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Football / Re: Steve David’s son, Tyler David, hoping MLS calls his name
« on: September 22, 2016, 07:44:11 AM »
Tyler David wants to play for T&T.

Confirmed !!!!

Anyone knows if how he doing, might worth a call up?

Football / Re: Building a local team could be a step in the right direction.
« on: September 22, 2016, 07:43:10 AM »
Missed this one, time to revisit.

Excellent, I saw the TTFA/Hart tried it against Grenada and I believe it's an exercise worth exploring.

We may not get success right away, but it would surely come.

Football / Re: Fortune favors Andre.
« on: September 22, 2016, 07:41:55 AM »
Wonder how he's doing at Rhinos?

He was a decent player for us.

Football / Re: The Leo Beenhakker Thread.
« on: September 15, 2016, 06:04:17 AM »
I wonder if we could bring back Leo to assist Hart for a few games?

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: September 09, 2016, 09:53:54 AM »
DJW doing a very good job if you asked me, give credit where credit is due, you dont hear coaches and players crying for money and now we are getting more games too.

Keep up the good work David and to hell with the haters.

Time to plan for the Caribbean Cup, lets hear it, its approaching soon, we need to win this one.

Football / Re: Stephen Hart Thread
« on: September 09, 2016, 09:48:44 AM »
Mr Hart, you have my 100% support.

Your players failed you again, first vs Haiti and now vs USA. They seem to not take things serious and respect the T&T national shirt.

They sing all day in their hotel rooms and act like its a vacation they are on when they should be focusing on the game plan and mental strengths.

Time to tighten things up and get tough and bring in a few changes.

Hope you get some games to prepare your team.

Good luck, remember, the HEX is not an achievement.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: September 09, 2016, 09:47:17 AM »
John Williams: I’ll resign if allegations are proven.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).

David John-Williams, president of the T&T Football Association has promised to resign as president of the T&T Football Association (TTFA) if any of the accusations made against him can be proven by anyone.

The football association boss has been the subject of a major criticisms for his management style, ranging from claims that he used monies belonging to the TTFA to fund his campaign for presidency of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) recently in July, to accusations by former sports commentator Selwyn Melville that the association filed for trademark in the United States and Europe for the ownership of the ‘Soca Warriors’ brand.

The embattled president denied he ever instructed anyone, neither did he make attempts on behalf of the association for ownership of the ‘Soca Warriors’ name and called on those making allegations to provide proof, saying he could not comment further on the matter as it was gaining the attention of the courts.

Melville, who has been in a battle with the football association for ownership of the ‘Soca Warriors’ name, dating back to the Jack Warner era, claimed in a newspaper report that the proceedings started under the Raymond Tim Kee-led TTFA and was continued by the John-Wiliams administration.

He also lashed out at the media for, what he considered as, taking a biased position against him.

John-Williams: “They have reported that TTFA monies were used to fund my campaign for CFU presidency, so I am challenging the reporter to bring evidence of this and I will resign. It is all being lapped up by the public but all will be revealed in the fullness of time.” 

In the whirlwind of accusations since becoming president last November, the TTFA boss was also the subject for allegedly walking into a national team practice session at the Ato Boldon Stadium in May and addressing the players privately, though coach national coach Stephen Hart and members of his staff were there.

Reports stated he asked Hart and other staff members to step aside before he attempted to convinced them to accept an international friendly match against Equatorial Guinea on June 10, which the players had rejected.

Yesterday, John-Williams made it clear it was a blatant lie. “Can you actually see the president of the football association walking into a training session and addressing players without the coach? Can you imagine that?” John Williams asked. As his tone had already signalled the answer.

He pointed out to the T&T Guardian: “They have accused me of being a dictator and making decisions without consultation with the TTFA Board and they have said appointments have been made in the TTFA against the constitution that governs us, so I say to them all, to bring the proof.”

