Talk about moving up in value. Former national captain Russell Latapy has moved up in value according to the Trinidad Guardian. In order for any club to have him on there team they must shell out £7,000.000 for a transfer from his current club Boavista. Several European clubs have come knocking on the door of Russell. According to the report, Arsenal and Leeds United in England have shown interest in him. Last month Russell Latapy was in England to discuss a possible move to Leeds. In addition to English clubs, Nantes and Monoco in France and Benfica in Portugal have expressed interest. Two Brazilian clubs have also shown interest in him as well. Palmeiras is rumoured to be one of the clubs. Last season Aston Villa tried to acquire Russell for £6,000,000. However, Boavista turned down the deal and decided to keep him for one more year. Despite the price for Latapy he is still number two in value behind Dwight Yorke. Yorke's value is rated at £10,000,000.
The goals come flying in...
With the USISL season in it's third week the goals have started to pour in. The Jackson Chargers, which is in the Premier League in the US, is populated mainly with Trinidad and Tobago players. The Premier League's vision is to allow college players a chance to play semi-pro football while still keeping there status as students and thus being eligible for the MLS and A-League draft. The Charger's have under 23 goalie David Austin, Jerremy Shortt, Rigobelto Cedeno, Cecil Hinds and Carlos McGregor at there disposal. Despite a 3-1 opening lost they bounced back to 8-0 and 5-0 wins. In the 8-0 thrashing of Shereport, Jeremy Shortt scored the first hat-trick of the league this season prompting the league to name him player of the week. Sheldon Bennet scored two goals. The game most was a one sided affair, prompting the owner to ask: "I really pay these guys to play?" (Special thanks to David Austin)
In the starting lineup...
Stern John and Ansil Elcock and the Columbus Crew go into action tonight versus Tampa Bay. You can hear all the action by going to The MLS Brodcast Network at 7:30pm. David Nahkid is probable for New England's game in San Jose, Evans Wise is expected to start.
Over in England, Dwight Yorke and Aston Villa will be looking to get there UEFA cup hopes back on track when they play Sheffield Wednesday. Clint Marcelle and Barnsley are just playing out there season and this may be the weekend when they get officially relegated. They face Leicester City on the road.
Over in Scotland, Anthony Rougier and Hibernian face Dundee United. Marvin Andrews is probable with an abdominal strain. Raith take on Airdire. In Portugal, Russell Latapy and Boavista face E.Amadora in a attempt to gain a UEFA cup place next year. Leonson Lewis and Chaves face Campomaiorense at home.