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Friday October 30th, 1998
John concludes US season.

John...could be the last time.
Stern John is expected to be in uniform for the US Open Cup final versus MLS champs Chicago. The game is scheduled for tonight at  Soldier's Field in Chicago and it will probably be the last time that John will be playing in the US after a dream season in the MLS.

John who scored 26 goals to lead the MLS this year is expected to bolt for Europe later this year. According to newspaper reports, heading the list of teams is Charlton Athletic in the English Premiership.

Last week John was named  as the league's best striker as part of the MLS's top eleven players. Also, in the  November 9th issue of Soccernews, John comes up high in the overall ratings of MLS players. Out of a score of 10 John comes in third overall with a rating of  6.33 behind Peter Nowak (1st, 6.63) and Marco Etcheverry (2nd, 6.45). That ranks him number one among strikers in the MLS. Also on the list is his cousin Ansil Elcock who was ranked tenth among MLS defenders with a rating 5.56.

You can hear the game tonight by going to Brodcast.com tonight at 9:00pm Eastern, 10:00pm T&T time.

In the shooting range...

This is the for all you St. Benedicts College folks to gloat. They are the new Intercol champions. You can read the report by going to the Schoolnews section.

In the starting lineup...

Dwight Yorke and Manchester United will be looking to gain ground on league leaders Aston Villa when they  take on Everton. Shaka Hislop will play his former club Newcastle.

In the English first division Clint Marcelle and Barnsley will play Wolverhampton.

In the Scottish first division, Rusell Latapy, Tony Rougier and Hibernian will play Clydebank.
Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers will take on Morton.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Amadora play Farense.

Monday October 26th, 1998
Latapy impressive in Hibernian debut

Latapy...one million reasons to smile.

The reviews are in and former national captain Russell Latapy made an impressive debut for Hibernian this weekend. Latapy, fresh from signing a two year £1 million free transfer, started for his new club versus Ayr United in what turned out to be a 3-3 barn burner.

According to one fan who witness the game: "Russell made an excellent debut yesterday looking calm and assured in everything he did. He didn't waste a pass all day." That was backed up by the Hibernian website: "Hibs man of the match was without question Russell Latapy, he did not put a foot wrong all game and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself. Every ball he played found the feet of a Hibs player..."

Hibernian had to battle back from 3-1 deficit after 71 minutes and came away with the tie with just five minutes left in the game on the strength of a header from Mixu. The well fought draw was completed just seconds from the final whistle.

At the contract signing Latapy stated that he decided to come to Easter Road because he loved Scotland and the people and that he had also heard about the size of the club and their aspirations from his friend Tony Rougier.

According to Latapy,  he will put his Trinidad and Tobago duties on hold until Hibernian gets promoted into the Scottish Premier division. Speaking to the Scotsman Latapy stated: "Every player wants to play for his country and wants to be available but games in the Caribbean Cup, for example, are not that important international...My club football is very important to me at this stage and if we can agree a compromise, which may mean I go back for occasional  warm-up games, we will do that."

Hibernian manager Alex McLeish stated that he would make arrangements with the TTFF. He said: "I have already been in touch with the manager of Trinidad and Tobago [Richard Braithwaite]
 and as fellow managers we had a good chat. We don't want relations to break down and we want
 players to be able to play if they want to."

Yorke and United escape with draw.
Talk about coming back down to earth. Dwight Yorke and Manchester United after scoring eleven goals in the last two games, could only manage a goal against Derby County. Derby County under Jamaican "Neon" Deon Burton went ahead 1-0 after 74 minutes. However, Manchester United through Dutchman Cruyff equalized in the 86th minute to salvage some pride.
In the shooting range...
"Incoming!!!!" That must have been the cry of Shaka Hislop while he stood in goal for West Ham on Saturday. Hislop had a long day at the office as he let four goals get by him in a 4-2 lost to Charlton Athletic.

Clint Marcelle was not listed as a starter in Barnsley's encounter with Portsmouth. Barnsley won the game 2-1.

In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich tied Xamax 1-1.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Amadora tied Beira-Mar 0-0.

Friday October 23rd, 1998
And the winner is...