He added: “I have turned down the opportunity to run for TTFA president on four occasions and it is not a paying position, so I can walk away from this in the morning and not be concerned. However, I have given a commitment to assist in the development of local football and I am doing so. For now I am taking the pressure, but history will absolve me and all will see me for who I am truly. I await the evidence, now,” he ended.

DJW not that stupid.

People in T&T like to talk without facts.

Football / Re: T&T finishes second in Group C
« on: September 09, 2016, 09:45:26 AM »
We need a creative midfield between Hyland and Boucaud, like Joevin or Bostock.


What about Track & Field / Olympic medal count all time
« on: September 08, 2016, 10:24:17 AM »
Anyone have an updated country list of the olympic medal count all time?

Football / Re: Soca Warriors Busride
« on: August 24, 2016, 10:54:52 AM »
Good stuff bro

Football / Re: Julius James Thread
« on: August 24, 2016, 07:31:55 AM »
We need some reinforcements in defence and James is at ice, fit and consistent
 He should be given a call up.

Football / Re: John Bostock Thread
« on: June 30, 2016, 05:57:01 AM »
Any news on Bostock situation yet?

Have not heard from FS or Sancho in a while.

FS, we miss you.

Football / Re: Captains dominate SWO awards.
« on: June 30, 2016, 05:54:29 AM »
Whats the latest news on our captains?

Football / Re: Caribbean All Time Best XI
« on: June 25, 2016, 06:41:23 PM »
Carlos Edwards was the best right wing player I have seen in Concacaf

Ricardo gardener was good to

Football / Re: It's becoming arduous to make the T&T team.
« on: May 29, 2016, 01:14:58 PM »
Bradley Wright-Phillips' record-setting hat trick propels Red Bulls to win.

HARRISON, N.J.—If there was any lingering doubt about Bradley Wright-Phillips being back to his best, it likely vanished on Saturday.

Wright-Phillips set the MLS record for fastest hat-trick from the start of a game, and led the Red Bulls to a 3-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night. His performance at Red Bull Arena was clinical, as he scored on the only looks he had inside of 27 minutes.

With the trifecta, Wright-Phillips entered a four-way tie with Sebastian Giovinco, Fanendo Adi, and David Villa for the most goals (eight) in MLS this season.

“Everyone wanted to talk so much about how Brad wasn't scoring in the beginning of the year and where was he at,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. “All I just kept saying is our belief in him is at the highest level, and that's not just me talking. That's our entire group.

“We see him every day. We see all the quality he has, and it's only a matter of time before he gets himself going. When he does, then the goals start to come in bunches, so here he is now. He's leading the league in scoring, right? I mean, that says it all.”

The Wright-Phillips that put on a show vs. short-handed Toronto FC was not the same one that started 2016 on a major dry spell.

Wright-Phillips first scored on a well-placed header in the fourth minute, then capped a quick counterattack with a strong finish to the near post in the 25th minute. He struck again two minutes later, rifling a shot home from the right side of the penalty area.

Wright-Phillips now has eight goals in his last seven games – after zero in the seven matches before that, and the only thing he believes has changed is having a “little bit of luck” on his side.

“I said that at the beginning of the season,” said Wright-Phillips, who passed Thierry Henry for second place on the Red Bulls’ all-time scoring list on Saturday. “I was getting chances and some of them were bad finishes and some of them were unlucky. When you get on these little streaks, they go in.

“Who is to say in two weeks, [the media] might be asking me, ‘What’s going wrong?’ It’s just how it goes, for a striker especially.”

With Wright-Phillips going right, New York are riding a three-game winning streak, and their attack has been firing on all cylinders: they've scored 11 goals during that stretch. The club is also currently second place in the Eastern Conference after going 5-1-1 in their last seven games to effectively put a slow start in the rearview mirror.

