Monday June 28th, 1998
Dwarika offered contract with Al Ansar
Dwarika...headed to Lebanon but...
Arnold Dwarika has been offered a contract with Al-Ansar in Lebanon. Dwarika
will join Peter Prosper and Wesley Webb next season. However, the deal
is being held up on what else? Money. According to CANA, local club Joe
Public wants US$100,000 TT$ 630,000 in order to release him. According
to Al-Ansar that transfer fee is too high. The deal will allow Joe Public
to recover 31 percent of there TT$ 2,000,000 budget.
Should Dwarika join Al-Ansar it will be his second stint overseas. He
has played in Scotland for East Fife in the second division.
In the shooting range....
In MLS action, Mickey Trotman and Brian Haynes of Dallas got the better
of David Nahkid and New England on Saturday. Dallas battled back from 2-0
and 3-1 deficits to win the game in a shoot out. Trotman started and set
up a goal in the 44th minute to make the score 3-2. The game was tied at
the end of regulation play and progressed to a shoot-out. Brian Haynes
scored in the period and Dallas emerged the victors.
In A-league action, Terry St. Louis and Toronto's trip to the West Coast
was not a happy one. They lost 2-1 versus Vancouver and 1-0 versus Seattle.
In the battle of T&T defenders, Craig Demmin and Rochester beat Shawn
Boney and Connecticut 2-1 in a shoot-out win. Shawn then lost to Montreal
2-1. The misery continues for Raleigh and Marvin Raeburn. The lost to Hampton
The Trini Crew at New Orleans got back into the winning ways when they
defeated Milwaukee 2-0. Finally, hell is just a little colder today. Craig
Demmin and Rochester were undefeated in the A-league until Sunday. The
lost 2-1 in a shoot-out to Long Island.
Thursday June 25th, 1998
Hislop joins West Ham
Hislop...waving good-bye to Newcastle.
Shaka Hislop's days at Newcastle United are over. He will join West Ham
United on a free transfer. However, he may have to fight Canadian Craig
Forrest for the number one spot. Hislop, the former St. Mary's College
goalkeeper moved to the Hammers for £3.5 million double the value
he received from Newcastle for a transfer from Reading.
Hislop's move was expected since he did not agree to a contract extension
during last season with manager Kevin Daglish. When he did not sign he
was immediately dropped to number two (in more ways than one).
Details of his contract were unavailable however, I am working on getting
the most important detail of his contract available. Many T&T fans
want to know if he will be available to play for T&T. His last contract
with Newcastle stated that he was to play for England only, giving up his
status as a T&T player. However, should there be a restriction placed
on him, he has Fifa case law on his side. Robbie Earle's contract with
Wimbleton stated that he could only play for England. However, thanks to
Jack Warner and the player's committee that section of his contract was
found to be in fault and he now represents Jamaica.
In the shooting range...
Jack Warner came back to his hotel room in Paris on Tuesday to discover
that it had been broken into by thieves. The bandits stole US$35,000 worth
of cash and jewelry belonging to Jack's wife....Prior to the World Cup
a major Argentina sports magazine listed Deon Burton of Jamaica as the
Ronaldo of the Caribbean. Just something to snicker about, I guess they
have never seen Dwight or Jerren or Stern in action.
In the starting lineup...
In the MLS, Brian Haynes and Mickey Trotman face David Nahkid and New
In the A-League it will be the battle of the defenders when Shawn Boney
of Connecticut takes Craig Demmin of Rochester on Thursday. Shawn then
faces Staten Island on Friday and Montreal on Sunday. Craig Demmin and
Rochester face Long Island on Sunday. Terry St. Louis and Toronto heads
to the West Coast this weekend. The face Vancouver on Friday and Seattle
on Sunday. The Trini Crew at Raleigh faces Hampton Roads on Friday. Finally,
all-star Gary Glasgow and his strike partner Lester Felician will face
Monday June 22nd, 1998
Ramdhan does the job.
Ramesh Ramdhan restored some common sense to the game with his handling
of Japan and Croatia on Saturday. Ramdhan's performance on Saturday morning
was a good one. He controlled the game and apart from some diving on the
part of Croatia had a easy time. Ramdhan is almost certain to see action
in the later rounds of the World Cup.
John scores again.
John...in second place.
Stern John continued to show why he should be the rookie of the year in
the MLS. John moved to second place in MLS goal scoring by scoring his
ninth goal of the season. He is now within three goals of taking the lead.
John's goal tied the score at 1-1 in the 29th minute when he beat two New
York defenders to rifle the ball into the back of the net. Columbus went
on to win the game 2-1 to move into second place in the MLS East division.
