National team captain David Nakhid has finally signed with the New England Revolution. This comes as no surprise as Nakhid impressed the club management with his play in the last two weeks. He played well as a defensive midfielder and help set up two goals for the Revolution during pre season play. The 33 year old has played with professional teams in Belgium and Switzerland. Nakhid was supposed to go to Qatar but chose to go after new deals in the U.S. Nakhid joins fellow compatriot Evans Wise at the Boston based club.
Stern John's signing with the Columbus Crew was never in question. Even though PSV Edinhoven was interested in him, John's dream of playing on the USA was realized when he signed on the dotted line late last week. John scored Columbus' only goals in pre season action last month. The Crew was looking for someone to partner U.S national striker Brian McBride up front. John fit that position perfectly.
With Nakhid and John joining there clubs they become the fourth and fifth Trinidad and Tobago players in the MLS. With the exception of US players, of the current crop of Concacaf players playing in the MLS, T&T players make up 31 percent.
Marcelle and Barnsley off the bottom.
Clint Marcelle has finally made it off the bottom of the English Premier league table. They did so with a 2-1 win over Wimbleton on Saturday. Barnsley were building on there F.A Cup win over Manchester United earlier in the week. By all accounts Marcelle had a great game. Barnsley were on the attack from the opening whistle. Rapid passing between Marcelle and teammate Nicky Eaden ripped apart the Wimbleton defense and a sharp past to Norwegian Fjortoft opened the scoring for the Oakwell boys. Marcelle had a foot in the second goal when he he provided pressure on the Wimbleton goalie, who lost possession and provided a easy tap in for Fjortoft's second goal of the day. The win moves Barnsley off the bottom of the table but still keeps them in the relegation zone. Two more wins and some draws will have them out of danger.
Yorke gets his first start after injury.
Dwight Yorke got the message from his new manager. "Stop whining or else!" was the threat from Gregory Taylor late last week. Having that in mind Yorke was activated from the injury list on Saturday. Aston Villa completed there second win in the last seven games with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Yorke must have been happy with the new 3-5-3 formation as he played his heart out. Yorke provided the equalizer when his shot deflected off a Liverpool defender to Stan Collymore who shot just inside the post. The go ahead goal was scored when Yorke sent Ian Taylor through whose shot rebounded off the upright straight to Collymore who banged the ball into an open net. Yorke had a chance to score when a mistake by a defender let Yorke run onto a ball but American goalie Brad Friedel (former teammate of Ansil Elcock at Columbus) made a save with his legs. The win keeps Villa out of relegation danger.
Misery continues for Rougier
Wanted, one football fan to put a Scottish team out of misery. Must have own ammunition. Anthony Rougier and Hibernian continue to suffer, They lost 0-1 to Celtic, a team that Rougier had a chance to playing for. The lost keeps Hibernian at the bottom of the Scottish premier league table. Hibs had there moments in the game but found it hard to break down the Celtic defense. Hibernian will just continue to play out the rest of the season.
In the shooting range...
If there is anyone that need a good bush bath to get rid of bad luck it has to be Marvin Andrews. His long awaited start was postponed when the ground he was supposed to be playing on was deemed unsafe. The game will be made up in the near future. This is just a string of incidents that has plagued Andrews since signing with the Fife based club. Over in Portugal, Leonson Lewis suffered an injury after 39 minutes in Chaves' game with Guimaras. That must have come at a fortunate time because Chaves lost big time 1-5.