“Regardless of how his season started, our belief in [Brad] has always been high,” said Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. “I’ve been his teammate now since 2013 and I know that they come in bunches and there’s a point where everything he touches. Sooner or later, that was going to happen.“

Football / Re: List of Trinidad and Tobago MLS players.
« on: May 19, 2016, 03:59:55 PM »
2016 Salary

Cato - $114,166.67
DeLeon - $235,000.00
Joevin - $76,166.67
Mekeil - $85,000.00
Molino - $121,400.00
Gomez - $51,500.04

Sheanon - $171,500.00
Wright-Phillips - $107,500.00

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: May 19, 2016, 03:48:05 PM »
After that debacle he goes and negotiates this:

"TTFA Signs Partnership Deal with Shanghai Construction Group Caribbean Limited Valued at $600,000. This partnership will cover the upcoming Three-Match International Series with China, Uruguay and Peru."

Yuh cyah make it up oui SMFH

Good going.

Ease up on the man, he made a mistaking about stepping over Hart, but if he apologise, lets move on.

The man wanted us to play a game, maybe it was a chance to make a little extra.

But still, he just handle it bad.

Football / Re: David John Williams Thread.
« on: May 19, 2016, 09:33:43 AM »
DJW is right but his execution was wrong.

He should respect the coach and players.

But its good he's trying to get games.

Good going Hart.

Best of luck T&T.

Win, lose or draw, good out and rep.

Football / Re: Thread for T&T vs China Game (03-June-2016)
« on: April 26, 2016, 03:17:30 PM »
Well, DJW really stepping things up here. I am impressed.

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Football / Re: Hart facing selection headache conundrum.
« on: April 23, 2016, 04:16:07 AM »
What about Cameron Roget and Jameel Perry from Police?

Roget is recovering from a ruptured achilles tendon.

Thanks Tallman.

Apart from Perry, the little I've seen in the leagues, players like Akeem Redhead, Brent Sam, Isaiah Hudson, Shane Sandy, Kareem Riley, John-Paul Rochford, Jason Marcano, Jarred Dass, Quinn Rodney, Michael Basdeo, Nathaniel Garcia, Tyrel Emmanuel, Marcus Gomez and Shackiel Henry are some players who caught my eyes.

Jadel Poon-Lewis is a good keeper to watch.

Football / Re: Hart facing selection headache conundrum.
« on: April 21, 2016, 07:39:53 AM »
What about Cameron Roget and Jameel Perry from Police?

Football / Re: Hart facing selection headache conundrum.
« on: April 21, 2016, 07:33:04 AM »
Lester Peltier has really drop, hope he is ok.

I wonder if any clubs is showing interest in him?

Football / Re: Hart facing selection headache conundrum.
« on: April 15, 2016, 09:22:56 AM »
Best piece I red in quite some time.

I still doh understand why Flex isn't the official TTFA writer. Even is good friend Sheldon didn't do this.

Love this article.

And big up to Hart, he have a real heart attack here to deal with.


Football / Re: Sport Ministry to fund Road to Russia.
« on: April 15, 2016, 06:21:01 AM »
Good going by both parties.

Now its up to DJW to get more matches.

The MOS should also donated a top class coach buss for the team.

Football / Re: Mekeil Williams Thread
« on: April 08, 2016, 05:03:48 AM »
Rapids defender Mekeil Williams waiting for P1 visa to arrive in mail in Trinidad.
By Daniel Boniface (The Denver Post).

Colorado Rapids defender experiences delay getting P1 visa

COMMERCE CITY — The Colorado Rapids are without defender Mekeil Williams, who remained in Trinidad and Tobago after last week's World Cup qualifying match because of a small administrative delay with his work visa.

"We're still trying to figure out his visa issues," Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni said Thursday.

Inshan "Flex" Mohammed, who runs Trinidad soccer website socawarriors.net, told the Denver Post on Thursday that Williams' P1 visa was approved, but he was waiting for it to arrive by mail. The Rapids confirmed Mohammed's report. Mohammed said mail service in Trinidad is slower than in the U.S.

Williams was called up to Trinidad and Tobago's national team during the March 21-29 FIFA window. Williams played 90 minutes in a 6-0 win over St. Vincent and the Grenadines on March 29 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defender missed the Rapids' game last Saturday against Toronto FC.

