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Football / Re: Kaile Auvray Thread.
« on: September 18, 2023, 08:49:01 AM »
@reggaefan, now that yuh say that, I sure that was a selling feature for Auvray.

Football / Re: Kaile Auvray Thread.
« on: September 17, 2023, 05:57:01 AM »
A step backwards for Auvray. He is very talented. You mean no USL or a division 3 or 4 team in France at least?

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 13, 2023, 11:20:40 AM »
Haiti is so unpredictable. That's where they are deadly. The scorer of their 2 goals is a real talent.
They look deadly on the counter too.

Jamaica can turn up the pressure from 2 to 10 in no time. When they make that decision to press, it's trouble. They're also good at holding the ball.

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 12, 2023, 06:23:44 PM »
Jamaica 0 - 2 Haiti

Only 15mins in the first. Shocked. I thought Jamaica would have walked over Haiti.

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 11, 2023, 05:24:33 AM »
Good competitive game Frico. ES 20 shots = 2 goals. TT 4 shots = 3 goals. Set pieces costed us 2 goals.

Overall, I am impressed by the two wins. I believe this is the hardest game to qualify for the next stage. Next up is Guatemala at home. Then Curacao on the road. Considering that Curacao does not have any points, and qualification to the next round is slim, I don't think their Dutch boys will be showing up for their final game against us. Watch and see.

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 10, 2023, 10:36:55 PM »
@Frico if you look at the score on Google, it would say that we played that. But we only played 5mins of extra time. I watched the match. Mistake on Google  scoreboard

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 09, 2023, 10:32:49 AM »
You're right Trini. I just think it better than where he's at now.

Interesting thing I was reading about the USL to MLS  transition for players. Apparently the chances of going to the MLS from the USL, is less than 8%. Once you get in the USL , you either stay or sink down further.

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 08, 2023, 11:42:03 AM »
I forgot about Moore. He's another talent that should be playing abroad. I hope he can find something in the USL or Canadian Premier League.

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 08, 2023, 10:20:24 AM »
My pleasure Frico

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 08, 2023, 09:00:30 AM »
@Peong . Good analysis.

Daniel Phillips is a hard worker. I would have loved to seen him up against the Reggae brits.

Telfer should be playing in the MLS. He's willing to take chances and dribble the ball at the right time.

Auvray is crafty. I wish he can grow about 3 to 4 inches. Despite his size, he's fearless against players bigger than him.

James is another player I think should be in USL at least. I hope he get to go overseas. Good attack minded player. Also I seen him come back and defend.

@ Frico. Yes I was one of the guys on here that downplayed Eve. I still don't agree with some of his tactics. But it worked for this game. The majority of Curacao's starters all play top flight in Europe. The quality was well on display. However, Curacao can't play scrappy Caribbean football. St Kitts brought the same type of game to Curacao and knocked them out of the Gold cup qualifiers.

Curacao played the better game up until the 60th minute. After that, we started to grow in the game. This ultimately tipped the scale in our favor.

Whatever happened to Khaleem Hyland? At 34 years of age, I don't think he is done.

Next game is El Salvador. I say we go big, strong and speedy for that game. That's how Jamaica gets the results over them Central Americans.

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 07, 2023, 05:59:19 PM »
I thought we were in for at least 3. Good scrappy game. We missing some key guys. But good result. Curacao is probably the toughest test.

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 07, 2023, 04:17:10 PM »

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 07, 2023, 11:15:09 AM »
Eve's post match comments after 3-0 loss at home:

" We were outplayed by Curacao. They call their foreign born players for this match. 85% of them playing top flight football in Europe. While our guys are playing in the USL and Pro league. We are at an disadvantage because of the laws around getting a TT passport. ."

Eve has the potential. BUT he will be better suited working as an assistant AFTER he gets mentorship. THEN he might be ready to coach a small Island team and slowly move towards coaching the national team.

