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2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:44:04 PM »
Groups and Schedule Set for January Kickoff for Expanded CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship
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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) conducted today the draw for the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship, at the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami, FL.

The draw for the Tier 1 competition, which determined the groups for the tournament that kicks off on Wednesday, January 31, in Trinidad & Tobago and February 7 in the Dominican Republic, was executed by CONCACAF Director of Development Jason Roberts, using a double-blind system.

For the official draw, Group A tournament host W Connection FC (TRI) was sorted alongside Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) and Real Hope FA (HAI).

Atlantico FC (DOM) will host Group B in the Dominican Republic and will face Central FC (TRI), Portmore United FC (JAM) and Racing FC (HAI).

The full match schedule and kick off times will be announced early January 2018. 

Together with the newly launched Caribbean Cup Shield tier 2 competition, which features 12 clubs from Caribbean nations with leagues that are yet to reach standards of full professionalization, the new regional qualifying championships will serve as the Caribbean qualifying tournament for the Scotiabank CONCACAF League and the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, and open the door for wider participation of Caribbean clubs in Confederation championships.

The winner of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship will qualify directly to the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

The fourth-place finisher of the Caribbean Club Championship will face the winner of the Caribbean Club Shield in a playoff match to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, as long as the Tier 2 champion complies with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements for the CONCACAF League.

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 05:55:24 AM »
Schedule Confirmed for the First Round of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship.
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Miami (Friday, January 12, 2018) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) unveiled today the dates and kickoff times for the first round of the tier 1 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship.

Group A, which will feature W Connection FC (TRI) alongside Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) and Real Hope FA (HAI) will begin their participation on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago.

One week later, Group B will kick off in the Dominican Republic, when Atlantico FC (DOM) host Central FC (TRI), Portmore United FC (JAM) and Racing FC (HAI).

2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship First Round Schedule
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018        
18:00 Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
21:00 W Connection FC (TRI) v Real Hope FA (HAI) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Friday, February 2, 2018        
18:00 Real Hope FA (HAI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
21:00 W Connection FC (TRI) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Sunday, February 4, 2018
18:00 Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
21:00 W Connection FC (TRI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) – Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad & Tobago

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
18:00 Central FC (TRI) v Portmore United FC (JAM) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) v Racing FC (HAI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Friday, February 9, 2018   
18:00 Racing FC (HAI) v Central FC (TRI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) v Portmore United FC (JAM) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Sunday, February 11, 2018
18:00 Portmore United FC (JAM) v Racing FC (HAI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic
21:00 Atlantico FC (DOM) v Central FC (TRI) – Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Together with the newly launched Caribbean Cup Shield tier 2 competition, which features 12 clubs from Caribbean nations with leagues that are yet to reach standards of full professionalization, the new regional qualifying championships will serve as the Caribbean qualifying tournament for the Scotiabank CONCACAF League and the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, and open the door for wider participation of Caribbean clubs in Confederation championships.

The winner of the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship will qualify directly to the 2019 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, while the runner-up and third place finishers will qualify for the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.

The fourth-place finisher of the Caribbean Club Championship will face the winner of the Caribbean Club Shield in a playoff match to determine the third club that will represent the Caribbean in the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League, as long as the tier 2 champion complies with the minimum CONCACAF Club Licensing requirements for the CONCACAF League.

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W Connection ready for Caribbean challenge, eyes CONCACAF qualification
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Stuart Charles Fevrier, on the heels of his team’s opening game of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship, said Trinidad and Tobago Pro League clubs W Connection and Central FC “have a responsibility to go out there and try to bring some joy to the country where football is concerned.”

Connection, the multiple-time former Caribbean champions, are hosts of Group A where they must take on Haiti’s Real Hope (Jan. 31), Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens (Feb. 2) and Dominican Republic’s Club Atletico Pantoja (Feb. 4) at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

Central, back-to-back champions of 2015 and 2016, meanwhile, are to travel to the Dominican Republic a week later against Jamaica’s Portmore United (Feb. 7), Haiti’s Racing FC (Feb. 9) and host club Atlantico FC in Group B at Estadio Cibao in Santiago.

