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Football / Re: Women Warriors Thread
« on: February 02, 2017, 09:21:04 AM »
Liking this news! DJW and TTFA deserve some credit for putting this together!  :beermug:

Yes, good stuff by the TTFA.

Football / Re: TTFA hiring Women & Men coaches & Hart is still owed.
« on: January 31, 2017, 08:57:17 AM »

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Re: Machel Montano Thread!!
« on: January 28, 2017, 04:54:51 AM »
Machel, Kernel seek to have convictions overturned
By Rickie Ramdass

Soca star Machel Montano and songwriter Kernel Roberts who were both convicted four years ago on assault charges stemming from an incident outside a Port of Spain nightclub have mounted a legal challenge as they seek to have the convictions overturned.

Montano and Roberts were both present at the Court of Appeal in Port of Spain today for the first hearing of their appeal in which they are challenging the ruling of former Magistrate Maureen Baboolal-Gafoor who found them guilty in December 2012.

Justice of Appeal Alice Yorke-Soo Hon and Mark Mohammed presided over the hearing.

Montano was found guilty of assaulting Gerard Bowrin, Janelle Lee Chee, Brandis Browne and Russell Pollonais during a fracas at the Zen nightclub at the corner of Keate and Frederick Streets, Port of Spain, on April 26, 2007. Roberts was found guilty of assaulting both Browne and Pollonais.

Two other artistes, Joel "Zan" Feveck and Rodney "Benjai" LeBlanc's who were also charged alongside Montano and Roberts, were found not guilty.

The magistrate had ordered Montano to pay compensation totalling $13,500 and fines totalling $13,700. Roberts was ordered to pay compensation totalling $11,000 and fines totalling $13,000. The appeal will resume on April 26.

Football / Re: T&T vs Foreign Clubs (The Thread).
« on: January 27, 2017, 04:05:26 PM »
Nice thread to bump.

Football / Re: Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
« on: January 20, 2017, 01:04:21 PM »
Sam is right.

Bertille St Clair had walked out on the technical committee, St Clair is understood to have voted over the telephone. The Tobagonian is recovering from recent health issues and has not attended a committee meeting in months.

Football / Re: I heard Lawrence got the job
« on: January 19, 2017, 04:35:39 PM »
John-Williams offered to recuse himself from the deliberations, due to his closeness with Fevrier. According to two sources, the TTFA president appeared surprised and possibly annoyed that the board accepted his offer.

Football / Dennis Lawrence is now T&T head coach.
« on: January 19, 2017, 02:55:35 PM »
I heard Lawrence got the job

Just called home

Football / Re: Go for the Title - SWO previews Caribbean Cup.
« on: January 19, 2017, 01:13:50 PM »
Did we ever won this, I cant remember?

Football / Re: Carolina Morace Thread
« on: January 17, 2017, 05:55:10 AM »
Credit where credit is due.

Good going by the TTFA.

I just hope Carolina Morace gets the support without interference to do her job.

Football / Re: 2017 MLS Thread.
« on: January 14, 2017, 06:22:10 AM »
Round 1

Pick   Team   Player   Pos   College
1 (1)   Minnesota United   Abu Danladi   F   UCLA
2 (2)   Atlanta United   Miles Robinson   D   Syracuse
3 (3)   NYCFC (pick acquired from Chicago)   Jonathan Lewis   M   Akron
4 (4)   Portland Timbers (pick acquired from Houston)   Jeremy Ebobisse   F   Duke
5 (5)   Columbus Crew SC   Lalas Abubakar   D   Dayton
6 (6)   San Jose Earthquakes   Jackson Yueill   M   UCLA
7 (7)   Vancouver Whitecaps   Jakob Nerwinski   D   UConn
8 (8])   Atlanta United   Julian Gressel   M   Providence
9 (9)   Columbus Crew SC   Niko Hansen   F   New Mexico
10 (10)   Houston Dynamo   Joe Holland   M   Hofstra
11 (11)   Chicago Fire   Daniel Johnson   M   Louisville
12 (12)   D.C. United   Chris Odoi-Atsem   D   Maryland
13 (13)   Real Salt Lake   Reagan Dunk   D   Denver
14 (14)   Sporting Kansas City   Colton Storm   D   North Carolina
15 (15)   Colorado Rapids   Sam Hamilton   M   Denver
16 (16)   NYCFC (pick acquired from Seattle)   Kwame Awuah   M   UConn
17 (17)   New York Red Bulls   Zeiko Lewis   M   BC
18 (18)   FC Dallas   Jacori Hayes   M   Wake Forest
19 (19)   Montreal Impact   Nick Depuy   F   UCSB
20 (20)   New England Revolution   Brian Wright   F   Vermont
21 (21)   Toronto FC   Brandon Aubrey   D   Notre Dame
22 (22)   Seattle Sounders   Brian Nana-Sinkam   D   Stanford

