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Football / W Connection in two Pro League Youth finals
« on: July 23, 2007, 10:37:35 PM »
W Connection in two Pro League Youth finals

VIBE CT 105 W Connection moved a step closer to completing the double in the T&T Pro League Youth knockout competition by advancing to both the Under-15 and Under-17 age-group finals on Sunday.

W Connection Under-15’s got a 23rd minute strike from Ameil Brooks to beat Defence Force 1-0 in their semifinal at Gilbert Park, California.

The W Connection youngsters are now expected to meet league champions, CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh, who also won 1-0 over Joe Public.

Vernell Ramirez got the lone goal for Jabloteh at the Barataria Junior Secondary Ground.

At same venue on Sunday, the W Connection Under-17’s players also had a similar 1-0 win over Superstar Rangers via a Jevon Cornwall strike in the 35th minute.

Defence Force is scheduled to meet the winner of Police/Petrotrin match which is under review by the discipline committee after the Oil-Boys lodged a protest.


(Under-13 Division League)

UNITED PETROTRIN 3 (Shackell 3rd, 26th, Kunell Cox 53rd) vs SUPERSTAR RANGERS 0.

SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 2 (Garvin Samaroo 42st, Mc Kesi Quashie 52nd) vs W CONNECTION 0.

T&T Pro League knockout semifinals

(Under-15 Division )

SAN JUAN JABLOTEH 1 (Vernell Ramirez) vs JOE PUBLIC 0.

W CONNECTION 1 (Ameil Brooks 23rd) vs DEFENCE FORCE 0.

(Under-17 Division)

W CONNECTION 1 (Jevon Cornwall 35th) vs SUPERSTAR RANGERS 0.

©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited

Football / Watch Out !!..The Americans are Coming !!
« on: July 07, 2007, 01:47:30 PM »
Altidore scores twice as U.S. shocks Brazil 2-1 to top Group D
July 7, 2007

OTTAWA (AP) -- Jozy Altidore scored a goal in each half and gave the United States a 2-1 victory over Brazil on Friday, sending the Americans to the second round of the Under-20 World Cup and possibly eliminating the four-time champions.

The New York Red Bulls forward put the United States ahead in the 12th minute and, after Leandro Lima tied it in the 64th, converted off a deflection in the 81st for the win. The victory helped the Americans finish atop Group D with seven points.

The U.S. moves into the round of 16 and will face a third-place team from one of the other groups in Toronto on Wednesday.

"I'm very proud to captain a U.S. team to a win against Brazil, and when I look back on this someday I'm going to think of it as a great accomplishment for our team," Freddy Adu said.

The result left Brazil -- which also lost to Poland in its opener -- with just three points and hoping to secure one of four berths given to third-place teams.

With thousands in the capacity crowd of 26,500 dressed in the yellow of the Canarinhos -- dancing to the beating of drums and chanting "Bra-sil, Bra-sil," the Americans faced a partisan atmosphere at Frank Clair Stadium.

"Anytime for a developing nation to beat the giants, the traditional powers like Brazil, is important," U.S. coach Thomas Rongen said. "It's important to push football in our country to a higher level, and these games, and hopefully the attention that this game gets will help that."

Brazil played the match without Benfica's David Marinho, who received a four-match ban earlier in the day for an elbow to South Korea's Shin Young-rok in Tuesday's match that sent the Korean to the hospital.

Both teams had chances early, but it was the U.S. that capitalized first when Altidore handled Renato Augusto at midfield.

While the Brazilian fell looking for a whistle from Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco, Altidore dribbled to the edge of the penalty area and fired a low, angled drive that eluded goalkeeper Cassio.

The Brazilians used physical play to tie the match.

U.S. goalkeeper Chris Seitz couldn't hang on to Augusto's hard volley from the top of the penalty area and before he could smother the rebound, Lima outmuscled a defender and poked it across the goal line.

But just when it looked like Brazil had done enough, the U.S. converted on one of its rare forays into Brazil territory in the second half.

Adu dribbled in from the right and his shot deflected off a defender to the far post, where Altidore scored into an open net.


Football / CNNMoney: Brand it like Beckham
« on: July 07, 2007, 10:32:17 AM »
Brand it like Beckham
David Beckham's economic impact on long-suffering U.S. soccer league is being felt, even before his first game here.
A weekly column by Chris Isidore, senior writer
July 6 2007: 5:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK ( -- The David Beckham brand hits the U.S. market this month.

Beckham will soon be seen in U.S. commercials for adidas, Walt Disney's (Charts, Fortune 500) sports network ESPN and cell phone maker Motorola (Charts, Fortune 500). He'll likely be on the cover of major U.S. magazines and papers, as well as leading sports reports and other television news coverage.

David Beckham is already having an economic impact on U.S. professional soccer before his first game here.
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Soccer superstar David Beckham signs with the Los Angeles Galaxy. CNN's Pedro Pinto reports. (January 11)
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Beckham talks about his move to Los Angeles. (January 12)
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Oh yes, he might also play a few games of European football, AKA soccer, here on this side of the pond, as he joins the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer (MLS).

For those soccer fans who have been patiently waiting for Americans to warm up to the world's favorite sport, this would seem to be their moment. While Americans have had only brief flirtations with soccer in the past, they've had a long-time meaningful love affair with celebrities and media superstars.

And Beckham clearly qualifies as that, even among the 90 percent of fans here who can't tell you the name of a single U.S.-born male soccer player.

The polling of Americans done by talent marketing agency Davie Brown Entertainment found that 51.9 percent of Americans know who Beckham is. That's more than twice the 25 percent who know the best player on arguably the best team in U.S. sports right now, the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan.

The next best known soccer player is retired women's player Mia Hamm at 48 percent. Landon Donovan, who will be Beckham's teammate on the Galaxy, is known by only 9.1 percent of Americans, even though he's been in the league six years and has played for the American team in two World Cups.

Similar survey results were reached by Marketing Evaluations, which compiles the Q score ratings used by advertisers. But its findings on positive and negative view of those surveyed were somewhat lower than those found by Davie Brown.

"He's well known, but he hasn't established himself with any kind of positive appeal, at least in this country," said Henry Schafer of Marketing Evaluations.

But what most Americans know about Beckham is his celebrity, not his play.

His wife Victoria is Posh of the British pop group the Spice Girls and both have been featured frequently in gossip magazines and Web sites both here and in Europe.

"He's 31, he's got fashionable hair and a popular wife," said Simon Chadwick, director of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre at the University of London. He thinks Beckham's cultural icon status could help boost soccer's popularity in the U.S.

Beckham is already one of the top athletes in terms of endorsements, with the Times of London estimating his deals are worth £20.5 million a year, or $41.3 million. And that's even with the expiration of a three-year deal with Procter & Gamble (Charts, Fortune 500) unit Gillette last month.

And he is cashing in with the Galaxy as well. His contract, which includes a share of ticket and merchandize sales, could net him $250 million in five years. To put that in perspective, that's about the same pay the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is getting over ten years.

Still, Beckham could wind up being a bargain for the Galaxy. His base salary of $5.5 million for this year, a MLS record, has already been covered by increased revenue for the Galaxy.

Beckham's first game, an exhibition match on July 21 against British team Chelsea, has already sold out the Home Depot Center, a soccer-only stadium that seats 27,000.