Fevrier, Connection’s longstanding technical director/head coach, reminded, “Anytime you are competing at this level it’s not just about ourselves or the club.”

The top two team from each group will progress to the Caribbean final round in May—which consists of the semi-final and final stages—while automatically earning spots on the Concacaf stage.

The overall Caribbean champions will earn region’s automatic spot at the Concacaf Champions League while the second, third and fourth-place finishers will compete at the Concacaf League for Central American and Caribbean clubs.

“The Concacaf Champions League is our version of the (UEFA) Champions League and the Concacaf League is like the (UEFA) Europa League,” the Connection coach said.

“Once we qualify for the next round we have more international football to play, and that’s the objective. We believe we have a good chance as any team to qualify for the final round and we are positive about it. We are very happy that we have the opportunity to progress to a higher level.

“It’s always important to do well at this stage. We would like to play the game at the highest level and we definitely want to succeed for the benefit of the club but more so for the players because of the short life-span as a professional footballer. We want them to do well and create bigger opportunities for themselves.”

Connection, runners-up to rivals Central in 2015 and 2016, stands the most successful club of the new era having won the Caribbean crown outright in 2006 and 2009 and were joint winners in 2001, 2002 and 2013 when no final rounds were contested.

Despite being without last season’s Pro League top scorer Neil Benjamin Jr who joined Vietnam top-flight outfit Nam Dinh FC, Fevrier promised a formidable outfit.

Connection’s twenty-man squad for the group stage includes new signing in former Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 star Kadeem Corbin who will reunite with his former national youth teammates Kevon Goddard, Akeem Garcia and Jesus Perez.

Goddard and Garcia are back at Connection after helping North East Stars hold off the Savonetta Boys to the 2017 Pro League crown, while Perez has returned following a loan spell at San Juan Jabloteh.

Connection have also welcomed back Kurt Frederick after the talented left full-back’s loan stint at Costa Rica’s Alajuelense. Frederick’s experience will combine with that of goalkeeper Julani Archibald, veteran defender Gerard Williams, and forwards Marcus Joseph and Dimitri Apai.

Kennedy Hinkson, meanwhile, stands a surprise signing by Fevrier. But the 31-year-old ex-North East Stars and San Juan Jabloteh utility player – a past member of Connection’s youth system – could add depth to a side also equipped young talents in Isaiah Garcia and another youth product Jevaughn Humphrey along with new addition in former Shiva Boys College winger Quinn Rodney.

The Trinidadian-born Hinkson recently swapped the red-white-and-black making his debut for Grenada last year.

W Connection’s Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship 2018 Group stage squad
Goalkeepers: Julani Archibald and Jason Belfon;
Defenders: Kurt Frederick, Triston Hodge, Briel Thomas, Ronell Paul and Jesus Perez;
Midfielders: Kevon Goddard, Jameel Antoine, Kadeem Corbin, Kennedy Hinkson, Isaiah Garcia, Shaquille John and Quinn Rodney;
Forwards: Akeem Garcia, Dimitri Apai, Marcus Joseph and Jevaughn Humphrey.

2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship First Round Schedule

Group A (Trinidad)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
       
Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Friday, February 2, 2018       
Real Hope FA (HAI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Group B (Dominican Republic)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Central FC (T&T) v Portmore United FC (JAM), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Racing FC (HAI), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Friday, February 9, 2018    
Racing FC (HAI) v Central FC (T&T), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Portmore United FC (JAM), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Portmore United FC (JAM) v Racing FC (HAI), 5pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic;

Atlantico FC (DOM) v Central FC (TRI), 8pm, Estadio Cibao, Santiago, Dominican Republic.
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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2018, 09:59:12 AM »
Ah see Kadeem Corbin back in de Pro League, glad for him.

Kurt Frederick get release by de Costa Rican club to.

Quinn Rodney done school? He with W Connection now, big player.

Like Alvin Jones go foreign, he not on de Connection squad.