Latapy...could play this weekend.
And the winner of the Russell Latapy sweepstakes is... (drum roll please), Hibernian in the Scottish First division. Russell Latapy has signed with the Scottish first division giants and is expected to start this weekend.

The signing ends months of speculation of where he would end up playing this season.
Russell who was pursued by Bolton, turned down deals from Luton Town and was left dangling by Aston Villa. Other clubs in the fray included Blackburn, Tottenham, Ipswich and Barnsley

All that is needed is for Russell to pass a mere physical in order for him to start versus Ayr United this weekend.

Latapy impressed management at the Edinburgh based club earlier this week in a closed door practice. According to team manager Alex McLeish: "In the trial match everything looked effortless for him. His passing and composure was excellent, and he has great experience. He is a play maker and his moves off the front players and link-up play is something I like in my teams. He is quality and the sort of player we want."

With Latapy joining Hibernian he should provide some relief for Tony Rougier who has been suffering from an ankle injury lately. Circle November 7th on your calendars. That is when the Scottish edition of the "Trinidad and Tobago derby" is scheduled when Latapy, Rougier and Hibs play Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers at Starks Park.

It will also mark the first time Rougier returns to the place that gave him his first professional contract and where he was almost run out of town by fans who blamed him for there demotion into the first division two years ago.

For more information on Hibernian check out Erinweb.

John's season end with whimper.
Stern John and the Columbus Crew have ended there MLS cup run with a whimper. After forcing game three on Sunday, they were bounced out with a 3-0 lost to DC United. DC United now face Chicago on Sunday in the final.

There is one last time that Stern John will play in a Columbus uniform when he is expected to suits up for the US Open Cup final. The Crew will play Chicago at Solider Field in the "Windy City" on October 30th at 9:00pm.

After that game John is expected to head over to Europe on a transfer to Charlton Athletic. Also headed there is John's cousin Ansil Elcock, who is expected to tryout with the team. Also in the works is Marvin Raeburn's loan to Auxerre in France and a possible transfer to Europe for Mickey Trotman next year.

Yorke and ManU in European romp.
The dream season continues for Dwight Yorke. After completing a 5-1 win in English League action last weekend, Yorke and "murderers row" walked all over Brody at home in Champions League action on Wednesday.

They defeated Denmark's top team 6-2 on the strength of three goals inside the first half hour. The win propelled them to the top of group D with five points, one point ahead of both Catalan giants Barcelona and German powerhouse Bayern Munich. However, Manchester United have a superior goal difference of +4.

The barrage started in just the second minute of play with a  Roy Giggs score. He added his name again to the scoring sheet in the 21st minute. Dwight Yorke scored in the 61st minute on a header that slipped through the grasp of the hapless Danish goalie. It was his second goal in consecutive games easing fears that he could not  score in European competition.

In other European action, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich look in good shape to progress to the third round of the UEFA cup. They walked into Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic home ground and came away with a well fought 1-1 draw. The play the return leg at home on November 3rd.

T&T drop in rankings.

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Trinidad and Tobago have dropped in the Fifa world rankings. The downward movement is attributed to tournaments in Asia,  Africa and Euro 2000 qualifiers. The "Calypso Boys" are now ranked 47th,  falling three places from last month.

T&T are ranked behind Mexico(11th), the USA(17th) and Jamaica (32nd) in Concacaf.

In the shooting range...
Clint Marcelle came on in the second half of Barnsley's game with Tranmere Rovers. Barnsley lost 3-0.
In the starting lineup...
Manchester United and Dwight Yorke fresh from there victories in Europe play Derby County on the road.

Shaka Hislop and West Ham face Charlton Athletic.

In the English first division Clint Marcelle and Barnsley face Portsmouth.

In Scotland all eyes will be on Easter Road as Russell Latapy will be looking to make his return to competitive action when he along with Tony Rougier and Hibernian face Ayr United.

Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers are off this weekend.

In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich face Xaxmax. In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Amadora face Boavista.

Monday October 19th, 1998
John forces game three.

Stern John.
For a few minutes yesterday in Ohio things got a little anxious for the Columbus Crew. Leading 3-0 just after the break, MLS champions DC United clawed within one goal of forcing a shoot-out. Then in the 81st minute Stern John rose above two defenders to take the pressure off the Crew and force a third and deciding game back to Washington, D.C.