A July 28 game in the Los Angeles Coliseum against a Mexican team might not sellout that 92,000-capacity stadium, but MLS is hopeful that it will come close. And the rest of the league is optimistic about what Beckham can do for their teams.

Red Bull New York has already sold about 26,000 tickets to the Galaxy's Aug. 18 game at Giants Stadium, far more than their top crowd of 15,546 so far this year. And tickets to that Beckham game haven't even gone on sale through Ticketmaster yet.

Marc de Grandpre, managing director of Red Bull New York, said the team has included the Beckham game as part of multi-game ticket packages in order to boost sales for other games as well. He added that this has resulted in a 180 percent increase in multi-game packages sold this year versus a year ago.

"Beckham represents an extraordinary worldwide brand," he said. "His arrival in the states is unparalleled to any other foreign athlete plying their trade in the US, regardless of sport."

And Beckham could also lift the U.S. game in the eyes of soccer fans worldwide, who have always had reason to look down on our version of what the rest of the world calls football.

"'[The Beckham signing] has changed the perception of U.S. football outside the United States," Chadwick. "There's an appreciation that the game is being played at a much higher level."

Football / 70,000 reasons to win Republic Shield
« on: July 07, 2007, 10:05:07 AM »
70,000 reasons to win Republic Shield

Saturday, July 7th 2007
 TWO hundred teams registered for last year's annual Republic Bank Youth Football Tournament and organisers expect much more in 2007 after giving them 70,000 reasons to capture the Republic Shield title.

The tournament was launched at Republic Bank, Park Street, Port of Spain, on Wednesday when it was announced that a new four-team Special Olympians category will kick off the tournament at nine a.m. tomorrow, at Casuals Corner, Queen's Park Savannah.

The tournament also caters for seven other categories, including boys and girls teams between the ages 12 to 17 years.

This year, the competition runs from July 8-August 4 and will see teams vying for more than $70,000 in prizes, as well as 12 scholarships valued $200,000 to the week-long Republic Bank football camps which the sponsors host twice annually.

The tournament will be held at venues throughout Trinidad and Tobago, kicking off on July 15 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, while other venues and competition dates are: Presentation College, Chaguanas (July 21); Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre (July 22); Eddie Hart Ground, Tacarigua (July 28); Larry Gomes Stadium, Arima (July 29); and the Palo Seco Recreation Ground (August 1).

The grand finals of the tournament take place on August 4 at the Queen's Park Savannah.

Prizes will be awarded for the champion team and runner-up in each category and there will also be incentives for the Most Valuable Player, Most Disciplined Player and Most Promising Player.

-Ian Prescott

Football / Jabloteh, Caledonia at 'Larry Gomes'
« on: July 07, 2007, 10:02:57 AM »
Jabloteh, Caledonia at 'Larry Gomes'
Saturday, July 7th 2007
FACE OFF: Striker Kelvin Hernandez, left, of United Petrotrin crouches as he tries to prevent Michael Edwards of Defence Force getting past him in Tuesday's T&T Pro League game at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Defence Force won 3-0.

NEAL & MASSY CALEDONIA AIA handed CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh their lone defeat of the season, a 3-0 drubbing at the Larry Gomes Stadium on April 14, to start the 2007 T&T Pro League season.

Some might think it's the best $10 they can spend today, to see whether Caledonia can repeat the feat when they again host Jabloteh in a top-of-the-table clash from 4 p.m. at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar.

The fixture was scheduled as Jabloteh's home game and was originally due to be played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, but the venue is unavailable.

Since the opening defeat, Jabloteh have run up seven victories and are now joint leaders of the competition with today's opponents, both teams having 23 points from ten matches.

Jabloteh, no doubt, are taking the game seriously, putting in a strenuous training effort on Tuesday under English head coach Terry Fenwick at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.

Among those practising with the Jabloteh squad were Trinidad and Tobago World Cup players Aurtis Whitley and Cyd Gray, as well as Dwayne Jack and Trent Noel, who played in the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jamaal Shabazz, coach of Caledonia AIA, has also noted the emergence of Jabloteh since they last met and has done his homework. He rates his opponents highly, but still thinks "Cali" good enough to come away winners.

"They like to play with a target player and we know that Peter Buyers is a very good player. We are excited about the game because we always feel that Jabloteh are a top opponent and we are eager to look for some consistency at their expense," said Shabazz.



4 p.m.-San Juan Jabloteh v Caledonia AIA, Larry Gomes Stadium

4 p.m.--W Connection v Defence Force, Ato Boldon Stadium

4 p.m.--United Petrotrin v Joe Public, Palo Seco Recreation Ground


4 p.m.-Police v Superstar Rangers, Ato Boldon Stadium

4 p.m.-North East Stars v Tobago United, Sangre Grande Recreation Ground.



Caledonia AIA 10 7 1 2 19 8 23

San Juan Jabloteh 10 7 1 2 21 12 23

Joe Public 10 7 2 1 21 7 22

W Connection 10 4 2 4 15 10 16

North East Stars 10 3 4 3 11 10 12

Defence Force 10 3 4 3 13 15 12

Superstar Rangers 10 3 5 2 18 17 11

United Petrotrin 10 3 5 2 10 16 11

Police FC 10 2 8 0 11 25 6

Tobago United 10 1 8 1 9 28 4

Football / Game 2: U-17s get & give good fight vs Peru.
« on: June 17, 2007, 12:20:16 AM »
U-17s get & give good fight vs Peru.
By: Shaun Fuentes (TTFF).

They went a step better and proved that they are by no means way off their South American counterparts, finishing off a tightly contested friendly in their opponents goalmouth. It was a 0-0 scoreline as Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 17 team and Peru’s Under 17s completed their second of two warm up matches at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya on Saturday evening.
Both teams, finalists in the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Championship, gave a taste of what they hope to put on show on the Korean stage but were yet far from ready to show off a Finals display and thankful too that they were still some time away from their closing dress rehearsals.
T&T head coach Anton Corneal was a pleased man though as his boys demonstrated that they were equipped to handle the South American kind of challenge which they will meet against Colombia in August. Of course then points and progress in the Championship will be at stake.
Kenwyne Jones has emerged as one of T&T’s current internationally recognized strikers stemming from T&T’s hosting and appearance at the 2001 Under 17 Championship and fans at the Marvin Lee may have been witnessing the emergence of future local stars. But they got a first hand look at one of the brightest talents on the rise in Peruvian football and perhaps South America based on the ratings given to this player during the South American qualifiers. Number 7 striker Reimond Manco was an exciting sight and provided a stern test for the T&T defense on the evening.
The Alianza Lima forward topscored with three goals and received the “Player of the tournament” award during the South American qualifiers in which his country finished fourth. In the opening phase of their campaign they defeated eventual tournament winners Brazil 2-1 and Bolivia 4-0. Despite some inconsistent results in the second phase, they fought back to draw 2-2 and 1-1 with Ecuador and Argentina respectively to book their place in Korea under head coach Juan Jose Ore, qualifying for any kind of FIFA Finals for the first time since 1978 when its senior team played in the World Cup in Argentina.
Those facts by itself should have skipper Leston Paul and his charges believing more.
T&T created chances and should have put the game away, at least in the 89th minute when substitute Stephan Campbell muffed a golden opportunity, hitting over bar after the loose ball came to him following a right side free kick.
Earlier on, Paul had an ambitious shot from outside go over bar but the Peruvians looked more at ease on the ball, with clinical passing and interchanging as their players stroked the ball around on the artificial surface. But T&T were not to be outdone and what they lacked in cohesion, they made up for in persistence and continuous effort.
Speedy forward Daniel Joseph spurned his effort wide and then Sheldon Bateau headed over bar before the first half approached its midway mark. Manco had Peru’s best attempt of the half, but his close range try was kept out.
Seven minutes into the second half, overlapping right side player Micah Lewis brought the crowd to life when he turned Gary Correa around on the right of the box, first cutting left and then shifting right in effortless fashion but his cross was low and cleared to safety.
In the 61st minute, T&T on one of its rare surges up to that point of the half, saw Paul send Lewis wide on the right but his resulting cross was too much for Kevin Molino to latch on to. A minute later, the hard running Knox laid one back for Paul as his swift effort just missed the crossbar on its way out.
Moments later, goalie Jessie Fullerton had to rush off his line to force Manco wide and prevent him from getting any accuracy on his strike.
Another good chance was squandered twelve minutes from the 90 minute mark when Paul picked out the overlapping Lewis on the right and after his quick send over beat Molino, the ball fell right for substitute Isaiah Ferguson but his rush was too much as his shot from near the penalty spot went over bar. Anthony Molina and Yovic De La Cruz also hit over bar on separate occasions. Then Ryan O'Neil thought he would have a decent try before being stripped off the ball and later on had his effort blocked before Campbell hit the follow up off target after Pedro Gallesse made a partial stop.
Peru never lost composure though and made a couple purposely runs in T&T’s half down the stretch but T&T were the ones who would have felt a little more satisfied with the even result when referee Shane De Silva blew proceedings off.