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2018, 05:44:53 PM »
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Real Hope Football Academy (Haiti). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2018, 06:04:13 PM »
GOAL: Johnson Jeudy (#10) gives Real Hope FA a 1-0 lead over W-Connection in the 3rd minute.
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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 07:58:46 PM »
FINAL: W Connection 0-1 Real Hope FA. Connection dominated possession in the second half, but they were let down by some poor finishing.
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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2018, 11:20:39 PM »
 >:( What wrong with these Trini teams ?

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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2018, 07:01:59 AM »

Trini teams taking licks in everything from youth to senior, men and women, now is the clubs time to take licks

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Real Hope stun W Connection in Caribbean Club Championship
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Hosts left to rue missed chances against Haiti’s Hope after 10-man Arnett Gardens hold Pantoja to goalless draw on opening night

Haiti’s Real Hope Football Academy, a spirited bunch of youngsters led by their 35-year-old captain Eyma Jean, held on for a narrow 1-0 win over hosts W Connection to start at the top of Group A on the opening night of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Champion.

Jeudy Thompson, a former Haiti Under-20 midfielder, snatched what turned out the winner after just two minutes to turn Real Hope into reality with maximum three points against an under-strength Connection side at the Home of Football, Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad on Wednesday.

“It was a really disappointing evening for us from the point of view that we had so many chances and didn’t end with a win …or even a draw,” said Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier.

“We definitely should not have lost the game,” he continued. “Clearly we were the better team but our finishing let us down.”

Fevrier, though, added that despite the disappointment, the game still had a lot of positives for his side. “We were consistent throughout with good ball circulation. Our defence kept the defensive shape and we did well in creating many chances.”

Earlier, Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens, reduced to ten men after captain Oneil Thompson was ejected on a second yellow card with half hour left, had held Dominican Republic’s Club Atletico Pantoja to a goalless stalemate.

Arnett Gardens and Pantoja currently sit second and third respectively with a point each while multiple-time former Caribbean champions Connection are bottom without a point.

Fevrier combined former Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 teammates Kadeem Corbin and Akeem Garcia and veteran utility player Kennedy Hinkson – three recent additions due to a shortage of player personnel – in offence, but it was Thompson who produced the go-ahead goal on the opposite end with the help of a rusty opening by the hosts.

A giveaway then some sloppy defending to Johnson beating goalkeeper Julani Archibald from the left for a lead which the Haitians held to the dressing room at the break then to the final whistle thanks to the heroics of goalkeeper Louis Valendi Odelus and the woodwork.

“It was a very soft goal,” Fevrier bemoaned. “And apart from that they never really got behind us again.”

Even with Corbin, a player remembered for his Caribbean U20 winning hat-trick for a 3-0 score against Haiti in the 2014 Final in Trinidad, Connection were unable break down the tenacity of the youthful Real Hope side that had luck and, at times, the whistle in their favour.

Six minutes into the second half Corbin failed to make contact to a low Kurt Frederick feed across the six yard area before the ball was cleared behind by Hope’s defence. Then from the resulting corner Jesus Perez, who like Frederick recently returned to the Savonetta Boys, saw his improvised effort flash over the Haitians bar.

That bar would come into action ten minutes from time. Frederick’s header off an Alvin Jones corner cannoned back into play to Connection’s added surprise after Odelus had brilliantly put behind a powerful left footed attempt Marcus Joseph who was played into the attack by teenaged substitute Jevaughn Humphrey.

Joseph had another attempt but that flashed overbar.

Much earlier, Jones attempted to pick out Corbin at the back post but the T&T international’s cross was not met. Corbin then failed to control deep a deep Joseph cross into the area to his own frustration before being replaced injured.

Hinkson too couldn’t produce the equaliser. The ex-North East Stars and San Juan Jabloteh had worked his way into the Haitians area near the end but was escorted out of touch by his marker without attempting a shot.

And after 17-year-old Humphrey’s shot towards goal was cleared behind at the death, it was certain that absolutely nothing Connection tried would result in the ball ending in the back of the opponents’ net.

“The new players still need time to know and improve on our style of play, but in saying that they did well to create many chances,” said Fevrier.

Real Hope, however, had made their rare chance count.

Connection will return to action against Arnett Gardens on Friday from 8pm at the Couva venue after Real Hope and Pantoja lock horns from 5pm.