Also playing a key role was his cousin Ansil Elcock.
In other MLS action, both Brian Haynes and Mickey Trotman started for
Dallas in their encounter with Tampa Bay. However, they were unable to
prevent the Burn from falling 1-0 to the Mutiny.
The slump continues for Marvin Raeburn and the Raleigh Flyers. They lost
both encounters this weekend, first to Jacksonville 3-2 and to Terry St.
Louis and Toronto 2-0 on Sunday. Wendell Regis and Hershey lost to the
US Pro-40 team 3-2. Craig Demmin and Rochester defeated Terry St. Louis
and Toronto 2-1. Shawn Boney and Connecticut defeated Albuquerque 1-0 in
a shoot out. Lester Felician and the Trini Crew at New Orleans lost to
Nashville 2-1. Finally Craig Demmin and Rochester defeated California 5-0
Thursday June 18th, 1998
Ramdhan to referee this weekend
Ramdhan...big weekend ahead
While referees in Trinidad and Tobago are under pressure they can take
relief that one of their own will be taking charge on the World stage.
Ramesh Ramdhan will referee the Group H match between Croatia and Japan
on Sunday. This is the first time that a Caribbean referee will take charge
of a World Cup game. Ramdhan is no stranger to big games. He has
been in charge of the Gold Cup final in 1996 and his biggest game to date
has been the Mexico-Jamaica match at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City
during last year's World Cup qualifiers. Joining him will be Merere Gonzales
also from Trinidad. He will be on the sidelines. This was supposed to be
a big game for the region with the third referee's assistant being Owen
Powell of Jamaica. However, due to a Japanese protest Powell was forced
to do another game.
Waiting for the WC to end.
Nahkid...On hold till July 12th.
David Nahkid has put his pending move to Tottenham Hotspurs on hold. Nahkid,
speaking to the Trinidad Express stated that he will wait till the
end of the World Cup and the MLS All Star game to decide on a move to England.
Nahkid said "I have decided to put everything on hold...at least until
the end of the World Cup. For one thing," he added, "the clubs interested
would have settled on their teams and it will also give me a chance to
play in both the All Star game and the Shell Cup (July 22-31) before deciding
on whether I will take the option to move on."
Evans Wise, Nahkid's New England teammate is not so certain about
his future. New England placed Wise on waivers to make room for a new signing.
When he clears waivers the Revolution can either release him outright making
him a free agent or keep him in the league player pool.
Another player waiting till the end of the World Cup is Russell Latapy.
Latapy, currently in France with his Mastercard duties, has talked to teams
in England about a transfer from current club Boavista. Teams believed
to be in the hunt include Leeds United and Arsenal at a transfer fee that
has been quoted around £ 7,000,000. His current club Boavista
are not going to let Latapy go without a fight. They are prepared to match
any sum that he receives from the clubs in England.
In the starting lineup...
Stern John and Columbus take on New York on Saturday. Brain Haynes and
Dallas take on Tampa Bay. In A-league action Avery John and Raleigh take
on Jacksonville on Friday and Terry St. Louis Toronto on Sunday. On Friday
Terry St. Louis and Toronto take on Craig Demmin and Rochester. Rochester
then take on California at home on Sunday. Shawn Boney and Connecticut
take on Albuquerque on Saturday. Finally the Trini Crew at New Orleans
will play Nashville on Saturday.
Monday June 15th, 1998
Sorry for the non update on Thursday.
John scores in Columbus lost
John...scores number eight
Stern John scored his eight goal of the season on Sunday but that was not
enough to help the Columbus Crew fall 4-3 to DC United. John scored
in the 29th minute to send the Crew up 2-1. However, DC came back to even
the game at 3-3 in the 67th minute. The game remained level at the end
of regualation play and progressed to a shoot-out to decide the winner.
John's attempt in the shoot-out period was saved and DC prevailed to move
to the top of the MLS East division.
In other MLS action, David Nahkid and New England fell to Chicago 3-1.
Nahkid started but came off in the 54th minute.
This weekend we start off with Toronto and Terry St. Louis. St. Louis and
Toronto beat Shawn Boney and Conneticuit 2-0.
Conneticuit lost to Long Island 1-0
Over in New Orleans Lester Felician and the Trini Crew defeated Cincinnati
4-0 on Friday and then went on to defeat San Francisco 4-3 in a shoot-out.
Lester Felician had a great game. Felician scored a goal, assisted on another
goal and scored the deciding goal in the shoot-out to move New Orleans
up the table.
