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Excellent job; two thumbs up! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Argentina Game (4-Jun-2014)
« on: June 04, 2014, 05:44:37 PM »
As many men have said about Williams: he does make the easy look difficult and the difficult look easy. If history proves correct, he'll pull off some Sportscenter-worthy save before this match is over.

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Football / Re: 10 rules of football as a kid
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:30:28 PM »
Rule 1A: Once the game has started with the fatman as 'keeper, whoever comes late to the sweat has to take his place as goalie... unless the late man is a regular "star" of the sweat.

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The difference between Williams and the UAE keeper. The UAE stopper makes the easy look difficult and that is it as that is all he have to deal wid so far. Williams does make the easy look easy but the moderate look impossible.

This :rotfl: ....Except for that crazy save a few minutes back.

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There are a lot of players who I can vote for, but I'll give Roberts my vote. He played solid, consistent ball right through, and I respect that.

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Football / Re: Haiti ah sorry
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:13:37 PM »
I heard Rudder put out ah song about the Haitian team this morning... anyone heard it yet?  ;D

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Football / Re: Lewwe Geh ah proppa roll call!!!
« on: July 12, 2013, 12:59:05 PM »
I go be there with a small crew... rain or shine, we shall knock back a few brews in the parking lot before the game. :beermug:

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Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Haiti Game (12-Jul-2013).
« on: July 11, 2013, 09:33:42 AM »
All that money them have, they can't put a retractable roof on the Dolphins stadium. Them playing the arse. Dallas and Houston have, why not Miami

Actually that was a huge controversy earlier this year. They voted on whether or not to put a canopy over part of the stadium's seats, but the measure was soundly defeated because of the recent retractable-roof baseball stadium debacle in Miami (by some estimates, the baseball team's owner more or less got over $1 bil of taxpayer $-for free. He then proceeded to sell off all his players and laugh his way to the bank).

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Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs El Salvador Game (8-Jul-2013).
« on: July 09, 2013, 08:16:44 AM »
What KJ eat before the game. ? Never see him passionate like that before

I heard that he ate that new cereal... PlayingForMyContract Crunch

;)

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Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Romania Game (4-Jun-13).
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:01:54 PM »
Yuh ever play with Trini players.  As a GK, when man looking to spring de attack, they always telling yuh to slow it down.  Real crap!  Trinis play de game way too slow.


^^THIS.

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Football / Re: Trinidad defeats Costa Rica 2-0 at Under 17's
« on: April 09, 2013, 08:58:45 AM »
If anyone saw that entire game then you tell me about the quality of that performance and I will tell you if we saw the same game. As far as Costa Rica's performance is concerned, if they don't beat Canada by at least 3 goals in their last game to move on to the next round, their coach is not coaching another u17 team. Stick a fork in him he is done. They were piss poor. With that being said, Cooper must have told them to see the shot and be the shot. The first goal was soft. The keeper was snoozing and when you snooze you loose. The second goal by Sam was a gem, a little higher exactly where it was placed and not a goalkeeper in the world was going to save that rock. I will save my indictment of this performance for later. Congratulations on the win, yeah, but now you are left depending on another  team to determine your destiny.
I'll call a spade a spade: the first goal, took a slight deflection. I don't think it was only a result of the keeper being asleep.

I agree with Deese- I'm not taking anything away from our boys' effort, but it was obvious that CR side is not too good of a team at all, especially by Costa Rican standards.

Also, just an observation: T&T had a definite physical and athletic advantage and used it for all it was worth. The difference in size and athleticism between the squads made us look like one of those African "U-17" sides.

Hopefully T&T will have a chance to remove all doubts against a better team in the quarterfinals.

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Football / Re: How did you rate Russell as a manager
« on: March 23, 2013, 09:53:21 PM »
IMO Latapy might still be manager today given 3 major resources: more control over his selections, time, and quality friendly matches. I don't know how much you can expect from any national team manager who doesn't have access to those things. Given all that and the terrible state of our national football federation when he was managing, I don't think he did too bad.

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Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Belize Game (23-Mar-2013).
« on: March 23, 2013, 08:58:52 PM »
That is the most professional-looking commentary team that I've ever seen.

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Football / Re: Chris Birchall
« on: March 23, 2013, 11:04:22 AM »
In regards to Birchall getting called up: I'm no blind devotee of any player, I'm only blindly devoted to T&T football, even despite what I've (and everyone else here) had to go through as a fan. That being said, I have no doubt the coaches/management are not as dotish as people make them out to be, and that Birchie's selection is definitely warranted. I'll retract this statement when we have other midfielders under the age of 30 who have no problem finding a side to play for in MLS or Europe.