“We have two games left and I am confident we are capable of achieving the [needed] results. We will try to prepare our players best as possible for the remaining games,” ended the Connection coach.

The top two teams from the Group stage will progress to the Caribbean final round in May—which consists of the semi-final and final stages—while automatically earning spots on the Concacaf stage.

The overall Caribbean champions will earn region’s automatic spot at the Concacaf Champions League while the second, third and fourth-place finishers will compete at the Concacaf League for Central American and Caribbean clubs.

CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018
Group A (Trinidad) results
Wednesday 31 January 2018

Club Atletico Pantoja 0 vs Arnett Gardens 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Thompson 2'), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday
Game 1
Club Atletico Pantoja:
3.Pedro Muñoz (Yellow Card), 4.Yefferson Moreira, 7.Luis Espinal, 8.Jesus Quintero, 10.Leandro Silva (20.Jonathan Faña 46th minute), 16.Robert Rosado (13.Jean Walnes Innocent 82nd minute), 17.Armando Maita, 18.Brian Calabrese (9.Darly Batista 56th minute), 21.Nicolas Rebollo (Capt.), 23.Odalis Baez (GK), 32.Eduardo Centeno.

Unused substitutes: 1.Wisaldy Rivera (GK); 15.Danny Guillen, 26.Carlos Rossell, 28.Ronaldo Vasquez.

Coach: Lenin Jose Bastidas Bello

Arnett Gardens: 40.Damion Hyatt (GK); 3.Lennox Russell (15.Ranike Anderson 63rd minute), 5.Renae Lloyd, 8.Vishinul Harris (Yellow Card), 9.Marvin Morgan (11.Kemal Malcolm 75th minute, 12.Jabeur Johnson, 13.Fabien Reid, 16.Jamar Martin, 17.Kenniel Hyde, 20.Oneil Thompson (Capt.) (Yellow + Yellow = Red Card), 21.Al Nesbeth (19.Tamar Edwards 21st minute) (Yellow Card).

Unused substitutes: 7.Jason Moore, 27.Steve Clarke, 33.Leon Strickland, 55.Shamarley Clayton (GK).

Coach: Jerome Waite

Referee: Ricangel De Leca (ARU)
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY)
Referee Assessor: Jaggernath Goolcharan (TRI)
Match Commissioner: Egbert Lacle (ARU)

Game 2
W Connection:
18.Julani Archibald (GK); 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams, 5.Triston Hodge, 6.Kevon Goddard, 7.Akeem Garcia (17.Jevaughn Humphrey 64th minute), 9.Kadeem Corbin (19.Briel Thomas 66th minute), 15.Jesus Perez, 16.Alvin Jones (Capt.), 23.Kennedy Hinkson (8.Jameel Antoine 79th minute), 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 14.Quinn Rodney, 21.Ronell Paul, 26.Isaiah Garcia, 30.Shaquille John, 33.Jason Belfon (GK).

Coach: Stuart Charles Fevrier

Real Hope FA: 1.Odelus Louis Valendi (GK); 3.Bissainthe Bicou (20.Cineus Renel 80th minute), 4.Edmund Patrick, 5.Jean Eyma (Capt.), 6.Dunel Blaise, 7.Nerlin St. Vil (11.Schneider Desamours 80th minute), 9.Ronaldo Damus, 10.Jeudy Johnson (12.Exavier Naldory Joseph Rams 91st minute), 14.Wendy St. Felix, 15.Denilson Pierre, 22.Jean Jackinto.

Unused substitutes: 2.Paul Fernandes, 13.Phlippe Junior Toussaint, 16.Vertus Wolf, 25.Max Djivenel Fleuricien (GK).

Coach: Sonche Pierre

Referee: Oscar Macias (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Barwegen (CAN)
Fourth Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC)
Referee Assessor: Omario Contreras (BLZ)
Match Commissioner: Glenn Etienne (DMA)

Upcoming games

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Friday, February 2, 2018       
Real Hope FA (HAI) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Arnett Gardens FC (JAM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.
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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2018, 08:24:02 PM »
So ah watch 15 mins so far. Fadda Lawd. What we doing in T&T with football?  :frustrated:
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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2018, 11:57:19 AM »
Stern John commits to Central; legendary T&T striker chase maiden title as coach in the form of the Caribbean Club Championship.
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Stern John has renewed his commitment to Central FC with his target, his maiden trophy as head coach in the form of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship, the qualifier tournament to the Concacaf Champions League and Concacaf League.