Round 2

Pick   Team   Player   Pos   College
1 (23)   Minnesota United   Alec Ferrell   GK   Wake Forest
2 (24)   Colorado Rapids   Liam Callahan   D   Syracuse
3 (25)   Philadelphia Union (pick acquired from MInnesota)   Marcus Epps   M    South Florida
4 (26)   Chicago Fire (pick acquired from Toronto FC)   Stefan Cleveland   GK   Louisville
5 (27)   Chicago Fire (pick acquired from Toronto FC)   Guillermo Delgado   F   Delaware
6 (28)   San Jose Earthquakes   Lindo Mfeka   M   South Florida
7 (29)   Vancouver Whitecaps   Francis de Vries   M   St. Francis
8 (30)   Houston Dynamo   Jake McGuire   GK   Tulsa
9 (31)   New England Revolution   Napo Matsoso   M   Kentucky
10 (32)   Portland Timbers   Michael Amick   D   UCLA
11 (33)   Philadelphia Union   Aaron Jones   D   Clemson
12 (34)   D.C. United   Eric Klenofsky   GK   Monmouth
13 (35)   Real Salt Lake   Justin Schmidt   D   Washington
14 (36)   Houston Dynamo   Danilo Radjen   D   Akron
15 (37)   FC Dallas   Walker Hume   D   North Carolina
16 (38)   New York City FC   Jalen Brown   F   Xavier
17 (39)   New York Red Bulls   Ethan Kutler   F   Colgate
18 (40)   FC Dallas   Adonijah Reid   F   Canada Soccer
19 (41)   Montreal Impact   Shamit Shome   M   FC Edmonton
20 (42)   Minnesota United (pick acquired from Philadelphia)   Thomas de Villardi   M   Delaware
21 (43)   D.C. United   Jo Vetle Rimstad   D   Radford
22 (44)   Seattle Sounders   Dom Oduro   M   Youth international

Rounds 3 and 4 will take place via conference call on Tuesday.

Fenwick is a good coach but to defensive, maybe they could rehire Hart and bring in Fenwick to work with him?

Football / Comedy central, TTFA takes center-stage.
« on: January 12, 2017, 03:06:32 PM »
Comedy central, TTFA takes center-stage.
By Inshan Mohammed.

Grab a bucket of popcorn, a pair of 3D glasses, turn on your 60-inch television, take a double-shot of babash, then kick back in your sofa and get ready to watch one of T&T's funniest comedy of the year.

The name of the movie, in case you're wondering is: “TTFA's Musical Chairs”. It's a show where you have too many cooks stirring one pot at the same time trying to finish dinner in time for their March customers (Mexico & Panama) and guess what, all they have at their disposal is a pot and a burning flame with no ingredients.

With David-John Williams cast in the lead role, he is ably supported by co-stars Joanne Salazar, Ewing Davis, Allan Warner, Richard Quan Chan, Jamaal Shabazz, Muhammad Isa, Dexter Skeene, Dr Alvin Henderson and Sharon O’Brien.

Since David John-Williams’ was elected as TTFA President two Novembers ago, T&T football has plunged headfirst into the deep unknown “where no man has gone before”, wait, it's a comedy not a science fiction. ... Anyway...

Teams are failing worse than elementary school students writing their Secondary Entrance Assessment examinations.

Let's see...

* - There are no active women's teams.

* - The Men’s U-15 team failed to get to the CONCACAF stage for the first time in 10 years.

* - The Women’s U-17 team went from reigning Caribbean champions—under the previous regime—to finishing third at CFU level and failing to qualify from the region.

* - The Women’s U-15 team went from third in CONCACAF to a group stage exit in the same competition, which included a record 22-0 defeat to the United States.

* - The Men's U-20 team is in dire need of improvement and has barely scraped through to the CFU U-20 Championship Final Round schedule for February, without even kicking a ball. They got some embarrassing results to Antigua & Barbuda and Bermuda only to be saved from a draw between Cuba and St Lucia that got them through. Ironically, the team is coached by former W Connection youth coach Brian Williams.