Trinidad & Tobago: - Jesse Fullerton (Glenroy Samuel 71st), Aubrey David (Stephan Campbell 58th) Sheldon Bateau, Akeem Adams, Leston Paul (capt), Stephen Knox (Isaiah Ferguson 69th), Daniel Joseph (Kevin Molino 60th), Robert Primus (Ryan O’Neil 69th), Jean Luc Rochford, Chike Sullivan (Sean De Silva 58th), Micah Lewis.

Peru: - Peru: Manuel Calderon, Yovic De La Cruz (Christian La Torre 76th), Nestor Duarte (capt) (Jairo Hernandez 55th), Pedro Gallesse, Joseph Munoz, Anthony Molina, Cesar Ruiz, Juan Zevallos, Reimond Manco, Bryan Salazar, Gary Correa.
Corneal: Players beginning to be themselves.
By: Shaun Fuentes (TTFF).

National Under 17 team head coach Anton Corneal singled out right flanker Micah Lewis as an example of one who is beginning to express himself through his own style of play while following with the team’s overall structure and system of play as it continues the build up to the 2007 FIFA Under 17 World Championship starting in August.
Speaking after T&T battled to a 0-0 draw with Peru’s Under 17s at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya on Saturday, Corneal added that he had indicated to his players that they must be able to play their natural game at times once the opportunity presented itself in matches. And Lewis did just that with some explosive runs down the right which gave T&T some force going forward.
“He (Lewis) felt comfortable. Today he was a little more direct and explosive and that’s the Lewis we will like to see. At times we want to give them the opportunity to express themselves. Even though we play a system and with a structure, inside of that structure they need to blossom and be themselves,” Corneal responded when asked about the player’s performance against the South Americans. Lewis has been a starter in all of T&T’s recent slate of matches, including the qualifiers in Jamaica but stood out on Saturday more than in the previous outings.
Corneal felt more encouraged by the showing of his players in the second game, adding “It seems a little more encouraging. It was more competitive game than the first game and again it gives us an indication of where we are. A little part of the game we have been working on we saw it today where we tried to defend the line a bit outside the 18 and top of the 18 yard box. It’s just a simple part of the game but to us it’s a major plus because I think we have a month and a half to master it.
“Of course we want to win. We missed a couple chances and we have to start converting. Our discipline to keep our markers was not too bad tonight.”
Corneal went to explain that gradually the team was beginning to gather all the ingredients necessary for them to compete at a higher level, as a unit on the international stage.
“We will be able to see exactly where we are. We go to Venezuela next week where we play again and we will have a better idea. We did pretty well fitness wise and I was a bit surprised because we haven’t been doing a lot of endurance work. But I think these guys are now starting to know what a passion feels like so they play inside and that’s what we want, when you play from inside you tend to go the distance a lot easier.”
On the issue of captaincy with midfielder Leston Paul wearing the armband for the two-match series, he added “It’s important and as I told those guys we are all captains we all need to be leaders. We have not come up with a firm decision on which player will lead the team that will be a natural selection indirectly we will see which player steps up and decide I am a leader and we will of course give that person the opportunity.”
Corneal was obviously a pleased man as his boys demonstrated that they were equipped to handle the South American kind of challenge which they will meet against Colombia in August. Of course then points and progress in the Championship will be at stake.
Kenwyne Jones has emerged as one of T&T’s current internationally recognized strikers stemming from T&T’s hosting and appearance at the 2001 Under 17 Championship and fans at the Marvin Lee may have been witnessing the emergence of future local stars on Saturday. But they got a first hand look at one of the brightest talents on the rise in Peruvian football and perhaps South America based on the ratings given to this player during the South American qualifiers. Number 7 striker Reimond Manco was an exciting sight and provided a stern test for the T&T defense on the evening.
The Alianza Lima forward topscored with three goals and received the “Player of the tournament” award during the South American qualifiers in which his country finished fourth. In the opening phase of their campaign they defeated eventual winners Brazil 2-1 and Bolivia 4-0. Despite some inconsistent results in the second phase, they fought back to draw 2-2 and 1-1 with Ecuador and Argentina respectively to book their place in Korea under head coach Juan Jose Ore, qualifying for any kind of FIFA Finals for the first time since 1978 when its senior team played in the World Cup in Argentina.
Those facts by itself should have skipper Paul and his charges believing more.
The team is scheduled to depart on Wednesday for Venezuela where it will play another friendly against an Under 17 team from there.

Football / Warriors lawyer chides FIFA VP's tone.
« on: June 17, 2007, 12:14:56 AM »
Warriors lawyer chides FIFA VP's tone.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).

Warner offside.