On the other hand, to be fair to Eve, can it be that we  don't produce quality players anymore?

Eve is trying his best. But his lack of experience coaching outside of Trinidad and Tobago is why he can't transform a poor performing team into a mediocre team.

I feel we go take licks tonight. It feels like the day of the USA game. I hope I'm wrong. Best luck team

Football / Re: 2022/23 Concacaf Nations League Thread
« on: September 06, 2023, 12:54:35 PM »
Hadad is the new DJW.

There's about 6 key fellas missing, which will prove costly.

The National Championships were held on Saturday and Sunday. I could be wrong, but it looks like NO athlete achieved the World Championships Standard.  The final nail. This is fricken sad.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: July 09, 2023, 05:10:19 PM »
We can't go into them games without proper organization in the back. I watch Guatemala fight Jamaica to the end. I really believe that it is the inexperience of Eve that has our defense looking like paper tigers.

Hart will be back. The TTFA is working out the stuff to bring him back. Don't be surprised if is both Hart and Latapy working together.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: July 07, 2023, 03:01:16 PM »
J Lloyd Samuel's son

Football / Re: Stephen Hart Thread
« on: July 05, 2023, 10:20:20 AM »
Who do you have in mind that will be willing to take the chance. I say Hart, because he is aware of what is going on with the TTFA.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: July 04, 2023, 07:26:08 PM »
Got it. But would the work around be - the parent(s) getting their passport first, then the player. I heard something like this.

Football / Re: Stephen Hart Thread
« on: July 04, 2023, 06:43:21 PM »
Yes I read Eve comments. In this case, it's not a Joe Shmo white man from Europe.. In this case, it is Hart, a born Trinbagonian who has proven that he can do the job.

Eve is a good man. He's tried. I think he has the potential to guide the team somewhere. I just think now isn't the time for him. The results show. But working in conjunction with Hart, might set him up for future success with the team.

Based on the current state of the TTFA, I will say this for now, if they can't get Hart, then keep Eve. If they TTFA decides to pursue another coach, I don't think they can attract anyone better than Eve.

Football / Re: Stephen Hart Thread
« on: July 04, 2023, 05:25:00 PM »
Someone let the cat out de bag. When stories like this comes out, there's usually an ounce of truth on both sides.

My guess is that the TTFA is considering approaching Hart. But they won't get rid of Angus with the "hope" that Hart returns. If some arrangement comes to be, I can see Angus being an assistant to Hart.

I think Hart will be back by the Nations league games. Eve will still be involved with the National team.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: July 04, 2023, 01:46:15 PM »
Eve may have it wrong with the citizenship thing. Often when this topic comes up, most tend to group citizenship from the country, and FIFA guidelines to play for a country together.

Each country has their own process to get citizenship. This might be different than what FIFA allows. In this case, to play for a country, all the player needs is a grandparent, under FIFA guidelines.

To get the passport from the country, I believe a grandparent will qualify. BUT, I wouldn't be surprised that in Trinidad and Tobago, they may require the parent of the player to get their passport before the player gets theirs. I think this is what Eve might be talking about.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: July 02, 2023, 08:12:50 PM »
As much as I have respect for the coach, I don't feel he's the right man for the job. His tactics are missing something.

Seems like his approach is of the era of choosing the best players vs choosing the right players. Choosing the right players means choosing the ones whos strengths and attributes can be exploited by the coach in order to build a solid unit. This is where coaching is now. He should've figured this out now.

Should the TTFA take the chance to go into the next set of games with him?

My ranking of the last 4 coaches:

1. Hart
2. Lawrence
3. Eve
4. Fenwick

Finally, the defense is in shambles. They are 2nd to the ball too often. Too many easy giveaways. They need that defensive midfield player that they can trust and do hard work. This is where Khaleem Hyland was an asset. I do believe if Daniel Phillips was there, he would have plugged that hole and the results would have been different.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: June 26, 2023, 08:52:13 PM »
Concacaf has improved. The Nations League has benefited almost every team.