Then the Russell Latapy story, a football icon who was known as the “little magician” on the field is now waving his magic wand into T&T football under the current president and could do no wrong despite, his continual failure at different levels while other coaches are falling on the roadside like corn-vendors on the Solomon Hochoy Highway.

In September 2016, Latapy was unsuccessful as T&T U-17 head coach. He saw his team knocked out of the competition leaving Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Curacao (wow) and fifth place finishers Suriname (double wow) advancing to the CONCACAF Finals in Panama City, later this year. His team finished sixth with just one win against Bermuda from three group matches.

Latapy had refused any friendly games leading up to the tournament, maybe his reluctancy to spend his boss' money probably played a pivotal role in his ceaseless employment?

For his troubles, Latapy was quickly promoted to Assistant Coach of the Men’s Senior Team alongside (guess who?) Jamaal Shabazz, another recyclable in T&T football. Shabazz has suffocated the game for decades like a python strangling a wild boar in the Amazon rainforest. Former TTFA Adviser Jack Warner’s colleague, Muhammad Isa, was given the Technical Director position, while Shabazz were given an added bonus occupation as current TTFA adviser himself. Oh yeah, he is also in charge of the Elite Youth Program. Talk about a man with many caps.

Shabazz runs Morvant Caledonia United (formerly Caledonia AIA), a professional Club based in the Morvant area where he says he wants to develop local football and bring the game back to the community, mind you, the Club is littered with foreign players and have been so for many years. If I'm not mistaking only one player (Densill Theobald) hails from the community. There might be more, but nothing to brag about.

Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene has been unchallenged in his position despite the stagnancy of the T&T Pro League for over a decade, drawing no major sponsors and supporters, at least for most parts, is now head of the TTFA's Technical Committee.

I've known David John-Williams for quite some time and I can tell you he does have a passion for football, however, I do have the right to question his nonconformist selection process of certain individuals and the methodology in which things are being handled.

Furthermore, expecting any kind of success after two games with an inexperienced squad might be wanting too much, especially from a coach who does not have a successful track record. Coach Hart was already on-board for the past 3-years, and it probably would have been appropriate to help him fix the problem instead of replacing him, but then again, that's just me, like Beenie man once sang; who am I?

Anyways, after that quick commercial break we are now back to the show, thanks for tuning in. Belgium-born Tom Saintfiet was hired on a short-term contract as a replacement for former head coach Stephen Hart. What is really facetious is that Saintfiet's ultimatum from his new employers was quite forthright and predispose, “Win the next two World Cup games or you're out.”

Guess what? Latapy is still here and Saintfiet barely made it past a month, never even came close to the two World Cup games he was promised and is now on the breadline.

Saintfiet’s resignation came on January 10th. Now, no one knows for certain if Humpty Dumpty was pushed or if he genuinely resigned (lol), but he did make it clear from his Facebook page (not Ruby Tuesday, right Hart...) that: “From the first day of my unveiling, I did not get the support of the TTFA and its President; support which is needed to be able to do my job in a professional and successful way. I never got the chance to work with the players nor staff requested.”

“Perhaps I should have taken this decision right from day one of my appointment, after the President openly second guessed his own choice of employing me. But I gave him the benefit of the doubt.”

With a depleted squad, some uncommitted players and the exodus of several W Connection (former and current) players for dubious reasons, maybe this move was the turning point in Saintfiet's short-lived T&T career that broke the camel's back? I guess you'll have to do the math for me.

In a Soca Warriors Online (SWO) interview, Saintfiet was quick to highlight Stephen Hart's less than stellar 2016 record, stating that he had only won 3 games for the year. Saintifiet now finds himself in the same boat, if not worst. I'm sure it's a jab he would have liked to take back now. You see, too many cooks spoil the broth, like I always say: “You are only as good as your boss.”

Trying to pick your brain, figuring out who will be the next victim to fall into the TTFA's coaching web will definitely give you 'gray hairs’. One thing's for certain is that the power of belief and the power of thought will move reality in the direction of what we believe and conceive.

Stevie Wonder could see another hammer dropping soon on the next Soca Warriors coach after T&T's next two World Cup matches carded for late March destine for failure. Unless !!! You're Russell Latapy of course. Then again, current W Connection head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s name just fell into my hat, I meant pot.

Let's see if Ms. Carolina Morace will ever show up?

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MLS season starts back in March.

We have 4 players in Europe, Levi, Boucaud, Hyland and Bateau.

Abu Bak I'm not sure about his schedule.

Peliter and Hoyte is still questionable so I didn't include them because they have no suited up for T&T in a while.

Then the rest of our players are based home.