FIFA vice-president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) special adviser Jack Warner should watch what he says about the Soca Warriors.
Athletes One Legal, the London-based legal representative of 16 Trinidad and Tobago 2006 World Cup players, suggested that comments attributed to Warner in yesterday's daily newspapers were "wide of the mark" and possibly defamatory.
Warner told the Caribbean Media Corporation that the disgruntled Warriors were "consumed by greed" and had needlessly held their country "to ransom". The CONCACAF president also blamed the players for the lack of negotiation between the parties and warned that "they will stay outside the pail of organised football" until they dropped the threat of legal action.
Shaka Hislop, a Dallas FC goalkeeper and one of the World Cup stand-outs, said the players, who all received the nation's second highest award of Chaconia Medal (gold) for their performances in Germany, were preparing a response to Warner's statements and had no immediate comment.
However, Michael Townley, Athletes One Legal's lead lawyer, said his firm repeatedly requested dialogue with the T&TFF over 2006 World Cup bonuses but failed to even receive the courtesy of a response.
The Warriors agreed a 50 per cent split of World Cup revenue with the T&TFF prior to the Germany World Cup but, last September, refused to accept the proposed handout of $5,644.08 per player after querying the authenticity of the figure. Dialogue has been virtually non-existent ever since, while coach Wim Rijsbergen was ordered not to use the players in friendly matches or for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
"The record shows that the T&TFF has not made any serious effort to negotiate with the players," Townley told the Sunday Express. "The players have been trying from the beginning to set up dialogue and understand the process by which we can negotiate. It is not a case of getting back to the table because we have never been invited to the table.
"Mr Warner's statements are very wide of the mark. The players would rather have a negotiation but it takes two to tango and the T&TFF has never been at the dance."
Townley described Warner's unhappiness about the players seeking legal advice as "incredible" and added it was the T&TFF's perceived lack of transparency that made lawyers necessary.
He said the players initially attempted to negotiate with the T&TFF on their own but felt they were being tricked and saw it necessary to get help.
"Lawyers are used to help in settlement negotiations," said Townley. "It is standard practice and should not be taken as a hostile act at all It is really inappropriate for Warner to suggest that the players should not seek independent legal advice.
"The point about lawyers is that they become essential if one side is disputing a contract. They have made lawyers necessary and not the players."
Townley denied his clients were greedy and insisted they acted on a point of principle. The Warriors, he said, did not know whether they were entitled to "a small sum, a modest sum or a more generous sum" but merely wanted the agreement between players and administrators to be settled in a transparent manner.
"If the T&TFF shows proper accounting, the players would accept that," he said.
He suggested that Warner, who negotiated the controversial pact on behalf of the T&TFF, should mind his manners when he speaks about the country's football stars.
"It is in my mind that if he describes the players as greedy mercenaries," said Townley, "it is either defamatory or getting very close to being so.
"It is very much in the T&TFF's hands to remove this matter from the lawyers and court. But Warner's comments, with that hostility, will make legal action more likely and not less likely."
Townley said he expected to initiate court proceedings against the T&TFF within the next week.

Football / Baseball is a more "MANLY" sport than Football(soccer) !!
« on: June 10, 2007, 11:11:17 AM »
Today I was told Baseball is more "MANLY"  than Football(soccer)....i.e. real men play who play football are skinny and girly!!!

before I talk about the rest of the converstion with this baseball fan and my rebuttal I would like to here your thoughts.....

Football / FIFA clamps down on soccer cases going to civil courts
« on: May 31, 2007, 08:21:28 AM »
FIFA clamps down on soccer cases going to civil courts
By Mark Ledsom

ZURICH, May 31 (Reuters) - World soccer's governing body FIFA stepped up its efforts to keep sporting disputes out of civil courts on Thursday with the organisation's annual Congress voting overwhelmingly to tighten the relevant statutes.

FIFA's member associations approved by 198 votes to three new proposals under which the associations will undertake to punish any "leagues, members of leagues, clubs, members of clubs, players, officials and other association officials" who take their disputes to ordinary courts of law.

Outgoing FIFA vice-president David Will acknowledged that the organisation's present statutes already prohibited such actions, but said that the amended text would "toughen up and set down the regulations more precisely."

Will added that FIFA's determination had been strengthened by a ruling in its favour by the Swiss Federal Court, which in January rejected a civil claim brought against FIFA by Spanish club Rayo Vallecano.

Four other amendments recommended by FIFA's executive committee were also comfortably approved by Congress, including an obligation for national referees committees to come under the jurisdiction of their national associations and a change in the statutes bringing FIFA fully in line with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Following Thursday's vote, FIFA can now launch its own appeals to CAS over doping-related decisions made by national associations or confederations.

The Task Force set up two years ago to examine various aspects of the sport made its final report to Congress with its recommendations on agents, betting and transfer regulations expected to be approved by the executive committee at its November meeting in Durban, South Africa.


Football / Red Bulls won't comment on possible Sheringham move
« on: May 17, 2007, 11:17:35 PM »
Red Bulls won't comment on possible Sheringham move
May 17, 2007
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - The New York Red Bulls did not comment Thursday on speculation linking veteran Premiership striker Teddy Sheringham with a move to the MLS club.

The 41-year-old former England striker, who has been released by West Ham United, was on Wednesday linked with a move to the Red Bulls of MLS, where he would join a growing number of British players following David Beckham to play in the United States.

However, a Red Bulls spokesman said the club did not discuss players not under contract to the club.

Sheringham joining the Red Bulls is unlikely, given that the club already has used its maximum number of designated player signings that allow it to circumvent the team salary cap of $2 million and offer big-money contracts to players.

Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena signed Claudio Reyna from Manchester City in January and Juan Pablo Angel from Aston Villa under the ruling. If Sheringham were offered a contract, it would be unlikely to be in excess of $300,000 per year, way below anything the former Tottenham and Manchester United forward could command in England.

Striker Charlie Sheringham, Teddy's 19-year-old son, is on loan for the summer from Crystal Palace and playing for Crystal Palace FC USA in the United Soccer League's Division Two.


Football / Maybe Warner Delivered after All....!!!
« on: May 15, 2007, 07:42:43 PM »
Youth Development - The way forward.
Wed Dec 10, 2003 08:40

Youth Development - The way forward.
By: DR.

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there!! I’ve often wondered where Trinidad and Tobago’s football is heading. When one looks at the decline that represents our fall from the CFU summit and the type of money being spent, to achieve such results we must admit that those responsible have failed miserably.

FIFA vice-president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) special advisor Jack Warner recently promised “a host of changes” within the T&TFF and “a new dawn for local football”. He also revealed that the local body had highlighted certain initiatives “to turn local football around” from its present scenario of “doom and gloom”. “You can expect a host of changes from top to bottom.... All the changes are positive and you can expect to see a whole new dawn for local football from Thursday.” The desperation evident in his tone led me to believe that finally redemption was imminent.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) laid down the blueprint for another charge at a FIFA senior World Cup berth on Thursday May 15, 2003 when "Project 2006-The Way Forward" was launched at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Port of Spain. The project will cost an estimated $23,072,680, which should be sourced by an International Matches and Tours Committee chaired by T&TFF special adviser and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner. Key to the T&TFF's plans is the performance of the national teams and the local governing body has turned to St Lucia-born, but long-time Trinidad and Tobago resident, Stuart Charles-Fevrier to mould the "Soca Warriors". So went the report in the daily newspapers. Alas, the usual reshuffle took place with little fanfare and even lower expectations. The blueprint is but a wish and a prayer. Sadly missing were those highly touted “initiatives to turn local football around”. Did I miss something? Sadly, I did not.