Marvin Raeburn and Raliegh continue to slump. They lost 3-1 to Milwaukee
and 5-2 to Minnesota.
Craig Demmin and Rochester continue their winning ways when they defeated
Monday June 8th, 1998
Ramdhan to officiate WC game.
While T&T bowed out of the World Cup a long time ago, it's influence
will still be felt on the World Cup stage. Ramesh Ramdhan is going to officiate
the game between Japan and Croatia on the 20th of June. Helping him in
that game will be Gonzalez also of Trinidad and Powel of Jamaica. Before
that game Gonzalez will be the linesman in the France-South Africa game
on the 12th. The next day Ramdhan will be the fourth official in the Holland-Belgium
match. This provides the opportunity for Caribbean referee's to shine on
the World stage. Ramdhan has officiated several international games including
the Gold Cup final and World Cup qualifiers.
Trotman scores in Dallas win
Trotman...first of the season
Mickey Trotman came off the bench in the 84th minute and scored four minutes
later to break a 3-3 deadlock for Dallas in their game with DC United.
It was Trotman's first goal of the season with Dallas. His goal came off
a rebounded shot by fellow T&T national Brian Haynes. Despite the goal,
Dallas gave up the lead just seconds later when their own defender lofted
a pass over their goalie to push the game into a shoot out to decide the
winner. In the end Dallas emerged as 5-4 winners.
The Dallas burn were coming off a 8-1 beating by Los Angeles. Both T&T
players were in action with Trotman coming on in the 53rd minute and Haynes
in the 65th.
This weekend was a bad one for T&T players in the MLS. Stern John
could not get into the scoring books when he and Columbus lost to Chicago
2-0. David Nahkid and New England lost to Los Angeles 5-1.
The Trini crew at Raleigh lost to Charleston 4-1. Criag Demmin and Rochester
continued their winning ways when they beat Long Island 2-1. On Saturday
they beat Staten Island 1-0 to remain undefeated for this season. Shawn
Boney and Connecticut beat Jacksonville 2-1 in a shoot-out. Finally, in
Toronto Terry St. Louis and Toronto lost to Long Island 3-0 at home.
What to do......
For the next month my phone will off the hook and the convince store downstairs
will be out of Pringles and dip. Unless if you have been in a coma or living
in the cave you know the World Cup will begin on Wednesday. The news does
not stop for T&T football, I will still keep updating the page with
the news on T&T football every Monday and Thursday. Trinidad and
Tobago Football Online will provide links to Live coverage of the World
Cup. You can see all 64 games via Univision here on the internet.
Go to The Stadium
for more details for the Univision link via KMEX in Los Angeles.
TTFO will be undergoing a major site overhaul. I will be working
on all the pages from the back pages to the front page. The new look site
will be up and running when the World Cup is over.
Now I am on my way to Sears to by a new television.
Thursday June 4th, 1998
Johns wins again
John...add another to the trophy case.
National striker Stern John, has won his second MLS player of the week
award this year. John won the award due to his hatrick last weekend versus
San Jose. It was his first game back from a separated elbow injury he suffered
three weeks ago.
John won the award last month also on a hatrick performance this time
versus Miami. Those were his first three goals of the season. John is third
in the league in goal scoring with seven just one goal behind for second
If John should continue scoring, he will be strong canidate for rookie
of the year. Last season he was the A-League rookie they year. Despite
his scoring and twice winning player of the week, John's name is still
absent from the MLS All-Star ballots to pick the World team. I guess John
is like Roger Dangerfield of the MLS; he gets no respect at all.
High price deters Manchester United
John Gregory's wish of keeping Dwight Yorke at Aston Villa seems to be
coming through. Case in point is the slapping of a £15 million transfer
fee on Yorke. Manchester United is in hot pursuit of Yorke but the fee
is serving as a deterrent to the former champions.
According to press reports Yorke is unhappy with the high fee. However,
Villa has come up with a package that they hope will satisfy Dwight. Apart
from a pay raise from £7,000 a week to £21,000 a week, Villa
management is handing Yorke a £5.5 million signing bonus for his
signature on a contract extension. Yorke's current contract concludes at
the end of next season.
New York trip pays dividends
Call it the Big Apple's charm but T&T players are reaping the benefit's
of last weekend's game with Jamaica. According to published reports, European
scouts were impressed by the play of goalie Clayton Ince and forward Jerren
Clayton Ince had a good game stopping various shots from the Jamaican
forwards. Nixon also had a good game with some good runs and setup the
wining goal in the 65th minute.
