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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #810 on: September 22, 2023, 11:58:50 AM »
The first shot he had shoulda been a goal, I hoped he would go high but the keeper made a good save. 2nd was a little more difficult and the attempted lob was way off. He coulda pull it back for the runner he had in the middle.
He actually got a vital touch for the 2nd goal, the defender touched it first onto Levi foot then it went to Gacinovic.
I though he had a couple good moments, he went past 2 men and got fouled, yellow for the defender, and his movement off the ball for those 2 early shots was excellent. For a first game back it was decent.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #811 on: September 22, 2023, 01:59:40 PM »
Yeah I thought he looked good coming back from injury. He handled himself pretty good against quality EPL opposition. On another day he doesn't rush his shot and scores that first one.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #812 on: October 03, 2023, 11:54:56 AM »
Warrior Profile: Levi Garcia relishes Europa League energy
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday)


After missing out on European football for the past two years, T&T and AEK Athens forward Levi Garcia relishes his return to the UEFA Europa League for the 2023/24 season.

Garcia made his Europa League debut in 2016, appearing in AZ Alkmaar 's 2-1 loss to Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The Greek club recorded a winning start to this yearís competition after edging English Premier League club Brighton 3-2, on match day one, last Thursday. Garcia assisted the second goal in the 40th minute.

AEK Athens are in Group B alongside a tough line-up comprising Brighton, French Ligue 1 team Marseille and Dutch club Ajax. The top two teams advance to the next round.

Garcia recently recovered from a small tear in his quadriceps suffered during leg one of the Uefa Champions League playoff vs Royal Antwerp. AEK Athens lost 3-1 on aggregate to miss out on Champions League qualification, but advance to the Europa League.

On his return to European football, Garcia was elated.

ďCompeting in Europe has always been a difficult one. but Iím grateful and blessed with the opportunity to play amongst the best set of players and teams. Itís a good feeling to be playing European football."

What is the atmosphere like for European nights?

ďThe game itself generates this type of energy and motivation to play it, the focus comes naturally. Itís a feeling you really cannot explain, itís just something you have to live or live through seeing the person play or whatnot.

ďBut itís really great experiences and the best dream or wish any player could go through in their life. Iím really grateful to be living these moments,Ē he told Newsday on Friday.

Garciaís next European test comes against the struggling Dutch giants Ajax, next Thursday.

After his recent recovery, the Santa Flora-bred striker said the drive to provide for his family is what keeps him motivated during his down spells and recovery periods. He was elated to be back out competing.

ďItís only when you get injured or cannot play you really understand how important it is, and to appreciate, when youíre healthy and injury-free. That is basically motivates me to find my way back. Knowing my family is always there, my kids, they give me that motivation to go on, knowing that I have so much mouths to feed and people to take care of.Ē

Garcia described his recovery and reintegration process.

ďPreparation, usually lighter sessions, because the schedules are heavy with league games being three and four days before. So sessions are usually a bit of tactical work.Ē

Both Levi and his brother Judah missed out on TTís two opening Concacaf Nations League matches earlier this month because of injury.

T&T, however, churned out a 1-0 win over Curacao in their group opener and then edged El Salvador 3-2 to currently sit atop Group A of League A.

Despite his absence, Garcia is considered the nationís most prolific player right now. Asked how he handles such a high profile, the 25 year old said hard work got him there.

ďTo be honest, itís a great feeling. It wasnít my intention but I guess through hard work things always go your way, and Iíve been working hard and continue to do so no matter what. Itís just the beginning of great things to come, so itís a blessing and I'm really grateful for the status at the moment.Ē

Garcia should be available to bolster TTís frontline for the upcoming Nations League matches against Guatemala on October 13 at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, and then away to Curacao, four days later.

"For AEK Athens last year, Garcia bagged a team-leading 14 goals to help his team lift the 2022/2023 Greek Super League title. He also finished as the leagueís runner-up for the Golden Boot, finishing behind Olympiacosí Cedric Bakambuís 18 goals." (with reporting by Narissa Fraser)
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #813 on: October 06, 2023, 07:13:59 PM »
watched the aek game this week which they drew at home to Ajax. Levi didn't play and they say out inured for about 3 weeks? Hope for good recovery for him cuz AEK had many man shots on goal and only a 1-1 draw to show for it [I'm pretty sure Levi would have ensured at least one more of those went in].

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« Reply #814 on: November 04, 2023, 02:53:24 PM »
T&T forward hopeful of Copa 2024 spot - Levi Garcia eyes return
By Roneil Walcott (T&T Newsday)


Soca Warriors forward Levi Garcia is anxious to return from his injury lay-off, and has been included in the AEK Athens travelling squad for their match away to AE Kifisia in the Greece Super League from 2 pm (T&T time) on Saturday.

Garcia, 25, helped AEK to the Greek double last season, scoring 18 goals across all competitions. Thus far this season, the speedy Garcia has been plagued by injury and has only featured in five out of a possible 16 games for the reigning Greek champions. On August 22, Garcia suffered a quadricep tear in a Uefa Champions League first-leg qualifying match against Royal Antwerp. He missed the subsequent second leg, with AEK being defeated 3-1 on aggregate.

Garcia returned for AEK's opening Europa League group stage match away to English Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion on September 21. Garcia played a total of 68 minutes and gave a promising performance in AEK's 3-2 win. He then featured for 75 minutes in AEK's 2-1 win away to Panathinaikos four days later. However, the rugged forward has not turned out for AEK since, as he aggravated his quad injury.

Garcia also missed T&T's four group stage matches in the ongoing 2023/24 Concacaf Nations League A campaign as the Soca Warriors booked a spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament. However, he is ready to return to the pitch for both club and country.

"I have been working really hard lately to get fit so things have been going well," Garcia told Newsday in a brief chat on Thursday. Yes, Iíll be with the (AEK) squad this weekend."

AEK (20 points) are currently on a three-game win streak in the Greek league and sit third on the standings behind Panathinaikos (22 points) and Olympiacos (21 points).

Switching his attention to the Nations League, Garcia wants his T&T team-mates to continue the steady work as he makes his way back to full fitness.

"Itís been really good to see the guys performing and hopefully we can continue to do positive things for ourselves and future players."

T&T have a pivotal Nations League home-and-away tie with the US this month, with the second leg at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo falling on Garcia's 26th birthday on November 20. With the prospect of qualification for Copa America 2024 in the air, Garcia is ready for the grand occasion.

"It's a big game against the US and we're all looking forward to it. I think everyone is (optimistic about our chances of qualifying for the Copa America 2024). That will be a great platform to showcase ourselves but first we need to take it one game at a time."

The four teams advancing from the quarter-finals will qualify for both the Nations League semi-finals and the Copa tournament. The four losing quarter-finalists will still have an opportunity to qualify for Copa 2024 via a single-match, direct elimination play-off in March next year.
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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #815 on: November 09, 2023, 03:36:34 PM »
We boy missed a golden opportunity to level vs Marseille, a point blank header, sent it straight at the keeper when anywhere else would be a goal. He had one of those monster jumps to get to it.
Off after 60 something mins.
I find he look like he still hurt. He keep holding his hip.

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #816 on: November 13, 2023, 02:20:04 PM »
Levi started and scored yesterday, a left foot on the volley. I eh find highlights yet but I saw it on a live stream

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Re: Levi Garcia Thread
« Reply #817 on: November 13, 2023, 04:20:28 PM »
Levi Garcia gets off the mark as he scores the opening goal with a half volley during AEK Athens FC's 3-0 win over PAS Lamia 1964.

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