Hector, Winchester join Warriors
Published: 27 Oct 2010
T&T senior team head coach Russell Latapy is likely to name his final 20-man squad for the upcoming Digicel Caribbean Cup group stage by Saturday, as he continues his training sessions at the helm of the provisional squad this week at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. United States-based defender Julius James is carded to join the team in its live-in camp at the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday while LA Galaxy defender Yohance Marshall who made his debut in the recent 1-0 loss to Jamaica, is expected on Friday. Latapy has delayed naming his final team as he assesses the readiness of the players currently in camp, while Puerto Rico Islanders duo Kendall Jagdeosingh and Keon Daniel will play for their club later in the week before arriving in Port of Spain on the weekend prior to T&T’s opening match on Tuesday against St Vincent and the Grenadines at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
W Connection duo Hughton Hector and Shahdon Winchester have been missing from training over the past couple days and are due back on Tuesday following a trial with Ukraine top flight club PFC Sevastopol. Also training with the team is former Under-20 midfielder Kevin Molino who is now a regular with Ma Pau FC’s first team in the T&T Pro League. LA Galaxy defender Chris Birchall has been in talks with the T&T management but is not available due to Galaxy’s playoff commitments in the MLS and the fact that he is a first team regular. San Jose Earthquakes striker Cornell Glen is also sidelined because of a hamstring injury. “The team is still a decent one with several players who have been playing at the international level in recent months and getting exposure.
“We don’t expect any of the matches to be easy but we are at home and we will put in the work that is necessary for us to get to the Finals. “We are eyeing the Digicel Cup in Martinique in December but before that we must take care of Haiti, Guyana and St Vincent,” midfielder Clyde Leon said. Leon who captained the team against Jamaica in Kingston recently, added: “This current week of training, double sessions each day will serve us well because we have the opportunity to spend more time together and that is an important element of team building. “We must be able to prove how much progress we’ve made over the past few matches by pulling off good performances in the matches coming up.”
Meantime, as Guyana continues its preparations for the Trinidad Group phase, its Football Federation President Colin Klass pointed out that while the FIFA subvention had offset some of the expenses, there was still need for a massive input from the business community and other stakeholders to realise the ultimate goal of the team advancing to the Digicel Cup Finals in Martinique. “There must be a collaborative effort of the corporate community and Government if we are to realise the amount necessary for the preparation of the team,” said Klass. And Guyana’s head coach Wayne Dover feels the recent accomplishment of the team was due to the high level of commitment and dedication exhibited by the local players.
He pointed out that the local side was only able to engage in one practice match against a Trinidadian side before going into the just concluded competition. Klass also revealed the Guyana coaching staff would receive some technical assistance from Chino Hernandez Cerazo, a Puerto Rican who arrived in Georgetown to bolster the technical department of the Guyana Federation. In related news, Grenada and Guadeloupe became the first two sides to qualify for the Finals next month in Martinique along with the hosts and defending champions Jamaica. Delroy Facey scored a brace to lead the Grenadians to a 2-0 victory over St Kitts & Nevis on Sunday in the second match of a double-header, which also saw Guadeloupe keep their composure to prevail 3-2 over Puerto Rico.
Latapy names 20 for Digicel qualifiers
Published: 26 Oct 2010
The overseas quartet of Puerto Rico Islanders’ Kendall Jagdeosingh, his clubmate Keon Daniel, DC United’s Julius James and Yohance Marshall of LA Galaxy, have been named in a 20-man squad for the second round Group F Digicel Caribbean Cup qualifiers next week. The squad selected by Soca Warriors coach Russell Latapy, moved into a live-in camp at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Wrightson Road, yesterday, minus the four overseas players who are due to arrive later this week for the tournament. The tournament to be played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo from November 2-6 will feature hosts, T&T, Haiti, Guyana and St Vincent and The Grenadines.
From the four-team tournament, the top two will qualify for the eight-team finals in Martinique from November 26 to December 5. Missing from the Soca Warriors squad is speedy striker Cornell Glen, who is out due to injury. Glen who started up front with Devon Jorsling in T&T’s last international match, a 1-0 loss away to Jamaica on October 11, also missed the Earthquakes final MLS regular season 4-1 loss to Kansas City Wizards on Saturday with the injury.
In his absence, Defence Force striker Jorsling who has netted four goals in his last eight international appearances will spearhead the attack alongside W Connection’s Shahdon Winchester, bmobile Joe Public’s Kerry Baptiste and former Under-20 striker, Jamal Gay. Jagdeosingh and Baptiste, who return from injury are the only two newcomers in the team from the Jamaica loss. Other notable inclusions include captain Clyde Leon, Densill Theobald, Trent Noel, Hayden Tinto, Anthony Wolfe and goalkeepers, Jan-Michael Williams and Marvin Phillip. With Glen out, Wolfe and Theobald are the only members of the 2006 Germany Fifa World Cup in the squad.
Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (W Connection), Marvin Phillip (Joe Public).
Defenders: Julius James (DC United), Yohance Marshall (LA Galaxy), Kern Cupid (W Connection), Daniel Cyrus (Caledonia AIA), Joevin Jones (W Connection).
Midfielders: Clyde Leon (W Connection), Trent Noel (Joe Public), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA), Hughton Hector (W Connection), Keon Daniel (Puerto Rico Islanders), Hayden Tinto (Joe Public), Anthony Wolfe (North East Stars), Lester Peltier (Ma Pau FC), Kendall Jagdeosingh (Puerto Rico Islanders)
Forwards: Devon Jorsling (Defence Force), Jamal Gay (unknown), Kerry Baptiste (Joe Public), Shahdon Winchester (W Connection).
Digicel Second Round
Group F fixtures
Venue: Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo
Tuesday Nov 2
Haiti vs Guyana, 5pm
T&T vs St Vincent/Gren, 7.30pm
Thursday Nov 4
St.Vincent/Gren vs Haiti, 5pm
T&T vs Guyana, 7.30pm
Saturday Nov 6
Guyana vs St Vincent/Gren, 4pm
T&T vs Haiti, 6.30pm