Ince has already gathered interest from European clubs. The cousin of
English captain Paul Ince, Clayton had a stint with Wrexham but failed
to secure a contract because of work permit restrictions. He has since
moved on to another team.
Nixon already at FC Zurich, has raised several eyebrows across Europe.
Since his move from Dundee United in Scotland to Zurich, he has attracted
interest from Southampton and Derby County in the English Premiership and
Watford in the second division.
Another person gathering interest is national team captain David Nahkid.
Nahkid currently at New England in the MLS, is already subject to transfer
talks with Tottenham Hotspurs in the English top flight and has raised
the interest of Watford in the English second division.
In the starting lineup...
Brian Haynes and Mickey Trotman of Dallas will take on Los Angeles on Thursday
and DC United on Sunday. Stern John will be looking to add more goals
to the scoring sheets when he along with his cousin Ancil Elcock and the
Columbus Crew take on Chicago. You can hear hear the game via Broadcast.com
at 8:00pm on Saturday. On Sunday David Nahkid and Evans Wise of New
England will take on Los Angeles.
In the A-League, Avery John and the Trini crew at Raleigh will be looking
to get back to there winning ways when they face Charleston. Craig Demmin
and Rochester are at home this weekend. On Friday they face Long Island
and on Sunday they face Staten Island. Wendell Regis and Hershey face Staten
Island on Friday. On Sunday, Shawn Boney and Connecticut will face Jacksonville.
Finally in Toronto, Terry St. Louis face Long Island at home.
Monday June 1st, 1998
Yorke puts two past Jamaica
Yorke...scoring the winner.
Call it I will see you next time, Dwight Yorke came out firing on all cylinders
on Sunday afternoon. Yorke scored two goals for the Caribbean All Star
team to beat World Cup qualifiers Jamaica 2-1. Jamaica dominated the opening
minutes of the game. They went ahead in the 35th minute on a Frank Sinclair
goal. The Jamaicans however ran into the brick wall of young T&T goalie
Clayton Ince and the defense anchored by Sherwyn Jullien. Dwight Yorke
and the Caribbean All-Stars came out with more purpose in the second half.
Yorke scord in the 60th minute on a header. Three minutes later Yorke took
advantage of some poor defensive work on the parts of the Jamaicans to
put the All-Stars up for good.
Mulitmedia: Hear all the action via Broadcast.com
& Radio Jamaica
Stern John scores hatrick
Stern John returned after a three week absense to record his second
hatrick of the season. John, who was out with a dislocated elbow, scored
all his goals in the second half for Columbus in there 4-1 win over San
Jose. John's first goal came in the 62nd minute when he one timed a pass
from teammate Jeff Cunnigham, into the far post netting. That proved
to be the game winner after both teams went into the dressing room tied
1-1 at the half. John's second goal came ten minutes later when he
was on the end of a 30 yard pass that split the Clash defense. John once
again one-timed the shot past the hapless San Jose goalie who grabed nothing
but air as the ball whizzed past him. Stern's third goal came when he found
himself open on a throw in. He chested the ball down and once again beat
the San Jose goal keeper with a right footed rocket.
In the USA....
Multimedia: Stern John's post
game comments in Real Audio (Couresty: Columbus Crew)
Starting in the MLS, Evans Wise came on in the 53rd minute in New England's
game with New York. Most of the action the game happened in the second
half as New York went ahead in the 69th minute and New England tied it
up with just six minutes from time. The game then progressed to a shot
out to decide who would win the matchup. Evans Wise scored but that could
not help New England as they lost 3-2 in the shoot out.
Brian Haynes and Dallas completed a convincing 2-0 win over Miami. Haynes
started for Dallas and came off in the 78th minute.
In A-league action, on Saturday Wendell Regis and Hershey defeated Avery
John and the Trini crew at Raliegh 4-2. Head coach Alvin Corneal
said: "We're just not playing with enough desire, We have to develop a
killer instinct. We have to start progressing. We get these chances to
score, and we do not follow through." On Sunday Raliegh lost again to Staten
In Toronto Terry St. Louis and the Lynx completed there third win in
a row by beating the US-Pro 40 2-1. St. Louis contributed to the opening
goal when Terry put pressure on the Pro-Select defender who lofted the
ball towards the goalie. The goalie chested the ball down which fell nicely
to a Toronto foward who slotted in the ball.
In the battle of the defenders, Craig Demmin and the Rochester
Rhinos toped Shawn Boney and Conneticuit 1-0 in overtime. Last week Demmin
was named to the A-league team of the week.
Gary Glasgow, Lester Felician and the rest of the Trini crew at New
Orleans lost to Minnesota 3-1.
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