A youthful Trinidad and Tobago fell to Mexican club champions Guadalajara on Friday night 0-1. Bertile St. Clair called up 19 players of which 14 had no international experience. Trinidad and Tobago dominated the game but fell to a 81st minute goal keeper blunder.
After throwing away two good chances, the Mexicans swooped down via a counter attack. Ignacio Vázquez received a long past from another team mate and headed straight towards the goal. However, Micheal McComie immediately came off his line to challenge the striker who chipped the ball over his head into an open net.
T&T for there part should have won the game by a healthy margin. In the 77th minute Anton Brown fired a shot just inches over the crossbar after some bad defensive work by the Mexican defenders. Irasta Knights fired a left footed shot that was wide of the mark in the 73rd minute.
St. Clair's inclusion of 14 uncapped players including several under 23 players is in keeping with his philosophy of rebuilding. This year is going to be a very good year for St. Clair in evaluating young talent. He has the CAC Under 21 tournament in a couple of months. He also has the Under 20 qualifying tournament later this year. It is St. Clair's wish to merge the existing professionals together with the skillful young players into a force to reckon with.
Buck Eye State scoring
Someone is planing to call the Ohio State troopers on five T&T citizens after this weekend. The performance of Stern John and Ansil Elcock in Columbus and Gary Glasgow, Lester Felician and Glenn Benjamin in Cincinnati is probably the best performance by a group of T&T players in recent memory.
In Columbus, Stern John broke out of his scoring slump in a big way. He pumped in a hat trick on Saturday night for Columbus versus Miami. Columbus beat Miami 5-1 to maintain there lead in the MLS East. John scored the first goal in the 48th minute on a corner kick from cousin and fellow T&T international Ansil Elcock. John headed the ball towards the net only to have it slapped away. John is not known for his patience to let a ball past by and promptly banged home the rebound. The second goal came on from a team mate who threaded the ball nicely through two defenders to John who knocked it past the Miami goal keeper. John completed his hatrick when a Miami defender attempted to clear a ball out of the area. His shot hit John's leg and bounced to US national Thomas Doley who promptly laid it back to John who put it away. John's performance made him the MLS Player of the week. Elcock also had a good game by providing three scoring assist.
"Down de road" from Columbus in Cincinnati they were talking about another T&T trio. Gary Glasgow scored two goals and Lester Felician another in New Orlean's 3-1 win over the Riverhawks in A-League action. Glasgow scored in the 13th minute when he received a past from fellow T&T national Glenn Benjamin and dribbled past the defenders to put in a hook shot past the goalie. Glasgow found himself unmarked and on a receiving past from a team mate. He buried the shot past the goalie for his second goal of the game. Less than one minute later Lester Felcian scored on a Glenn Benjamin assist. New Orleans improve to 2-1 on the season.
New England gathers first point.
David Nahkid and Evans Wise both had good games on Saturday when the New England Revolution faced MLS champs DC United. Nahkid showed why he is one of the best players in T&T. Nahkid's main job was the marking of Bolivian international Marco Etcheverry. He did an effective job not only marking the Bolivian but in making crisp passes to other teammate's for scoring chances. A friend of mine told me in December that while training with the national team he could see why Nahkid is such a good player. Nahkid he said, will never be a Maradona, but he will provide you with the perfect past time and time again exactly in the spot you need it.
Sadly for Nahkid he suffered a knock near the end of the first half and was subbed early in the second half. That left New England without there main midfield threat. The slack was picked up by Evans Wise.
However, Wise is no Nahkid. Despite making good runs on the wings, his final crosses into the penalty area were usually ineffective. He did provide a cross in the first half deep into the penalty box that eventually provided New England with the game tying score. Wise used most of his speed to get past DC defenders but his final touch just lacked what was required to make a true difference. It was like watching Machel Montano and Xtatic on TV with the volume off, lots of excitement but nothing to move you. New England won the game 2-1 on a shoot out after remaining tied 1-1 at the end of regulation time. That gave New England there first points of the season.
Yorke puts away another.
Dwight Yorke continued his good run of form of late for Aston Villa. He scored his 14th goal of the season in a 2-1 win over Southampton. Yorke's goal came from a cross from Ian Wright and knocked home the go ahead goal for Villa. Yorke had a chance to add to his total less than one minute later when he struck the up right. Yorke put away another near the end of the game but was judged to have fouled the goal keeper first. The win for Villa keeps them in eighth spot with 51 points, just outside of a European place.
Marcelle and Barnsley done.
Stick a fork in Barnsley they are done. It seems more than likely that they will be playing in the English First division next season. They tied Tottenham 1-1 with Clint Marcelle coming on in the 88th minute. With three games left versus league leaders Arsenal on Saturday and Lecester City and Manchester United in the following weeks the idea of playing in the Premiership next season is fastly becoming an illusion. As for Marcelle, those French clubs may be looking really good right now.
Lewis finally finds the net.
While the focus in Portugal has been on Russell Latapy, Leonson Lewis stole the limelight on Sunday. He opened the scoring in the 67th minute for Chaves in there game with E. Amadora. Chaves won there game 2-0, but they still remain in a position to be relegated at the end of the season. Russell Latapy came on in the final minute with Boavista's game with Varim. They won the encounter 2-0 to keep them in the hunt for a European place next year.
In the shooting range....
A last minute goal saved Tony Rougier and Hibernian from relegation for another week. They tied Dufermline 1-1 with Rougier once again causing problems....Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich kept pace with a European place when they defeated Aarau 2-1. Finally, Alvin Corneal and the Raleigh Flyers lost there second game of the season when they went down in a 2-1 shoot out to Richmond in A-League action.