Form is temporary, class is permanent, experience is invaluable, and attitude and hustle are innate.

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Football / Re: 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Thread.
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:42:42 PM »
Mods...any idea when the Group Stage draw is ? 

There's no draw- they place the teams in groups based upon parity and potential crowd draw. In the last tournament, they announced the groups in early March, though.

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Football / Re: Jose Mourinho the Best Coach in the World?
« on: January 28, 2013, 12:11:53 PM »
Ummm...Ferguson, 0 Champions Leagues??? So what Yorke dem win then??

The article is comparing what each manager had accomplished by the time they were 50.

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Football / Re: Scotland on UK football, Roy Keane and his T&T career
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:17:47 AM »
Toasting Scotland the Brave.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868.com).


During Porterfield’s year-and-a-half stint, he was so spoiled for choice that he capped all of Dwight Yorke (Manchester United-England), Stern John (Nottingham Forest-Eng), Jerren Nixon (SC St Gallen-Switzerland), Hector Sam (Wrexham-England), Gary Glasgow (Kansas City Wizards-US), Arnold Dwarika and Nigel Pierre (both Joe Public) and the now deceased pair of Mickey Trotman (Rochester Rhinos-US) and Rolston James (Jabloteh) while other capable attackers like Trent Noel (Police) and Angus Eve (Joe Public) were used in midfield.

Read More


Wow, those were the days.

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Football / Re: 2012 MLS Season Thread
« on: July 22, 2012, 08:19:06 AM »
Columbus Crew 1 v 0 DC United - Chris Birchall with the winner....
Yesterday - July 21, 2012


Birchie's goal is at 2:23.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/FQXWRUt3jmY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/FQXWRUt3jmY</a>

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Football / Re: Who go be de next big legend.
« on: July 13, 2012, 09:32:54 AM »
Who go be de next big legend midfielders.

Lucas Moura (Brazil), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Luka Modric (Croatia), Neymar Santos (Brazil), Matthew Woo Ling (Trinidad and Tobago ...  ;D), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium), Christian Eriksen (Denmark), Mamadou Sakho (France), Jack Wilshere (England), Thiago Alcantara (Spain), Mario Gotze (Germany), Oscar Emboaba (Brazil)... etc etc...

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) making he way to be a legend of this generation, but who allyuh feel go be de next big legend.



Africa cyah get no love? I'll submit Souleymane Coulibaly (Ivory Coast) for consideration.

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Football / Re: Mario Balotelli
« on: June 29, 2012, 09:06:51 AM »
What are the odds of Mario Balotelli changing his name, much like Cassius Clay did years ago, sometime during his career?

I wouldn't be surprised if it happened.

Yeh, 4 real. maybe he could go with something Ghanaian or something.

How about something Trini:

Metta World Bachannal  :D

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Football / Re: 2014 Concacaf WCQ Thread.
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:03:08 PM »
Antigua vs Jamaica link.

You sure about that. I seeing El Sal. warming up in they stadium.

AB-J'ca finish. I think it was 0-0

It ended 0-0; a significant result for Antigua, because they have never gotten a result vs. JA in any match (according to the commentator).

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Congrats Birchie on the signing... and this!  :beermug:

New Crew man Birchall acclimating to life back in US
By Craig Merz (MLSsoccer.com)


However, his routine will be temporarily interrupted when he returns to England to marry his longtime girlfriend, Lucy Mulroy, on June 9. They couple also have a 3-year-old son, Ashley.

Fortunately for Birchall, after Columbus play Chicago on May 26, they are idle until June 16. So his wedding plans slot in perfectly.


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Football / Re: John Terry Thread.
« on: April 27, 2012, 09:27:15 AM »
This almost reads like a parody... Terry is the opposite of a class act.

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As much as I love to see a fellow Caribbean team to win, I am sorry to say it's not going to happen guys..Mexico team is made up of world champion players and Pan-American game champion players. From what I understand the team is made up totally of the last U17 world champion and of the U-21 Panam champions...It will be a monumental task for T&T to beat Mexico..

I hope and I'll be happy if T&T proves me wrong

I know you're just trying to be realistic, but there is no need to doubt that this side will play a great brand of football and make all the Caribbean proud. This group of young men is arguably one of the most successful Caribbean teams in history. They have held their own in FIFA competition against big youth sides like like Italy, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, and the core of this same Mexico team (the last three games I mentioned were all draws at the most recent Pan Am games with a relatively unprepared T&T side, due to circumstances). This may be one hell of a Mexico side, but I have absolute confidence that our team will pull out a result.