Before one seeks solutions, one’s definitional system must be carefully examined, starting with the problem. What are the major problems with TT football set up? I’d say:

1. There are only short-term plans for all teams.
2. The football education of the youth is random or non-existent.

3. Budgetary problems.

As I reflect on the last two decades, I see a National “Programme” without direction. Technical directors were brought in and discarded with such regularity that we are reaping the benefits of their work. Why was this occurring? I believe that the “Programme” was set up to address short-term objective i.e. results in regional and sub-regional events. Here teams are assembled on short notice, with little or no preparation and high expectations. What is needed is a comprehensive long-term plan that would address intermittent goals, thus putting the program on sound footing. So here we are again at that juncture - the end of one mission and the beginning of a new pursuit, the failure to qualify for the Gold Cup, and onto the road to the World Cup. There is nothing in place for place for beyond the WC, which begins soon, and would most likely end as those prior attempts. We need to begin at the beginning, dust off one of our many development plans, and begin the implementation process.
The youth movement is the group that should be identified to receive the greatest investment. This is where the seeds of future success must be sown. While we were trudging along, there was a worldwide movement to broaden the base participation while improving the football education to the young, with an eye to culling the cream of the crop for further development. This part of any national Programme must define the way this development is managed. The introduction of players, talent identification, player development should all be facilitated in our quest to progress as a footballing nation. The football world is littered with examples of development programs that we may use as guides. From our inaction on this front, am I to conclude that we are satisfied with the quality coming through? If not how are we planning to “fix” the supply lines?

There was also some talk about some collaboration with the AYSO. While this would put a structure in place for greater participation in the sport, it does not represent the elite training component we desperately need. The French Academy has become the preferred model. Selected youth players 12 -15 years old participating in 35 to 40 matches per year, and receiving specialized coaching 3-4 times per week tells of the disparity that currently exists between our approach and that of the top Europeans. The US has Bradenton Academy, which together with project-40 has similar levels of exposure to specialized coaching and matches as the top Europeans. Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA continue to dominate the Confederation at all levels, largely based on their investment in youth. They are 8-10 years ahead of us. How could we make that up in 2 short years?

$23M is budgeted for our current short-term mission. Implementation of the plans for the Road to 2014 and beyond must also be launched today. That would truly indicate that the “way forward” is no longer an after-thought, but a process at work over time which can now be reviewed periodically and amended as needed to continue progress to the point where we are able to send consistently, capable representation to all future world football events - from age group through senior levels. What then is our annual budget for this longer-term plan? Zero dollars.

In the major soccer playing nations, player development is done at the professional clubs’ academies, national academies, club apprenticeships or a combination of them. Since big budgets for exclusive, elaborate academies are not available in Trinidad and Tobago, what can our immediate options be? The professional clubs are required to have youth teams, so some youth development is being facilitated now.
There is an educational structure in place with the physical plants being funded and operational. By designating a few school as “Sport Schools”, development for various sporting disciplines could be added to the academic requirements. This would now put the development under the aegis of the Education Ministry, thereby nixing the funding question. In the case of football, the following is a suggested organization of such program.

We have 6 zones in the TTFF. We can allocate one such school per zone. Upon the advise of the Technical Director, a head coach and assistant(s) duly qualified and trained to work with this age group, would conduct the program at each site. The programme would be designed and overseen by the TD. There would be 10 players admitted per year initially, for a maximum of 30 players all between the ages of 13 and 15 (say form2 thru 4). The programme would field teams in the zones U-17 league as part of their development. Admission into the program could be expanded over time to 20 per year. To achieve 20 players at age 13, 20 players at age 14, and 20 players at age 15. The clubs could draft the players upon graduation from the programme. The programme would receive compensation for players picked up by the professional clubs, which can be used to offset some of the program’s cost. There is also the question of participation in the CFL, which would need to be examined.

Academic classes would occupy the first part of the day, with the training program in the afternoon following an early afternoon break. There is some sacrifice required of the participants, as the hectic schedule would cut into their leisure and socializing time. It is a necessary trade off to take advantage of a window of opportunity towards the goal of fulfilling their potential on the football front.

The question isn’t whether to turn pro at 16 or 17, but the development choice one makes as a footballer. The future elite players must start training like a pro from a young age. Failure to do so would result in the players’ losing ground in development. The international game has changed, becoming more refined and professional even at the youth level. The mission of the programme being primarily the development of technically sound players, therefore the quality of the players coming out of such a programme would certainly raise the level of the local game. We must change the way we do thing, or lose all hope of ever making a mark on the game. Any investment in our youth is a small when compared to the results they would produce.

This is an old article 2003.....Did JW achieve some/all of the objectives set forth by the writer and what JW himself promised??..... ;D

Football / $22m sports facility for Princes Town
« on: May 10, 2007, 09:54:46 PM »
$22m sports facility for Princes Town

By Gail Alexander

Government is converting the Yolande Pompey recreation ground in Princes Town into a sub-regional facility in a $22 million project, says Sports Minister Roger Boynes.

It will involve a football field, tracks, bleachers and facilities for 600 people, two hard surface courts and other amenities.

Boynes, speaking at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news briefing, said the ground had undergone a piecemeal approach in the last 13 years which had not pleased the Government, regional corporation or stakeholders of the area.

After a study, it was categorised as a sub-regional ground.

It was felt by Government that “now is the time” to get the Sports Company to complete the facility, Boynes added.

He said the area was very important since a lot of well-known sports people hailed from the district.

The facility would be completed in the last quarter of 2007.

Football / Warrior Nation BOD
« on: April 29, 2007, 07:19:56 PM »
"How could this happen?... Where are the thousands of people who met us at the airport when we returned from Bahrain? Where are the persons who travelled to Germany with us? We were honoured and given national medals for making the country proud in Germany. Where are the Soca Warriors fans?"

Warrior Nation and Socawarriors.NET will be a shame if we do nothing and just talk on here!!  I would like to know if the the current B.O.D of the Warrior Nation has any plans in the works that the rest of us are not aware of...
??? ??? ??? ??? ???

Flex, Nigel Myers, Denzil Streete, Antonio Tobas, Anthony Valley: What are our plans??

The last time I judicially worked with everyone on here after a 3-4 days vetting process including Dreamer to get I think our first articles published in the Express...
I was chasitized by some by not going through the proper B.O.D channels....

I say to you what are we doing....
Please tell all your and WN faithfull what is our official stand on this matter

Football / Messi's amazing goal recalls memories of Maradona
« on: April 23, 2007, 06:13:49 PM »
Messi's amazing goal recalls memories of Maradona

Anyone has this video clip???

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LONDON (AP) -- Lionel Messi's spectacular goal for FC Barcelona brought back memories of just how good Diego Maradona used to be.

Fighting a cocaine habit and weight problems for a long time, the 46-year-old former Argentine captain has twice been admitted to a hospital in the last few weeks and was moved to a private psychiatric clinic Saturday to treat alcohol addiction.

But no matter how bad it gets, no matter how many demons he fails to control, soccer fans will still remember Maradona's greatness on the soccer field.

In 1986, when Maradona led Argentina to its second World Cup title, he scored two of soccer's most memorable goals against England in the quarterfinals.

The first was the "Hand of God" goal, in which the diminutive Maradona jumped with England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and punched the ball into the net.

The sleight of hand gave Argentina a 1-0 lead, but the real magic came four minutes later with a goal that was voted the greatest of the 20th century.

Maradona received the ball in his own half, ran through a pair of England players and sprinted toward the opposing goal. He beat two more opponents, fought off another and faked Shilton before shooting the ball into the net.

"You have to say that's magnificent," BBC commentator Barry Davies said after that goal.

It was, and it was matched by the 19-year-old Messi on Wednesday.

Barcelona was playing Getafe in the semifinals of the Copa de Rey, and Messi was in nearly the same spot on his team's side of the field when he received a pass from Xavi Hernandez.

