Trinidad and Tobago remained in the same spot in the latest Fifa world rankings. They are still ranked 51st in the world nestled nicely between the Irish Republic (50th) and Greece (52nd). Trinidad and Tobago are still ranked second in the Caribbean and fifth in Concacaf behind Mexico (4th), USA (16th), Jamaica (33rd) and Costa Rica (49th).
Yorke and Villa out of UEFA Cup.
Despite wining there return encounter with Athletico Madrid 2-1, Dwight Yorke and Aston Villa were still bounced out of the UEFA cup. Villa and Madrid were tied 2-2 on aggregate after Madrid won the first leg 1-0 a few weeks back. However, Madrid advanced on the aways goal rule. Yorke hit a shot that the Madrid goal keeper did well parry away. He then headed the ball from an Ian Taylor cross onto the cross bar. This leaves T&T with no players in European competition next year.
Thomas puts Zodiac on hold.
Sheldon Thomas has told the Orange County Zodiac management to hold onto to his spot. Thomas the 18th pick in the first round of the A-league draft this year, wants to pursue other options. Speculation is that he may be trying out with a MLS club and could be picked up as a discovery player. This is the same rule that Mickey Trotman was signed under last week with the Dallas Burn. Thomas was a All-American at Call-State Fullerton and a former St. Benedict College standout.
In the shooting range...
Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers did a number on Hamilton on Tuesday night. They defeated them 4-1 to move into second place in the Scottish First division. On Monday, I reported that by moving into second place they will have a promotion spot. However a Scottish friend of mine reminded me that under new league rules only one team will be promoted. Raith sits ten points behind Dundee and need some help from other teams to advance. Clayton Ince is playing a waiting game at Wrexham. He is waiting for the club to transfer either one of two international players which would free up space for the club to sign the young goalie. Across the Atlantic Stern John is expected to join the Columbus Crew today after spending a couple weeks in T&T. He may not start the Crew's first game scheduled for Saturday.
In the starting lineup...
Both Dwight Yorke and Clint Marcelle have this weekend off. In Scotland, Anthony Rougier and Hibernian face fellow relegation bound club Motherwell in a fight to stay up in the Scottish Premier division. Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers face Ayr United in the fight for promotion. Across in the USA, the third season of the MLS kicks into high gear. Stern John and Ansil Elcock begin play with the Columbus Crew when they travel to Tampa Bay. Mickey Trotman and Brian Haynes will be looking to start in Dallas' game with Colorado.