) always created problems with the senior players at Jabloteh and that was frustrating to play under. I was training and doing all what I had to do but when it came to matches I wouldn’t get selected and that was another frustrating matter,” explained the now W Connection midfielder.
“My passion to play for the club really went and I had to do what I did to get out.”
“They (Jabloteh) got eleven good years from me and I am really sorry it had to end the way it did. My heart was really at Jabloteh,” said Whitley emotionally.
Admitting that he would miss his former teammates, Whitley is now focused on returning to his glory days under new boss Stuart Charles Fevrier.
“All I wanted to be was comfortable. I know that now my standard will rise again because I want to make an impact with W Connection.”
Whitley had his first session under coach Stuart Charles Fevrier on Tuesday morning and explained that he enjoyed every bit of it.
“The W Connection players all welcomed me. It was really nice and I’m feeling really comfortable already,” said the now W Connection player.
Whitley has played his entire professional career in Trinidad. He enjoyed trials in England with Premiership club Portsmouth FC before the 2006 World Cup in Germany and in Vietnam in 2007.
At age 30 Whitley still has aspirations to playing abroad saying that he believes that he can create opportunities for himself to play professionally outside of Trinidad and Tobago while with W Connection.
Whitley a member of the blacklisted T&T internationals also said that he is always available to play for his country but hopes that the situation between the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation and his colleagues is resolved soon.

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