The current Argentina forward -- this may sound familiar -- ran through a pair of Getafe players and sprinted toward the opposing goal. He beat two more opponents, fought off another and faked the Getafe goalkeeper before shooting the ball into the net.

It was another magnificent goal, and it brought the inevitable comparisons to Maradona.

"It's true that it is very like Diego Armando Maradona's, but I think Messi accelerated even faster," Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard said.

Getafe coach Bernd Schuster came up with the same thought that millions of England fans have expressed over and over for the last 21 years.

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"We should have fouled him," Schuster said.

But the best thing about all the talk -- and the videos of the goals being watched on the Internet -- is that it gives soccer fans a chance to remember Maradona for his skill rather than his lack of self-control.

Besides that 1986 title, Maradona also led Argentina to the 1990 World Cup final, and helped Napoli win its only two Serie A titles. Maradona played for the Italian club from 1984-91 and also helped it win the UEFA Cup and the Italian Cup.

In international soccer, Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina from 1977-94. He last played for the national team at the World Cup in the United States, where he failed a doping test and was sent home after two games. Argentina advanced from the first round but then lost to Romania in the second.

Maradona, who also played for Barcelona, retired from soccer in 1997, and Napoli retired his No. 10 jersey in 2000. He and Pele were co-honored as soccer's greatest player that year.

Messi isn't quite at that level yet, but he's still only a teenager and already has matched Maradona's under-20 world title in 1979 by helping Argentina win another in 2005.

In club soccer, Messi has helped Barcelona win the last two Spanish league titles and the Champions League in 2006. Barcelona is also in first place in the league this year, though it was eliminated from the Champions League in the second round.

But regardless of titles and championships and awards, Wednesday's goal will link Messi with Maradona -- even if Messi achieves nothing else in his career.

"It's impossible not to compare Messi's goal with Maradona's, but the comparison doesn't turn Messi into Maradona," said former Argentina international Jorge Valdano, who played with Maradona in 1986.

Hopefully for Messi, he'll win the titles and score the goals -- and not turn into Maradona off the field.


Football / Hislop: FC Dallas 3, Rapids 1
« on: April 23, 2007, 06:04:17 PM »
FC Dallas 3, Rapids 1
Preview - Box Score - Recap   

April 22, 2007

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Ramon Nunez scored twice to lead FC Dallas to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

Nunez broke a 1-1 tie in the 78th minute when he curled a free kick from the left side over a wall of defenders. The ball bounced off the fingertips of Rapids goalie Bouna Coundoul and into the right corner of the net.

FC Dallas was given the free kick after Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni received a yellow card for taking down Nunez near the penalty box.

In the 29th minute, Nunez took a pass from Dax McCarty and dribbled around Brandon Prideaux at the top of the goalies box, causing Prideaux to fall while trying to change directions, before placing a shot inside the left post from 12 yards out.

Jovan Kirovski tied the game at 1 in the 34th minute with an assist from Terry Cooke. Kirovski scored by taking a chip shot from inside the penalty box that bounced over the head of FC goalie Shaka Hislop and into the net.

Dominic Oduro gave FC Dallas an insurance goal in the 93rd minute.

Colorado has eliminated FC Dallas from the MLS Cup Playoffs in the last two seasons, both times on penalty-kick shootouts and on the road.

After last season's loss, a postgame altercation between the two clubs resulted in MLS suspending FC Dallas goalie Dario Sala for the first six games of the 2007 season for punching Kirovski and teammate Hunter Freeman.

The Rapids have not won a regular-season game on the road against FC Dallas since May 5, 2001.


Football / Public warning
« on: April 22, 2007, 10:11:50 PM »
Public warning

Defending champs stop Connection

Lasana Liburd

Monday, April 23rd 2007
TOUGH SPOT: Gary Glasglow

Joe Public, 2006 Trinidad and Tobago Pro League champions, reiterated their desire to remain the nation's top club on Saturday night with a composed 2-0 win over Vibe CT 105 W Connection at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.

Connection approached their task with the usual poise and flashes of radiance. But it will take more to unnerve a Public team capable of lethal attack off front or back foot.

Trinidad and Tobago coach Wim Rijsbergen, who was in attendance, has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with the local competition and Gary Glasgow knows it will be tough to keep his international spot ahead of foreign-based strikers like Sunderland's Stern John, Southampton's Kenwyne Jones, Sparta Rotterdam's Darryl Roberts and St Johnstone's Jason Scotland.

On current form, though, John-the country's record scorer with 67 goals from 100 caps as opposed to 12 from 53 by Glasgow-should be proud to play alongside the Public striker while there was enough to appreciate from the closing match of a Manny Ramjohn double-header.

The opening fixture, which featured a clash between the local Police and Defence Force, was tedious. The Army/Coast Guard unit deservedly won 2-1 as a goal apiece from Bevon Lewis and Sherman"Ants" Phillip kept out the Lawmen, who managed a fine late finish by substitute Keon Wilson.

Eight years have passed since the Defence Force were last domestic champions while Police's last league title came in 1994. Neither team are likely to enhance their glorious past this season.

Defence Force fielded a five-man midfield with the inclusion of ex-national youth player Chris Durity and managed to starve the Police frontmen of decent service for much of the game but the soldiers' wing play and movement were ordinary, at best. It meant an uninspiring affair from two of the Pro League's three clubs who boast of completely home-grown squads. The contrast between the two Marabella matches on Saturday was unmistakable.

For starters, Public and Connection offered notice to the flourishing football nurseries elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Public, coached by the Cuban duo of Domingo Hernandez and Manuel Rodriguez, play a mobile, combative brand of football epitomised by the ambitious Guyanese full back duo of Abassi McPherson and Carey Harris.

Connection, led by the esteemed St Lucian Stuart Charles-Fevrier, anchor their slick passing style with the street-smart savvy and brawn of the St Lucian pair of team captain and striker Earl Jean and sweeper Elijah Joseph-whose performances reject any notion of national bias on Fevrier's part.

The southern hosts began by hogging ball possession and testing their guest's patience but were put to the sword by a ruthless Public charge on the break.

Burly Nigel Pierre, who replaced injured talismanic striker Arnold Dwarika in the starting line-up, held off his marker and cleverly released right winger Kerry Baptiste, whose first-time cross was steered over the goal line by an alert Glasgow in the 43rd minute.

Connection pushed players forward in search of an equaliser but, with the speedy Glasgow in this mood, it was like juggling hand grenades.

Ten minutes after the break, Public doubled their lead after another potent combination from Glasgow and Baptiste.

Glasgow was the creator this time as he tricked promising Connection left back Kern Cupid with a stepover before dragging a low cross into the opposing area that Baptiste rammed into the roof of the net.

Two Public errors almost offered Connection a way back.

National defender Seon Power slashed at a clearance in the 70th minute but Connection substitute Andre Toussaint lost his nerve with a similarly wild finish while, four minutes later, midfielder Kayode McKinnon-one of four Guyanese players in Public's first team-was stripped in his own half but Jean's subsequent effort was blocked low by opposing goalkeeper and ex-Connection employee Alejandro Figueroa.

It was testament to Public's solid rearguard, led by captain and midfield lynchpin Dale Saunders, that Connection relied on unforced errors by the visitors for their best chances.

