Trinidad and Tobago has broken into the top fifty in the latest FIFA rankings. They are currently ranked 49th in the World between Cameroon (48th) and Costa Rica (50th). They moved up two places since the ranking last month. T&T are still benefiting from the Gold Cup and some shaking up in the higher teams. Trinidad and Tobago is ranked fourth in CONCACAF behind Mexico (4th), the United States (15th) and Jamaica (31st) all World Cup qualifiers.
T&T to play Saudi Arabia
Trinidad and Tobago will be play World Cup qualifier's Saudi Arabia in a international friendly. That was the announcement made by the TTFA earlier this week. They will play the Middle East's top team on May 8th in Nice. Several European professionals have been called up to the national squad. They include, Dwight Yorke (Aston Villa), Clint Marcelle (Barnsley), Tony Rougier (Hibernian), Marvin Andrews (Raith Rovers), Jerren Nixon (FC Zurich) and Clayton Ince (Wrexham). Two US based players will be included. Stern John and Ansil Elcock from the Columbus Crew will be in the lineup. The rest of the players will be from the SPFL.
After the friendly, the team will go to St. Kitts and Nevis for the Bolton Wanderers tournament. None of the European players will not be included in the squad and will be replaced with a local contingent. Only Gary Glasgow from the New Orleans Storm will be in the lineup during the tournament. The friendly with Saudi Arabia will give a good look at the future T&T team. Bertile St. Clair wants to give as much international exposure to young players and incorporate them with the European players.
In the starting lineup...
Dwight Yorke and Aston Villa continue there quest for a UEFA cup place this weekend when they face relegation bound Bolton Wanderers. Clint Marcelle and Barnsley will try to revive any hopes of playing in the Premier league next season when they face league leaders Arsenal. If Barnsley looses they will be done for good. You can hear all the English action by going to the Stadium at 9:30am on Saturday morning. Over in Scotland, Tony Rougier and Hibernian face Celtic in there "do or die" weekend to stay up in the Scottish top flight. Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers face Stirling Albion. Over in Portugal, Leonson Lewis is looking to add to his goal scoring total when Chaves faces Leca. Russell Latapy faces his old team in FC Porto.
Across the Atlantic, Stern John is coming off his three goal performance last weekend. John and his cousin Elcock travel to Washington, D.C to take on MLS champs DC United in MLS action. Viewers in the US can see the game on any Univision station in your local area at 3pm EST. You can see the game live here on the internet. This is a first for TTFOL. KMEX in Los Angeles will be carrying the game on their network and streaming it live over the internet. The game will be in Spanish, so it may be difficult for those of you like me who flunked out of Form Three Spanish to follow along. However, as my friend Gary says, football is football in any language. Also it may be choppy and prone to breakdowns, it depends on your system and how busy the net is at that time. After all that you can go to Stadium at 3pm EST on Sunday. I have also included the Telemundo television station for more coverage later on in the year.
In other MLS action, David Nahkid and Evans Wise will be looking for more points when they face Miami. Finally, Brian Haynes and Mickey Trotman will be looking for more playing time when Dallas face Kansas City.