John playing his last game before the Columbus crowd before heading to Europe, was on the receiving end of a long kick from Polish international Robert Warzycha. He out jumped two tight marking defenders to seal a 4-2 win for the Crew.

Action know shifts towards Washington on Wednesday night at RFK stadium. At stake is a place in the MLS cup scheduled for the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California this Sunday. The winner of the game will play expansion team Chicago Fire.

You can hear the game on Wednesday starting at 8:00pm on Broadcast.com.

Demmin wins A-League championship

Demmin...MLS next year?

Craig Demmin and the Rochester Rhinos are the 1998 A-League champions. They did so with a convincing 3-1 win over Minnesota at home. A hat trick by Darren Tilley made all the difference in the game.

Demmin the former Trinidad and Tobago national defender,  along with  Scott Schweitzer A-League defender of the year,  form the league's best defense. They have allowed a league record low of 15 goals all season.

The championship win is not the only thing to be proud of for Demmin. Late last week he was named to the A-League All Star team as a first team starter in just his first year in the league. Another Trinidad and Tobago player also on a All Star team is Gary Glasgow, also in his first year. He was named to the second team.

The question now is whether Demmin will get a chance to play in the MLS. Two things running in his favor is that Rochester is on a short list of places suitable for MLS expansion. However, that is at least two years away. The other, a more direct approach, is the moving of the troubled and poorly attended Tampa Bay Mutiny to the upstate New York city.

Yorke scores in Man U romp.

Yorke...celebrating with Cole on Saturday.
Dwight Yorke and Manchester United have acquired the target. With a 5-1 romp over Wimbleton on Saturday. A double by Andy Cole propelled ManU to a unbeatable lead and within four points of league leaders Aston Villa. However, Manchester United have one game in hand.

Dwight Yorke added his name to the scoring book with his fifth league goal of the season. Yorke scored on a nice turn and had a chance to put away another but his shot was cleared off the line.

Yorke is now third in scoring in the English Premiership behind Alan Sherer of Newcastle with six goals and Ricard of Middlesbrough with seven goals. Yorke and Manchester United now play Brody of Sweden in Champions League action on Wednesday.

In the shooting range...
Shaka Hislop made two amazing saves in the 61st minute to preserve a 0-0 tie with league leaders Aston Villa. A shot by Hendrie was parried away by Hislop right to Merson whose toe poke was cleared away by a quick recovering Hislop for a corner.

In the English first division, Clint Marcelle and Barnsley tied Sheffield United 1-1. Barnsley faces Tranmere on Tuesday.

In Scotland, Tony Rougier and Hibernian are sitting pretty on top of the Scottish First division. They completed a 2-1 win over Greenock Morton.

Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers continue there bad run with a 3-2 lost to Hamilton.

In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich prepared for this week's UEFA cup encounter with Glasgow Celtic on Tuesday with a 1-0 win over FC Basel.

Friday October 16th, 1998
Howdy folks I am back from Miami. I had a good time at Miami Carnival and despite the confusion at times (like if it would be Trini without confusion) it was a good party. For those of you who like small intimate carnivals this is the one for you. It is refreshing change from Caribana here in Toronto and Labour day in Brooklyn. I found myself chipping with my girlfriend in the second to last band going into the Opa Locka airport ground. I plan to make a annual pilgrimage to Miami.
Stern John ready for round two.

John...has work to do.
Stern John has his work cut out for him. John and company have to win at home on Sunday to force a third and deciding game back to Washington, DC next Wednesday.

John and the Columbus Crew fell to the DC United 2-0 last Sunday. Two goals in the second half sealed the fate of Columbus against the league's best team. It was the first game of the MLS Eastern Conference finals. The winner of the series gets a place in the MLS Cup.

The return encounter will be carried live on ABC on Sunday at 4pm.

Stern John may be the Rodney Dangerfield of the MLS, getting no respect at all. For the second time this year he has been snubbed by the MLS. Despite leading the league in scoring, hatricks and other categories he has been excluded from the list of the league's MVP list. John may be his own worse enemy.