Central, back-to-back Caribbean champions of 2015 and 2016, are set to travel to the Dominican Republic on Sunday where they must face Jamaica’s Portmore United (Feb. 7), Haiti’s Racing FC (Feb. 9) and hosts Atlantico (Feb. 11) in Group B.

The top two teams will advance to the Caribbean final round in May where they will compete with the top two teams of Group A currently being contested in Trinidad. Hosts W Connection are bottom of the group after losing 1-0 to Haiti’s Real Hope Academy (3 points), while Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens and Dominican Republic’s Atletico Pantoja are tied on a point after their goalless draw on Wednesday’s opening night. All four clubs return to action on Friday.

Central will unveil their 20-man squad for the trip to the Dominican Republic on Friday and could include former Trinidad and Tobago standouts such as Carlyle Mitchell and Densill Theobald as well as the return of midfielders Darren Mitchell and Keron Cummings.

And through the financial support of companies such as Guayaguayare-based Hydro Tech and Lollabee Group, the Couva Sharksbelieve the shot at lifting a third Caribbean crown is attainable.

“We want to win,” John told reporters during a brief media presentation to unveil Lollabee Group as a part sponsor of Central’s 2018 Caribbean campaign. “I think the team we have put together [capable] of the task.”

John, also an assistant coach with the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Team, took over as head coach of the strugglingCouva Sharks last September – midway through the 2017 season – after serving as an assistant to Dale Saunders who left due to financial woes faced by the club.

Months earlier, battling through their financial struggles the Couva Sharks had finished fourth at the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship which was won by debutants Cibao FC of Dominican Republic. San Juan Jabloteh finished runners-up losing 1-0 in the final after Jamaica’s Portmore United secured a third-place finish against Central.

Saunders’ later departure had followed an exodus of players and staff and by the end of the 2017 campaign, the Couva Sharks — a side that had previously won three consecutive Pro League championships — finished second-from-bottom on the ten-team domestic table.

Central FC’s managing director Brent Sancho reiterated that all clubs in the Pro League had been affected by the lack of financial support and that the two-time Caribbean champions weren't immune to the current economic climate.

“Stern had a real baptism of fire last season when he stepped up to take his first head coach position,” said Sancho.

Sancho, a teammate of John at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, explained, “The lack of resources left Stern with very little to choose from when selecting his team [last season].

“[Now] Stern [has showed] his loyalty to those who played through (last season’s) difficult time by offering opportunities to 90 percent of last year’s squad and staff. Those players will [now] be supplemented by some very talented and experienced players. As in 2016, when we won our second Caribbean Club Championship, we are aiming for a 100 percent Trini’ squad – at least for the trip to Dominican Republic.”

“It’s a little better (now),” agreed John, T&T’s all-time leading scorer and ex-Sunderland and Birmingham forward.

Lollabee Group director Sheldon Stephen expressed delight to be part of Central’s Caribbean campaign and by extension the sport of football.

Stephen said his company would also look at possibly extending its relationship with the Couva Sharks into the domestic Pro League season to promote perhaps the company’s My Fit Menu, an affordable meal order service.

“All our concentration is on the Caribbean Club Championship,” continued John. The Central coach says his task involves gelling his new bunch in time for next week’s challenges in Dominican Republic.

“The most important thing is getting the guys to play together,” he said. “[And] understanding what the manager, I, (sic) want as a team, and hopefully we can go (on to quality) for the second round. As I’ve said, we want to win the tournament.”

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2018, 12:51:38 PM »
Any stream for tonight's game.  ;D

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2018, 02:47:53 PM »
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Arnett Gardens (Jamaica). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2018, 06:15:14 PM »
What a beautiful 2nd goal by WC

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2018, 06:23:30 PM »
WATCH: Marcus Joseph scores the opening goal for W Connection vs Arnett Gardens in the 2nd minute.