Football / Osei Telesford made his MLS debut: Fire 2, Wizards 1
« on: April 22, 2007, 01:43:07 PM »
Fire 2, Wizards 1
Preview - Box Score - Recap 

April 21, 2007

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- Chad Barrett and Chris Rolfe scored for the Chicago Fire in a 2-1 win over Kansas City on Saturday night.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute. Rolfe sent a ball over the halfway mark to Chris Armas.

Armas turned and ran, passing to Barrett. The Fire forward went up field, beating a Wizards defender and taking a shot to the left of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

Rolfe gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the 74th minute, sending a penalty kick into the lower-left corner of the net.

Kansas City's Nick Garcia took down Ivan Guerrero in the box, resulting in a penalty kick.

Carlos Marinelli scored on a penalty kick for the Wizards in the 90th minute. Diego Gutierrez took down Marinelli in the box, causing the penalty.

Kansas City defender Nick Garcia started his first match of 2007, after serving a one-game suspension. Garcia became the career minutes leader for Kansas City with 17,828 minutes played, passing Preki.

Ryan Pore made his first appearance of 2007 for the Wizards. Chicago's Osei Telesford made his MLS debut. The Fire signed midfielder Mike Banner to a developmental contract before Saturday's match.

Football / English striker Dichio signs with Toronto MLS team
« on: April 21, 2007, 12:32:18 PM »
English striker Dichio signs with Toronto MLS team
April 19, 2007
TORONTO (AFP) - English striker Daniele Dichio signed with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) here Thursday, arriving after two seasons at Preston North End, an English club one level below the Premiership.

Dichio, 32, began playing in 1993 and his tours of duty include stops with Italian Serie A squads Sampdoria and Lecce.

"He brings something different that teams won't like to play against," Toronto FC coach Mo Johnston said. "He's very good at holding the ball up, good on set pieces and defending them, and he brings us vast experience."

The first Canadian club in MLS history is off to an 0-2 start, losing 2-0 at Chivas USA and 4-0 at New England.

Toronto FC also made a swap of US players Thursday, sending midfielder Richard Mulrooney to defending league champion Houston Dynamo for defender Kevin Goldthwaite and a first-round pick in the 2008 MLS Draft.


Football / MLS in 2007
« on: April 07, 2007, 12:05:28 PM »
What's new in MLS in 2007
April 4, 2007

David Beckham isn't the be-all and end-all for Major League Soccer in 2007. Here's what else is new and noteworthy.

-- Expansion Toronto FC becomes league's 13th team and first in Canada. All 14,000 season tickets have been sold. Team will play at the new 20,000-seat BMO Field.

-- The Colorado Rapids also have a new stadium, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, which holds 18,000 fans. Seven MLS teams now have soccer-specific stadium.

-- Wild cards. For the first time, only the top two teams in each conference earn automatic playoff berths. They'll be joined by four wild cards -- the teams with the next highest point totals in the standings, regardless of conference.

-- A new TV contract ensures that every game will be televised for the first time in league history. The league's TV partners are ABC/ESPN, Univision, Fox Soccer Channel/Fox Sports en Espanol and HDNet.

-- SuperLiga, a tournament featuring four MLS teams and four Mexican clubs, debuts in July with a $1 million prize going to the winner.

-- For the first time, U.S. soccer has hired full-time referees to work some MLS games. Four have been hired; the rest are still part-time.

-- New players: In addition to Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy), new faces include Claudio Reyna (New York Red Bulls), Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Chicago Fire), Jim Brennan (Toronto FC), Roberto Brown (Colorado Rapids), Conor Casey (Toronto FC), Luciano Emilio (D.C. United), Fred (D.C. United), Maykel Galindo (Chivas USA), Carl Robinson (Toronto FC), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Luis Tejada (Real Salt Lake), Juan Carlos Toja (FC Dallas) and Andy Welsh (Toronto FC).


Football / Launch of the SuperLiga
« on: April 05, 2007, 07:17:30 PM »
MLS launches Beckham era in 2007
April 5, 2007
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Major League Soccer kicks off its 2007 season on Saturday with its new star attraction - David Beckham - waiting in the wings.

Beckham's leap from Real Madrid to the Los Angeles Galaxy - for a breathtaking compensation package worth a total of 250 million dollars - was front page news across the United States.

The former England captain won't join his new team until sometime after his contract with Real runs out in June. But already Beckham and his wife Victoria, long tabloid fodder in England, appear on their way to making themselves at home among the celebrities of Hollywood.

Victoria Beckham, the former Spice Girl, is to be the star of a new TV reality show chronicling her move to Los Angeles.

Beckham is already a pal of Hollywood mega-star Tom Cruise, and on a recent trip to California 'Posh Spice' enthused about meeting US movie idol Tom Hanks.

Beckham's profile is just what the MLS, which struggles for attention in the US sports market, was hoping for when it approved the designated player rule - the so-called Beckham Rule - which allows clubs to break their salary cap to sign one major player.

"You can't get any bigger than David Beckham," Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas said. "You have to pay for it, but the international attention that the Galaxy have got and the league has got is unprecedented."

The move has also brought Mexico's Cuauhtemoc Blanco to the Chicago Fire. He too is not expected to make his MLS debut until July at the earliest, after Mexico completes competition in this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America in South America.

The addition of marquee internationals isn't the league's only move in its effort to join the elite ranks of world football.

A partnership with the German Bundesliga and a recent deal between the Colorado Rapids and Arsenal are signs of a league looking for respect from established footballing countries.

There also is the launch of the SuperLiga, which will attempt to recreate the storied United States-Mexico rivalry at the club level.

The league is also turning it's attention north of the border, with the launch of Toronto FC taking MLS outside the United States for the first time.

The addition of Toronto gives the league 13 clubs, of which the Houston Dynamo will start the season as champions.

The Galaxy can be expected to rebound from a poor 2006 with a number of smart signings complementing the addition of Beckham.

On the East Coast, the New York Red Bulls have high hopes of competing for honors for the first time with former national team coach Bruce Arena rebuilding the club with the blueprint he used to make DC United the league's first powerhouse a decade ago.


Football / MLS, Bundesliga announce landmark partnership
« on: March 25, 2007, 09:20:24 PM »

March 13, 2007
MIAMI (TICKER) -- The MLS and the German Bundesliga announced a landmark partnership that will have the American soccer league share a number of aspects with one of the sport's top circuits, including player development.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the SPORTELAmerica Convention by MLS commissioner Don Garber and Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert. Both sides say there is something to learn from the other.

"We have a tremendous amount we can learn from our colleagues at the Bundesliga," MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis said. "We're very excited about it."

Seifert said the MLS and its salary cap could serve as a tool for the Bundesliga, which has the increasing player costs being felt by most European leagues.

"We view this (as) a partnership," he said. "We want to support the growth of soccer in the United States on a long-term basis."

The leagues also will exchange ideas on stadium construction and collaborate on licensing, new media and officiating.

The partnership was the idea of German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who has close ties to the Austrian owners of the New York Red Bulls of MLS.

"We initiated discussions with Major League Soccer because of the impressive progress it has made since its inception in 1996," Seifert said.

Under the agreement, the leagues could organize preseason tournaments. There is no provision for player exchange between the countries.

"This relationship marks an important step forward for Major League Soccer," Garber said. "We are all aware that this age of globalization means new challenges for soccer, the most global sport."

The deal is the latest in a number of steps taken by MLS to expand their international horizons.