He does not fit the demographic that the MLS is pushing for. The league, by it's own admission, is looking to expand it's reach into the large Hispanic market. The MVP list is a who's who of what the league is aiming for. Marco Etcheverry, US national Cobi Jones and Polish international Peter Nowak all appear on the list of finalist. That may just be the cue that John needs to bolt to Europe

In the starting lineup...
Dwight Yorke and Manchester United face Jamaica's Robbie Earle and Wimbleton. Shaka Hislop and West Ham face league leaders Aston Villa at home.

In the English first division Clint Marcelle and Barnsely will look to bounce back from 2-0 lost to Port Vale when they face Sheffield United.

In Scotland, Tony Rougier and Hibernian face Greenock Morton. Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers face Hamilton.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Amadora face Boavista.

In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich face FC Basel on Friday.

In the USA, Craig Demmin and Rochester play Minnesota in the A-league final on Saturday in Rochester, New York. Demmin anchors the A-league's best defense.

Friday October 9th, 1998
John ready to go prime time.
Forget Dion Sanders, Stern John is ready to go prime time. He and the Columbus Crew will play the DC United in the Eastern Conference final of the MLS championship. Not only is John ready for the DC United but he will show it in front of millions in a live broadcast on national television.

Earlier this week ABC televsion network agreed to broadcast the game live for a national audience. The game is scheduled to start at 4pm on Sunday.

John will not be the only one in the spotlight. His cousin and national defender Ansil Elcock will be center stage. Along with the Trini duo, Jamaican Andy Williams will gain the spotlight . He will be the man to step into the shoes of John when he leaves for Europe at the end of season.

In the shooting range...
Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich will take on Glasgow Celtic on October 20th in the second round of the UEFA cup.

It will be the first time that Nixon will make his return to the country that gave his professional career a start. He started his career at Dundee United before his transfer to FC Zurich.

In the starting lineup...
Both Dwight Yorke and Shaka Hislop are off this weekend. Clint Marcelle and Barnsley take on Port Vale on Sunday.

In Scotland, Tony Rougier and Hibernian take on Stranraer. On Sunday Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers look to progress up the table when they face St Mirren.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis is off this weekend. The same is true for Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich.

Folks, I will be headed down to Miami on Saturday morning for my birthday. I will also be checking out the Miami carnival. "Trinis don't live by one carnival alone but by a series of carnivals throughout the year."  TTFOL will be off-line until next week Thursday. Have a good Canadian thanksgiving and Columbus day weekend.-Marc'98

Monday October 5th, 1998
One down, one more to go.

John...celebrating all the way to the finals

"Tight marking by the Metro Stars had Stern John looking like a bowling pin for much of last night, but he kept popping back up." That was the comment of one sports writer on Stern John's performance Saturday night versus New York.

John was kicked around and was the recipient of a elbow in the back of his head that had him on the ground for a few minutes, however he  bounced back to score one goal in regulation play and the game winner in the shoot-out.

The win means that John and Columbus move on to face either Miami or DC United in the Eastern Conference final of the MLS Cup.

John's first goal came just after he was knocked to the ground with a elbow delivered to the back of his head by US international Alexis Lalas. John still hurting from the injury headed home a free kick from Jamaican Andrew Williams to tie the game at 1-1.

With nothing settled at the end of regulation play, John scored the game winning goal in the shoot-out phase to complete the sweep of the Metro Stars. The shoot-out win was Columbus' first this season.

The news is not so good for Mickey Trotman, Brian Haynes and Dallas. Brian Haynes scored in the return leg of there encounter with Los Angeles but could do nothing from preventing the Galaxy from sweeping the Burn. The won the game 3-1 to move on to the Western Conference final.

Yorke scores in Man U win.

While his counterpart in the US was celebrating on Saturday, Dwight Yorke just continued his normal scoring ways. Yorke scored his fifth goal of the season, his fourth in English Premiership league competition. His goal was part of a 3-0 win over Southampton.

Yorke scored in the 11th minute to open the scoring for Manchester United. He just stuck his foot out a low Andy Cole cross to leave the Southampton goal keeper stranded.

The win by Manchester United moved them into second place behind Yorke's old team in Aston Villa. Villa lead by six points but Manchester United have a game in hand.