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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2018, 06:29:12 PM »
WATCH: It’s Marcus Joseph again as he doubles W Connection’s lead over Arnett Gardens in the 13th minute. Unleashes a shot with the outside of his left boot, which flies into the back of the net.

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« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2018, 06:47:05 PM »
HALF-TIME: W Connection 2-0 Arnett Gardens. Goals by Marcus Joseph (2’, 13’).
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« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2018, 07:21:16 PM »
GOAL: Fabian Reid cuts W Connection’s lead in half as he scores from the penalty spot for Arnett Gardens in the 62nd minute. W Connection 2-1 Arnett Gardens.
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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2018, 07:52:17 PM »
FINAL: W Connection 2-1 Arnett Gardens. Goals by Marcus Joseph (2’, 13’) and Fabian Reid (62’ pen).
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« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2018, 10:19:27 PM »
Congrats! That was a hell of a goal by “young Lobo”.

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« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2018, 06:01:58 AM »
New-look Central FC embark on CONCACAF quest.
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A NEW-LOOK Central FC outfit will embark on their 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship tomorrow, when they leave for the Dominican Republic to face Portmore United of Jamaica, Racing FC of Haiti and host club Atlantico FC, in Group B action.

The round-robin stage will run from February 7-11.

At a media launch at the refurbished Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya yesterday, the Brent Sancho-owned Central FC unveiled their 20-man squad, which features only seven players from their calamitous 2017 TT Pro League campaign. Entering last season with a hat-trick of Pro League titles, the club suffered badly due to lack of finances and finished ninth in the 10-team competition.

However, with Hydro Tech and Lollabee Group of Companies providing monetary assistance towards the club, a number of players have come on board as the team vie for a spot in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League.

Experienced Trinidad and Tobago defender Carlyle Mitchell has joined the team as a free agent and has been entrusted with the role as captain, with evergreen midfielder Densill Theobald, who left current Pro League champs North East Stars during the off-season, named as the team’s vice-captain.

From the team’s 2016-2017 title campaign, midfielders Darren Mitchell (who was the team’s captain during that season), and Keron “Ball Pest” Cummings, as well as striker Kerry Baptiste (who was part of the 2017 North East Stars outfit) and goalkeeper Javon Sample have returned, as well as utility player Anthony Wolfe.

National team wingers Nathan Lewis and Tyrone Charles have joined from San Juan Jabloteh while defender Jameel Neptune swapped North East for Central FC.

Another prominent name in the squad is veteran striker Cornell Glen, who last played for the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in the 2017 National Super League.

The technical staff has also been revamped with Anthony Rougier as assistant coach, Saaron Joseph as trainer, Esmond O’Brien as equipment manager and Denise Ramdoo as team manager.

Team coach Stern John said, “It’s a fantastic time to be around Central FC. We’re happy the sponsors have come on board.”

The former ace national striker pointed out, “After last season, we had a lot of players (who) moved on because of the financial situation. We had to rebuild (the) team for the Club Championship. We have a lot of experienced players, we have a lot of youngsters as well too. We’re trying to blend the youngsters with the senior players,” added the current TT national team assistant coach. “We don’t have the luxury to get rid of our experienced players. I think we need to get them involved in football still so we can bring the younger players through.”

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« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2018, 06:39:53 AM »
Good luck, Central!

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« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2018, 08:45:03 AM »
Marcus Joseph brace puts W Connection back on course for Concacaf spot after victory over Jamaica’s Arnett Gardens
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Marcus ‘Lobo’ Joseph enjoyed a brilliant night at the office netting an early brace as hosts W Connection held off top Jamaican side Arnett Gardens to a hard-fought 2-1 win in their Group A clash of the 2018 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship on Friday at the Ato Boldon Stadium.

The Trinidad and Tobago international struck two fine strikes in a space of thirteen minutes including the fastest goal of the tournament to date at one minute 41 seconds, but missed out on completing the hat-trick late after former San Juan Jabloteh playmaker Fabien Reid had pulled a goal back from the penalty spot for the Jamaicans on the hour mark.