So by now until March we should be able to get in a few games before our WCQ starts back.

Football / Re: Saintfiet gets the ball rolling
« on: January 10, 2017, 10:44:00 AM »
Give the coach some credit he did relatively decent given the time and team he had.

Compare that to the Haitian coach who was only appointed on Boxing Day.

Yes, but Haiti had most of their players and they had been training together for a while.

Football / Re: Saintfiet gets the ball rolling
« on: January 10, 2017, 07:11:56 AM »
Give the coach some credit he did relatively decent given the time and team he had.

The only problem I had was not starting Roach and Arcia vs Haiti, two attacking players in a must win game.

Adrian Foncette inexperience game time
Carlos Edwards injured
Carlyle Mitchell injured
Cornell Glen not 100%
Alvin Jones inexperience
Tyrone Charles inexperience
Maurice Ford inexperience
Nathan Lewis inexperience
Aikim Andrews inexperience
Shahdon Winchester inexperience game time
Akeem Roach inexperience
Hashim Arcia inexperience

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs Haiti Game (08-Jan-2017)
« on: January 08, 2017, 05:15:11 PM »
I am proud of this guys. Winchester has up his game, good going youth.

Glen and Caesar didn't make much impact.

But I am proud of these guys and the coach, good job.

Are we playing with a W Connection kit?

Football / Re: Terry Fenwick: Where do we go from here?
« on: January 08, 2017, 12:35:59 PM »
Terry should be T&T coach if Saintfiet fal.

Football / Re: T&T go down in opening Gold Cup playoff.
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:12:42 PM »
Tyrone Charles and Akeem Roach looked good.

Winchester boy, how he make national?

Glen was always an injury prone player, hope he recovers for Haiti though.

Lets see if de coach will bring in any reinforcement?

Surprised he only named 20 players, why didn't he name 23? At least more to draw from incase on injuries like we are seeing now.

Football / Re: T&T bounces back with 3-1 win over Nicaragua.
« on: December 31, 2016, 11:11:43 AM »
Glad to see some technical and tactical changes being made along with some new players who seems to be responding very well to the new coach.

In football you need to take your chances and make changes sometimes.

Lets see what will happen next two games.

Football / Re: Is the MLS a solid league for our players?
« on: December 11, 2016, 12:56:48 PM »
Nice post.

Football / Re: Joevin Jones Thread
« on: December 11, 2016, 09:26:47 AM »
First T&T player to win MLS Cup?

Tallman !!!

Kenwyne also can't play pass 60 mins. Same for Cyrus, Hyland and Cato

Palos, no comparisons between George and Boucaud, two different players. George was preferred because Hart wanted some stability in midfield to help his defence as well, he knew Honduras would have come hard because they couldn't afford to drop 2 home games.

I hope Hart reaches out to the FA and get some games before our next set of important games even if we use some more local players.

Don't be like Latapy and refuse games and then use important games for experiment.

Good luck Hart, you're the man,

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Honduras Game (15-Nov-2016)
« on: November 15, 2016, 04:16:05 PM »
Cyrus again

Hart need glasses?

Football / Re: National Elite Youth Development Programme
« on: October 15, 2016, 01:00:14 PM »
Excellent news all round.

I hope the TTFA don't take the money and give Isa and Shabaaz to run the entire programme because that will be a shame.

An academy would have been ideal instead.

A academy league as well.

Instead of short term courses.

Been hearing about a training Centre years now, let's see if DJW could finally get it done.

Football / Re: team going forward
« on: October 15, 2016, 06:04:46 AM »
Jason Marcano, Todd Ryan, Darren Mitchell, Hashim Arcia, Weslie John, Kaydion Gabriel, Akeem Benjamin and Jamal Jack was good last season.

Football / Re: T&T go down in Fort-de-France.
« on: October 12, 2016, 05:51:00 PM »
If I was Hart, Molino would never play for T&T again.

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Martinique Game (11-Oct-2016)
« on: October 11, 2016, 10:10:36 AM »
Cordell Cato must start.

Football / Re: Sammy Llewellyn get busted for drugs.
« on: September 30, 2016, 05:55:33 AM »
What the jail is this!!

Football / Re: Steve David’s son, Tyler David, hoping MLS calls his name
« on: September 22, 2016, 09:42:08 AM »
Nice, at least he getting sweat.

Football / Re: The Noah Powder question
« on: September 22, 2016, 09:41:18 AM »
Saw him play a few times, very good player, Hart should cap him for the Caribbean Cup.

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