English and Scottish report.
Shaka Hislop found himself on the end of a 3-0 beating at the hands of Blackburn Rovers. He was on the end of some poor defending by Rio Ferdinand.

Clint Marcelle and Barnsley tied Bolton Wanderers 2-2.

In Scotland, Tony Rougier and Hibernian gained some ground on league leaders Falkirck. They defeated Airdrie 3-1 to move within two points of the league lead.

Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers continue to struggle. They dropped to last place in the Scottish first division and are in danger of being relegated at season's end. Raith lost to Clydebank 1-0. Marvin had a chance to score his first goal this season when his header was cleared off the line. That proved to be the only chance for Raith on Saturday.

In the shooting range...
In Switzerland, FC Zurich and Jerren Nixon lost to Severrete 3-1.

Leonson Lewis may be the only senior player left in Portugal but he is still keeping the T&T flag flying high. On Sunday he scored his second goal of the season in a 1-0 win over Campomaiorense.

Here is a little Monday morning chuckle. Take a look at the two pictures below. I know he changed teams but it looks like he changed more than that.

Lewis at Chaves last year (L) at Amadora this year(R)

Finally, all the secondary school action is up to date courtesy Shaun Fuentes of the Trinidad Guardian.

Friday October 2nd, 1998
T&T to play Manchester United.
The TTFF are negotiating to have English giants Manchester United  play the national senior squad on November 19th. The game will form the centre piece of the Federation's 90th year celebration scheduled for November 15th to 21st. It is expected that Manchester United will spend about two days in Trinidad as part of the celebrations.

In confirming the Oliver Camps as President it was agreed that the TTFA will now be called the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.It was done to make a distinction between the parent body and the other regional bodies.

The changing of the name of the governing body means nothing. You can put makeup on a pig, spray it in "White diamonds" by Elizabeth Taylor and dress the animal in wedding gown it is still a pig. By extension you can change the name from TTFA to TTFF to "the man on the moon foundation," it still means an organization headed by Oliver Camps. This is the same association or federation that sends ill prepared national teams like lambs to a slaughter.  As one football fan said, the TTFF is designed to give a chosen few a chance for plane trips outside T&T and a stay at fancy hotels with nightly drinks.

Yorke scores in Champions League
Dwight Yorke scored his first goal in European competition this season on Wednesday. He scored in Manchester United's 2-2  away tie to Bayern Munich at the Olympic stadium. English international David Beckham found Dwight Yorke's head in the 29th minute to level the scores at 1-1. Yorke's goal was United's 150 goal in European Cup competition.

United were well on there way to winning the game when they went up 2-1 after a Paul Scholes goal in the 48th minute. However, Brazilian Elber took advantage of Manchester United's goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel's miscue to tie the game in the 90th minute.

In other European action, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich progressed to second round of the UEFA cup when they defeated Anorthosis Famagusta 3-2 in Cyprus on Tuesday. The game was plagued with eight yellow cards and two red cards to Anorthosis Famagusta players.

John scores in MLS semi-final

John...target: MLS final.

Stern John can add another goal to his total this season but this time it is a play-off goal and that does not count. It does count when your goal is part of a convincing 5-3 win over New York.

John's goal in the 58th minute set a new league mark for goals by a single team in a play-off game. The real star of the night was his cousin and fellow national teammate Ansil Elcock. Elcock provided three assist to set a new play-off record. Columbus now travel to New York this weekend to face the Metrostars.

The task is more difficult for Brain Haynes, Mickey Trotman and Dallas. ON Thursday night they found themselves on the end of a 6-1 beating at the hands of Los Angeles. The Galaxy scored five first half goals and never looked back. Dallas now have to win at home to force the series to three games.

In the starting lineup....
Dwight Yorke and Manchester United take on Southampton. Shaka Hislop and West Ham face Blackburn Rovers. Hislop is coming off a 1-0 win over Southampton.

In Scotland, Tony Rougier and Hibernian play Airdrie. Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers face Clydebank.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Amadorra face Campomaiorense. In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich face Servette FC.

Finally just a little house keeping. Alvin Corneal is back this month. Also, Shaun Fuentes of the Trinidad Guardain reports on the latest Secondary School action.