The win, coupled with Dominican Republic’s Atletico Pantoja’s (4 points) comfortable 3-0 win over Haiti’s Real Hope Football Academy (3 points) to take the group lead in the earlier game at the Couva venue, lifted Connection (3 points) two spots off the bottom into second by goal-difference after a disappointing 1-0 opening loss to the Haitians last Wednesday.

Connection, the multiple-time former Caribbean champions, will next face Atletico Pantoja in the group’s final game from 8pm on Sunday at the same venue. Real Hope and bottom of the table Arnett Gardens (1 point) will complete their group play from 5pm on the same day.

The top two teams will advance to the Caribbean final round in May which will determine Concacaf Champions League and Concacaf League berths.

Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier, in an effort to bounce back after their opening loss in which Jeudy Johnson had fired the Haitians in front after exactly two minutes, started without Wednesday’s attacking trio of Kadeem Corbin, Akeem Garcia and Kennedy Hinkson.

Fevrier instead opted to push Joseph higher into the attack alongside Suriname international Dimitri Apai, making his first appearance of the tournament, and gave former Shiva Boys College attacker Quinn Rodney his professional debut on the opposite flank, while hard-man Briel Thomas started in the middle. And it all paid off.

Joseph, leading the spear at the tip, opened the scoring with less than two minutes played when he raced between two defenders to steer a low left side Kurt Frederick cross past Arnett Gardens goalie Damion Hyatt.

Joseph then cushioned the hosts 2-0 on thirteen minutes with a left-footed blast from outside the left of the box after making light work of winger Kemal Malcolm.

Moments later Joseph forced Hyatt into a low save before executing a wonderful overhead attempt which flew just wide after meeting another Frederick cross.

Joseph’s best chance to complete the hat-trick arrived twelve minutes from time but failed to put his effort on target at the end of a quick response by Connection after Arnett Gardens’ substitute Lennox Russell saw his effort rebound off the upright on the other end.

The Jamaicans, without captain and ex-Connection player Oneil Thompson through suspension, never looked flattened although conceding twice early on.

Arnett Gardens had forced Connection custodian Julani Archibald into three first half saves including acrobatically putting behind a Marvin Morgan shot on the half hour mark and a point blank save to deny Malcom on the stroke of the half.

Arnett Gardens’ resolve resulted in Guyana referee Gladwyn Johnson ruling a handball against the hosts and although Archibald did get glove to the ball, the Connection shot-stopper was unable to stop it from ending at the back of his net.

Growing in confidence by the minute, the Jamaicans were on the hunt for another when Reid’s acrobatic attempt flew just high moments later.

Connection, though, could have put the match out of reach a minute into the second half when Apai outpaced every challenge for fifty yards after a neat flick in his own half to escape Kenniel Hyde but later had his shot put behind by Hyatt.

Apai had also spilled wide two minutes from the break after controlling a deep diagonal feed out of the back by Frederick who continues to prove himself as one of the Caribbean’s best full-backs.

Atletico Pantoja had earlier set the tempo for an entertaining night with a double from forward Armando Maita, netting on either side of the break, following a go-head goal from Luis Espinal against Real Hope FA.

Espinal completed a wonderful team move in the 35th minute, firing past Real Hope goalkeeper Odelus Luis Valendi from inside the box after controlling a left side feed from Darly Batista who was picked out by a brilliant through ball from Jean Carlos López.

Five minutes later López was also involved in Pantoja’s second goal and first from Maita, this time grabbing the assist after his corner from the right was headed powerfully into the back of the Haitians net.

Maita later completed his double from close up in the 59th minute by stabbing the ball into the back of Real Hope’s net after goalkeeper Valendi parried at his feet.

CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018
Group A (Trinidad) results
Wednesday 31 January 2018

Club Atletico Pantoja 0 vs Arnett Gardens 0, at Ato Boldon Stadium;

W Connection 0 vs Real Hope Football Academy 1 (Jeudy Johnson 2’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Friday, February 2, 2018        
Real Hope FA 0 vs Atletico Pantoja 3 (Luis Espinal 35’, Armando Maita 40’, 59’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

W Connection 2 (Marcus Joseph 2’, 13) vs Arnett Gardens 1 (Fabien Reid 61’), at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Arnett Gardens FC (JAM) v Real Hope FA (HAI), 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad;

W Connection FC (T&T) v Club Atletico Pantoja (DOM), 8pm, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad.