Regarding the T&T vs JA game, Jamaica will grow in confidence if they hold on to the ball and score. BUT, if they don't score early, the pressure for them to score will throw them off their game. Right now they are expected to win. This is where the expectation can be crippling. Especially when it's a game against their arch rivals.

This game should be in New York, South Florida or even Toronto. Not St Louis. Mexico and Honduras always get the Texas games that are always sold out. Concacaf is missing out on a huge opportunity to do the same for a Trinidad vs Jamaica game.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: June 26, 2023, 12:08:55 PM »
I don't think it's because of the goal keeper. I like that
they keep playing like it's a final. Right until the end. This TT team needs to take a page from that.

Hopefully that remains true. The team is playing better. But still not playing with that "umph" that Haiti and Jamaica plays with. We get that going on, we got something special coming.

I hope your team makes it out the group. The Haiti and Honduras game should be a cracker. Honduras need a win. Meilleurs voeux les Grenadiers

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Nicaragua Game (27-March-2023)
« on: June 26, 2023, 11:27:48 AM »
Yep. They might consider that. But I wouldn't be surprised if FIFA gives them a punishment. The Gold cup expulsion is from Concacaf not FIFA. FIFA may take that action if they try to fight it.

Nicaragua's argument is that FIFA is retroactively applying a policy. The background to that is before 2020 FIFAs naturalization period was 2 years. FIFA updated it to 5 years in 2020. With this, it sounds as if Nicaragua has a leg to stand on.

Now this is where Nicaragua loses. Under FIFA guidelines prior to 2020, the player was required
to spend two consecutive years in the country they are becoming naturalized. The player in question Rodriguez, moved to Nicaragua in 2018, and got citizenship under Nicaraguas naturalization process. Whatever that was. This took place in either 2018 or 2019. What this meant is that Rodriguez never did his 2 consecutive years under FIFAs guidelines.

To put the nail in the coffin, Rodriguez moved to Paraguay in 2019 for 5 months. Meaning that he never spent his 2 consecutive years in Nicaragua and that if he was to follow FIFAs guidelines, his naturalization period would be restarted when he returns to Nicaragua. However since the policy was changed to 5 years, the mix up lies here.

Finally, Nicaragua was apparently warned about this. This is where they are using circular reasoning. Nicaragua's argument is that Concacaf knew about this matter and did not tell them that it was illegal. BIG 😆.

I can't seen Nicaragua finding their way out of this. If they try to fight it at the CAS, FIFA will hand them a ban from all competition.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: June 25, 2023, 08:26:43 PM »
Haiti!!! Always exciting to watch. Good come back win. They are lucky Qatar did not get the two penalties. Group B look like the most competitive.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: June 25, 2023, 04:21:25 PM »
We're giving up too much space before the 18yard box. Plus too much easy corners and free kicks. They can't afford to do this vs JA and USA.

Other than that, Eve gets a B to B+. Ok tactics against ST Kitts. Wednesday will be his true test though. I expecting JA to come out attacking and trying to control the game early.

The team gets a B+. Some plays were questionable. But I like that Auvray and Fortune are willing to hold the ball and attack. We need that.

Whatever happened to Hyland?

 Daniel Phillips is actually a top defensive midfield. Would have liked to see him line up against the four English players playing for JA.

Auvray, Gill and Fortune are the future.

Happy with the result. This is the confidence we need.

Football / Re: 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Thread
« on: June 22, 2023, 12:26:27 PM »
Yea. I go throw this into the mix, the foreign born might not be as passionate as the home grown. The home grown grow up wishing to represent their nation. Foreign born grow up wishing to represent their nation (Netherlands) before the nation of their parents or Grandparents.

The homegrown realize this is all they have when they're playing. But the foreign born know they gonna jump in a plane an go back to Netherlands where life is easy as a professional footballer.

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