The Colorado Rapids have announced a partnership with British Premiership club Arsenal and are in England this week. The biggest impact will come this summer, when international soccer superstar David Beckham moves from Real Madrid to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"One player will not change the world," Seifert said. "It's a step in the right direction. Beckham is not a guy at the end of his career. Most of all, he's a great soccer player. He will increase the value of the team."

Football / Sunlun back in 3rd...but still a good result!!
« on: March 18, 2007, 12:13:31 PM »

Birmingham  38 71 20 55 1-1 FT  v West Brom

Though Sunlun is back in 3rd spot, Birmingham only got 1pt from this game with West Brom

Football / Stern scores in Sunderland win
« on: March 17, 2007, 11:19:57 PM »
Stern scores in Sunderland win

Trinidad and Tobago striker Stern John came off the bench with seven minutes left and scored in the 90th minute to give Sunderland a valuable 2-0 victory over Hull City in the English Championship Division yesterday.

John's T&T teammate Dwight Yorke was also in action, playing the entire match from midfield where he had a goal disallowed and also set up a few chances.

The Black Cats went into yesterday's match against Hull unbeaten in 12 games, dating back to the turn of the year. Sunderland have taken 30 points from a possible 36 in 2007 and they remain firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion to the Premier League after going second in the table yesterday behind Derby County.

In an interview yesterday, John said consistency will be the key for Sunderland in the promotion run-in.

"We now have a chance to get promoted automatically this season, but if we are going to do that, we have to show the same sort of consistency as we've displayed over the time I have been here," said John. "I've been promoted from this division before-with Birmingham City-and what I know is that to finish in the top two you have to go on long, good runs where you don't lose matches. You have to put in displays where you turn draws into wins and you turn possible defeats into draws."

Sunderland scored a last-minute equaliser to secure a point against Stoke at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday and John says those kind of salvage jobs are essential for a side gunning for promotion.

"The main thing is to stay unbeaten because that builds confidence and it means that, even when you aren't at your best, you keep the points total ticking over. In this division this season there doesn't seem to have been much consistency among the sides. Results like Hull City at the bottom, beating Birmingham City at the top, have been quite common. And that is why no one has run away with the league's why so many teams are bunched up at the top of the table.

"The team that wins the league this season and the team that gets promoted alongside them will be the teams that show the sort of consistency that we have over the last few months.

"But we all know that there is a long way to go yet and a lot of hard work involved to really make a breakthrough at the top of the table.

What these last few games have shown us is that we have the squad and the attitude to compete with the very top sides. We are the in-form side and I don't think anyone fancies playing us at the moment."

Do we have one?  are there plans in the works to make an announcement? Did we make an annoucement? Who is heading the effort ?

I thought we were a new force and voice for TnT football  :-\

Football / John searches for first goal
« on: February 13, 2007, 11:49:08 PM »
John searches for first goal

Striker Stern John will be searching for his first goal for Sunderland in weeks to come, after he set up up their 71st minute strike in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Plymouth to improve their promotion chances.

John made his debut versus ex-club Coventry City last weekend, but couldn’t keep up his record of goalscoring performances on debut after performing that feat for ex-teams Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City and Coventry City.

Nonetheless, the 30-year-old goal-getter is hoping his addition to the lineup alongside Carlos Edwards and Dwight Yorke can help the club move into the Premiership.

“That is why I came here... because I want to play in the Premiership again and I want to play a part in getting the club back up again,” John said. “I think Dwight wants to go up again, Carlos wants to play at the highest level and I would love to finish off my career in England by playing in the top flight.

That desire, along with hard work and some luck, hopefully can do it for all of us,” he added. John also graces the covers of a new magazine – Stars Soccer Review, which was produced by Aldwyn McGill’s Caribbean All Stars out of Toronto in Toronto and highlights T&T’s 2006 World Cup participation, as well as football in North America and Trinidad.

Shaun Fuentes is the media officer for the

TTFF/Soca Warriors.

Football / Ince in line for award
« on: February 13, 2007, 11:46:58 PM »
Ince in line for award

Goalkeeper Clayton Ince is currently involved in a three-way contest for the Puma Golden Glove award for goalkeepers in the English League Two.

The former Defence Force custodian has been enjoying good form for Walsall this season and is in line for the award which goes to the goalie who has kept the most clean sheets throughout the ongoing season.

Ince, with 17 clean sheets so far, is behind Hartlepool United’s Dimitrios Konstantopoulos and Steve Phillips of Bristol Rovers who have 18 each.

The former Crewe Alexandra ’keeper is focusing on ensuring his team pick up maximum points at this point of the season as they sit at the top of the League Two table.

Ince also hopes to stay on past his contract time, which ends at the end of the season.

At this stage of the season every team has something to play for,” said the 34 year-old. Teams need points for different reasons and it’s not going to be pretty football every week. We showed earlier in the season that we are capable of knocking the ball around and then on Tuesday at Macclesfield, we showed that we can dig in and grind out a result.

I’d like to stick around and try to give the supporters something else to enjoy next season.

I will stop when my body gives out on me, or when I can no longer perform at the kind of level I’ve been used to,” Ince said.
©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited 

Football / Plenty proud of Roberts.
« on: February 13, 2007, 11:44:40 PM »
Plenty proud of Roberts.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).

New find: T&T player Darryl Roberts is headed for Holland.

Striker Darryl Roberts has apparently made a lot of people from Trinidad and Tobago proud of his achievement of signing a two-year deal with Sparta Rotterdam, who are currently 11th in the Dutch first division.
Roberts is a former El Dorado Junior Secondary and Fatima College player who only came to national prominence during the recent Digicel Caribbean Cup Finals.
Hailing from Trincity, he is based in the United States where he played college football for Liberty College. He is also a former Malta Carib Alcons youth footballer.
During Trinidad and Tobago's recent tour of Panama and Costa Rica, the news broke that the newcomer had become the country's latest European-based professional. Since then, the story has been one of the most supported on the internet version of the Trinidad Express and has received several hits from fans congratulating the 23-year-old Soca Warrior.
From London to New York, Trinbagonians have sent their comments giving the young striker the "big up" and urging him to work hard and succeed in Holland.
London Trini says: "Well done lad", while CJ of New York adds: "Well done meh lion".
Roberts has also been hailed as the new Dwight Yorke.

Football / Winning the Digicel By Losing!
« on: January 23, 2007, 09:45:27 PM »
I do not feel bad we lost to Haiti, we didnt get knocked around either - 2:1

We were able to use  not just a local team, ...but more importantly a local B-team (no Jabloteh players) to get to the finals and still give a good showing.

We were able to use this oppurtunity to look at players we would NOT normally look at in the local league and  in US colleges, and give them meaningful playing time.

And at the same time still give a good  representation of TnT.

We come away from this experience with  a wider pool of players, they have learned to play as a unit, and now futher reinforced most positions on the field.

Football / Do You think Fenwick have any regrets now??
« on: January 17, 2007, 07:41:08 PM »
The sqaud played with out any of the Jabloteh players...and win the tourney

Do you think the Jab-players and moreso Fenwick regrettin their choice !

Football / Lets clear the air On Hardest
« on: January 17, 2007, 07:17:42 PM »
For all those who heard commentary, went to the game or read reports and now able to get an idea of his play over the 3 matches.

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