If Williams is unavailable Saturday against Real Salt Lake, Colorado would only have four healthy defenders in uniform — Axel Sjoberg, Bobby Burling, Eric Miller and Marc Burch. Jared Watts (hamstring), Marlon Hairston (hamstring) and Sean St. Ledger (knee) are not expected to be available.

Williams was named to the MLS team of the week in Week 2 after a strong defensive performance in his Rapids debut against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Williams has appeared in two games for Colorado, playing the full 90 minutes in each.

Skeene: TTFA did not follow ideal procedure in hiring Williams as U-20 coach.
By Lasana Liburd (wired868).

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) did not follow the ideal procedure in hiring Brian Williams as the National Under-20 Team coach, according to TTFA technical committee chairman, Dexter Skeene.

Williams is the current under-16 coach at the W Connection football club, which is owned by TTFA president David John-Williams.

However, Skeene, who is also the Pro League CEO, said the technical committee never interviewed coaches for the job or created a shortlist.

Instead, technical committee member Muhammad Isa, according to Skeene, proposed Williams while the committee was told that, due to financial constraints and the timing of the Caribbean Under-20 Championship, there was no time to consider anyone else.

And that was that.

“At present, there are severe financial constrains that the TTFA are working under,” Skeene told Wired868. “So they say they have no money to pay coaches and they are looking at people who can be seconded from their jobs, so we won’t have to pay them.

“Added to that, the committee was told there was no time (to interview other coaches) because the tournament was in June and it is a short term appointment.”

Williams has been seconded from his job at Petrotrin while his assistant coach, Kerry Jamerson, is a soldier in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. The current National Under-17 Team coach Ken Elie is a retired soldier.

Apart from Williams and Jamerson, the only other coaching appointment of the John-Williams era, Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team head coach Richard Hood, is a sergeant in the Guard and Emergency Branch unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

The TTFA hired Hood to replace outgoing coach Randy Waldrum on 13 January 2016, which was before the just-appointed technical committee had even met.

John-Williams said, at the time, that Hood’s appointment was rushed in the best interest of the “Women Soca Warriors”, who were preparing for their Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying campaign.

“We are doing it in the best interest of the team,” said John-Williams, when Hood was appointed three months ago. “It was a unanimous selection with the executive at the time because the technical committee was not set up and we had to take a decision.

“It sort of went against what I had preached (about leaving committees to do their jobs) but the circumstances demanded that we took a decision.”

The TTFA technical committee comprises: Dexter Skeene (chairman), Dr Alvin Henderson (deputy chairman), Bertille St Clair, Errol Lovell, Jinelle James, Stuart Charles-Fevrier and Muhammad Isa.

Fevrier is the current W Connection head coach.

“We are pleased with the appointments,” said John-Williams. “(…) The good thing about this administration so far is that the technical committee approved the appointments.

“They were given certain guidelines and we have the support of the technical committee and I am happy to make the announcement on behalf of the technical committee.”

Skeene, a former Trinidad and Tobago international with the famous “Strike Squad” team, said he did not think “approved” best described what actually happened.

“I don’t know that I will use that word,” said the Pro League CEO. “In the short term, this guy is willing to do the job for free. But by no means can we go forward like this.”

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Brian Williams named T&T U-20 coach; W Connection U-16 coach gets the nod.
By Lasana Liburd (wired868).

Former “Strike Squad” defender and United Petrotrin coach Brian Williams is the new head coach for the Trinidad and Tobago National Under-20 Team.

But, not for the first time, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) president David John-Williams might have to field questions regarding a possible conflict of interest, as Williams is the current under-16 coach at the W Connection football club, which is owned by John-Williams.

The new head coach will be assisted on the National Under-20 Team by his former Trinidad and Tobago international teammate Kerry Jamerson while the remaining staff will be announced at a later date.