Teams at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday
Game 1
Real Hope FA:
1.Odelus Louis Valendi (GK); 4.Edmund Patrick, 5.Jean Eyma (Capt.), 6.Dunel Blaise, 7.Nerlin St. Vil, 9.Ronaldo Damus, 10.Jeudy Johnson, 11.Schneider Desamours, 14.Wendy St. Felix, 15.Denilson Pierre, 22.Jean Jackinto.

Unused substitutes: 3.Bissainthe Bicou, 12.Exavier Naldory Joseph Rams, 16.Vertus Wolf, 20.Cineus Renel, 23.Philippe Junior Toussaint, 24.Fardyson Pierre, 35.Max Djivenel Fleuricien (GK).

Coach: Sonche Pierre

Club Atletico Pantoja: 23.Odalis Baez (GK); 3.Pedro Muñoz (16.Robert Rosado 72nd minute), 4.Yefferson Moreira, 7.Luis Espinal, 8.Jesus Quintero (28.Ronaldo Vasquez 64th minute, 9.Darly Batista (26.Carlos Rossell 89th minute), 13.Jean Walnes Innocent, 14.Jean Carlos López, 17.Armando Maita, 21.Nicolas Rebollo (Capt.), 32.Eduardo Centeno.

Unused substitutes: 1.Wisaldy Rivera (GK); 15.Danny Guillen, 18.Brian Calabrese, 20.Jonathan Faña

Coach: Lenin Jose Bastidas Bello

Officials
Referee: Reon Radix (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Barwegen (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)
Fourth Official: Ricangel De Leca (ARU)
Referee Assessor: Jaggernath Goolcharan (TRI)
Match Commissioner: Glenn Etienne (DMA)

Game 2
W Connection:
18.Julani Archibald (GK); 2.Kurt Frederick, 3.Gerard Williams, 5.Triston Hodge, 6.Kevon Goddard (8.Jameel Antoine 68th minute), 10.Dimitri Apai, 14.Quinn Rodney (23.Kennedy Hinkson 46th minute), 15.Jesus Perez, 16.Alvin Jones (Capt.), 19.Briel Thomas, 99.Marcus Joseph.

Unused substitutes: 33.Jason Belfon (GK); 7.Akeem Garcia, 9.Kadeem Corbin, 17.Jevaughn Humphrey, 26.Isaiah Garcia.

Coach: Stuart Charles Fevrier

Arnett Gardens: 40.Damion Hyatt (GK); 5.Renae Lloyd, 8.Vishinul Harris, 9.Marvin Morgan, 11.Kemal Malcolm (3.Lennox Russell 73rd minute), 12.Jabeur Johnson (7.Jason Moore 66th minute), 13.Fabien Reid, 15.Ranike Anderson, 16.Jamar Martin (33.Leon Strickland 66th minute), 17.Kenniel Hyde, 19.Tamar Edwards.

Unused substitutes: 21.Al Nesbeth, 26.Ricardo Oldham, 27.Steve Clarke, 55.Shamarley Clayton (GK).

Coach: Jerome Waite

Officials
Referee: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Stephens (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Oscar Marcias (MEX)
Referee Assessor: Omario Contreras (BLZ)
Match Commissioner: Egbert Lacle (ARU)
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Re: 2018 Caribbean Club Championship Thread
« Reply #25 on: February 03, 2018, 12:20:09 PM »
The assistant ref. named Iroots. Plus Real Hope get 3.  I hope Connection is focused and don't go into the game overconfident.

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« Reply #26 on: February 03, 2018, 03:28:46 PM »
WATCH: Comments from Head Coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier after W Connection’s 2-1 win over Arnett Gardens

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« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2018, 10:39:36 AM »
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Atlético Pantoja (Dominican Republic). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

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« Reply #28 on: February 04, 2018, 11:53:18 AM »
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« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2018, 01:36:21 PM »
WATCH CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship 2018 LIVE: W Connection vs Atlético Pantoja (Dominican Republic). Kick-off at 7pm EST (8pm local).

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