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Football / Re: Olympic Warriors begin historic journey to London.
« on: March 23, 2012, 11:05:00 AM »
Any side who have Shadohn Winchester coming off the bench, have goals in it.

Especially cause Caesar seems to be the super sub, so Winchester might not even be first off the bench.

And the defence has been decent for years.

Jake Thompson not u-23 btw? We throw him away or what?

People keep calling for Jake, but from what i understand, he has fallen off the ball considerably. He has not developed at all. 

Poor fella... should've moved out of England when he had the chance :-\

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Football / Re: First session at Home Depot...U-23s settle in LA
« on: March 21, 2012, 09:10:45 PM »
Chris is always the consummate professional- definitely someone for these young guys to look up to. I have tremendous respect for #7.

As for the young guys, my DVR has already been prepared to record a classic- I'm looking forward to this one!


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Football / Re: Good football books to read
« on: March 12, 2012, 02:06:39 PM »
"Pele: My Life and the Beautiful Game"- This was probably the first football-related book that I ever read, and is still my favorite.

Also, "More Than Just a Game", which someone mentioned earlier.

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Football / Re: Warriors edged...Finland win friendly 3-2
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:22:29 PM »
(LIVE, minute by minute report) T&T versus Finland
Written by  Lasana Liburd (wired868).


5.04: Needless to say, an apt description of the average Finnish player would be Chris Birchall standing on a ladder.


You gotta love Lasana's writing... I hope to see more reports like this in the future.

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Football / Re: Plastic pitch-Soccergrass-turf field. here it comes
« on: December 02, 2011, 05:35:10 PM »
#4,we are truly fortunate to have peeps like you to educate us on this type of field,i've seen it,played on it but never thought that much of it,all i know is i don't like to play on it.
I guess with this kind of info fields like that will not be suited for T&T,it will not even be cost effective.I must say though it's the best surface for Indoor Soccer,the Indoor facilities that have them do good business because you can play any day/time without any obstruction,they lasts years because you don't have to worry about the concerns you posted.
 Good post any how. :beermug:

Coops: I must mention that the pitches that I spoke about were in Miami, Texas, and Atlanta; three very hot places. In T&T, there's more consistent cloud cover and more days with rain than any of these places, so the "heat sink" issue may not be as great of a problem (as a side note: the overheating issue occurs because the black rubber pellets on the field absorb and retain heat extremely well). Perhaps someone should do a study on the Marvin Lee Stadium to see how it fares during the day prior to moving on with building other plastic pitches in T&T.

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Football / Re: Plastic pitch-Soccergrass-turf field. here it comes
« on: December 02, 2011, 02:56:44 PM »
The surface has improved considerably.  I've played on some where I could goalkeep in short sleeves, because it was so padded.  The blades were like real grass, and it was real cushiony.  Then, you have the cheap surfaces that are being laid down by NYC Parks & Rec that is just not up to standard.  You get what you pay for.  It's much better than the commercial carpet that was passed off as turf field in the 80s and 90s.

True, fieldturf (the artificial turf mentioned here) today is much better than the astroturf of yesteryear. The problem is that it's not truly maintenance-free, as this article seems to purport. If fieldturf is not properly maintained (i.e. properly patched, etc.) and then replaced at the end of its useable lifespan, and if the rubber pellets that they spray over the turf aren't occasionally replenished, then those fields are just as hard and unsafe as the old astroturf. There was a specific artificial pitch here in Miami that wasn't properly maintained; I ended up breaking my arm there as a result.

There are three disadvantages to this kind of artificial pitches that haven't been mentioned yet-
A. Those tiny recycled rubber pellets that are used to pad the turf get stuck in your shoes and can make running extremely uncomfortable.

B. When I broke my arm on the turf field, my surgeon told me that fractures are 40% more likely to happen on turf fields than grass; even the "new" turf described here. Just something to consider.

C. Fieldturf gets VERY hot in the summer, especially if directly exposed to sunlight. An official university study said that turf can get hotter than 170 degrees Fahrenheit (77 C)  :pissedoff: when exposed to sunlight, which is way over the maximum recommended playing field temperature of 120 Fahrenheit (48 C) for athletes. If I had young children, I would definitely have second thoughts about sending them to train or play on a field that hot; you might as well send your kids to play in a sauna.

Here's the funny part... There were fieldturf fields where I used to train, and they would spray water on the fields every 20-30 minutes to keep them from overheating during the summer. It just seemed ironic that they would go through the trouble of installing artificial turf only to be watering it more than grass.

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