John-Williams said the appointments were “approved” by the TTFA technical committee, which is headed by Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene. The Under-20 Team start their Korea 2017 World Youth Cup qualifying campaign in mid-June.

“We are pleased with the appointments,” John-Williams told the TTFA Media. “(…) The good thing about this administration so far is that the technical committee approved the appointments.

“They were given certain guidelines and we have the support of the technical committee and I am happy to make the announcement on behalf of the technical committee.”

Wired868 was unable to confirm whether the TTFA’s technical committee created its own shortlist of coaches and selected Williams. And what guidelines the committee received before making its choice.

Skeene could not be reached by telephone while Dr Alvin Henderson, the technical committee’s deputy chairman, refused to even say whether the committee has met and insisted all questions must be directed to the chairman.

Williams said he has already begun shortlisting players for the National Under-20 Team and suggested that the local football body will attempt to use National Senior Team winger and Eredivisie player, Levi Garcia, for their campaign.

“We have at least 16 players already shortlisted who are playing with the senior teams in the local Pro League,” said the national youth coach, “and of course we have some other talents like Levi Garcia who is also eligible to play for the Under-20 team.

“I will have a look at the players coming out of the past Under-17 team and we will gather all the information on eligible players from the North American Leagues and other overseas leagues.”

The National Under-20 squad will largely comprise of graduates from ex-National Under-17 Team coach Shawn Cooper’s 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship squad.

Cooper took the national youth squad to the CONCACAF stage for three successive tournaments and twice got the “Red, Black and White” into the quarterfinals.

However, the QPCC and Presentation College (San Fernando) coach was not interviewed for the new post.

“Since I came back (from the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship), nobody (from the TTFA) had any dealings with me whatsoever,” said Cooper. “I think they should shortlist people in terms of their track records and then call them into interviews and so on.”

Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team assistant coach, Derek King, who led the Under-20 Team to the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, was also not offered the chance to interview for his former post.

Nor was St Ann’s Rangers coach Angus Eve, who is familiar with much of the country’s teenaged talent after steering Naparima College to successive SSFL Premier Division titles in 2014 and 2015.

Eve took Trinidad and Tobago to the CONCACAF stage in their London 2012 Olympic qualifying series. And, although he failed to get to the knockout stage of the Guadalajara 2011, his Under-23 Team returned home unbeaten after draws against hosts Mexico, Uruguay and Ecuador.

“No one called me or asked me to send a resume,” Eve told Wired868. “When Keith Look Loy was technical director, he asked me to send in a resume and I think I did pretty well. We were unbeaten in the Pan American Games and we got into the final CONCACAF round of Olympic qualifying.

“And I have never been asked since to be the coach of any national team. But congratulations to Brian and his staff. I know he has been in football for a long time and I wish him all the best in his job.”

Williams’ last international post was exactly a decade ago when his National Under-20 Team, which included Khaleem Hyland, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Ataulla Guerra, was eliminated in the Caribbean stage by Jamaica.

And he has not held a notable coaching portfolio since he led United Petrotrin to sixth place in the 2008 Pro League season.

However, Williams was considered to be a good man-manager with a keen eye for talent while, as a player, he competed with distinction at CONCACAF level with club and country.

“It is always an honour when called upon to serve your country and particularly a national football team,” Williams told the TTFA Media. “I know exactly what it means to be the head coach of a national team and it comes with a huge responsibility, especially when the expectations of the Trinidad and Tobago public are very high.

“I am personally looking forward to this challenge and aiming to see what difference I can make in this part of the FA’s program.”

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Football / Re: Fixing our football almanac.
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:38:00 AM »
I feel if Hart invite these players (if given the TTFA support that is) Shaquell Moore, Desevio Payne, Shannon Gomez, Tyler David and Ryan Inniss to play in a few games over the summer, we could find one or two players to help our defence, a position we need to beef up.

Our midfield and forward line seems good, but we really need some work in the back.

We need to also find a good keeper for the future, cause Jan and Marvin is already going on 32.

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