A young Trinidad and Tobago will travel to France for the first and only time this year to face Saudi Arabia on Saturday. Trinidad and Tobago will be without key members in Russell Latapy, David Nahkid and Dwight Yorke. The team does include several foreign based players in Clint Marcelle (Barnsley), Jerren Nixon (FC Zurich), Clayton Ince (Reading?), Marvin Andrews (Raith Rovers), Tony Rougier (Hibernian), Ansil Elcock and Stern John (Columbus Crew).
The T&T team: Clayton Ince (Wrexham, England), Michael McCommie, Shurland David,
Stokely Mason, Lyndon Andrews (Joe Public), Sherwyn Julien (United Petrotrin), Keyeno Thomas (Pt Fortin CC), Marvin Andrews (Raith Rovers, Scotland), Ansil Elcock, Stern John (Columbus Crew, USA), Kerwyn Jemmott (Queen's Park), Anthony Rogier (Hibernian, Scotland), Clint Marcelle (Barnsley, England), Jerren Nixon (FC Zurich, Switzerland), Marvin Gordon, Dale Saunders (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Rodney Dennis, Irasto Knights (Courts Caledonia AIA).
The young squad is part of Bertile St. Clair's plan of exposing young local players to international games to gain experience. To many T&T football fans it was about time T&T played harder competition than Caribbean teams. This year T&T have played the Central American big five in Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. There record has been less than impressive. They have won only one game, versus Honduras in the Gold Cup. However, the loses to Costa Rica, Guatemala and El Salvador cannot be judged as fair. After the arrival in the country, T&T would play a local club team the night before, have a hard practice in the morning and the full international at night.
Saudi Arabia bring a lot to the table. They are a skillful team and making there second ever appearance in the World Cup. In there last appearance in USA 94, they moved on to the second round of the tournament. They are coming off a 0-0 tie with Jamaica on Monday in a game they dominated. The Saudi's are not a easy squad to beat. They are a little suspect in the back but are pretty good in the midfield. A win or a good showing by T&T will do well for team morale.
MLS snubs Stern John
The MLS may regret this decision. Strange but true, Stern John is not among those listed for the MLS All Star game in July. John's name was noticeably absent from the MLS ballots designed to pick starting members of the World team. Only one T&T player has made the ballot, that being David Nahkid of New England. John is in second place on his team in scoring with four goals in seven games. You can view the MLS online ballot and place your vote for the starting lineups.
In the starting lineup....
Trinidad and Tobago face Saudi Arabia in Nice on Saturday. Dwight Yorke and Aston Villa face league champions Arsenal on Sunday. You can hear all the action my going to the stadium at 9:30 am. Over in Portugal Russell Latapy and Boavista face Leca and Leonson Lewis and Chaves face Setubal. Over in the USA David Nahkid is probable for New England's game with Tampa Bay. You can see the game via our link to KMEX by going to the stadium at 3:00pm on Sunday afternoon.