Rougier Named Captain

Marc Purcell
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Tony Rougier has been named national team captain. Late last week it seemed that there was no one to take over the job. Former captain Russell Latapy made himself unavailable for the tournament and David Nahkid no longer plays international football. That left T&T with a captaincy void. It was left to the team management to place the captain's arm band around Rougier's arm.

Six foreign based players will represent Trinidad and Tobago. They include, Tony Rougier (Port Vale), Marvin Andrews (Raith Rovers), Stern John and Ansil Elcock (Columbus Crew), Mickey Trotman (Miami Fusion) and Peter Prosper (Al Ansar).

The tournament winner will automatically qualify for the Gold Cup next year. If Jamaica wins again and a team other than Trinidad is runner up, then Jamaica would be joined in the Gold Cup finals by the runner up with the best record; the second best runner up going into the playoff pool along with the third placed team with the best record.

If Trinidad is the winner and Jamaica the runner up, then the two best third placed teams would enter the Gold Cup and the runners up, or third-placed team(s) with the best record, depending on who finishes second this year, would go to the playoffs.

Canada and El Salvador (as the fourth placed team in the 1999 UNCAF Nations' Cup tournament), have already secured a spot in the playoff group.

Jamaica will enter the tournament as favorites. They are coming off a European tour to England, Sweden and Norway. Trinidad for there part are trying to find a international opponent before the tournament starts on Thursday.

Yorke and Man U reach the top.

What a season for Dwight Yorke and Manchester United. Last Saturday they defeated Newcastle United in the FA Cup final 2-1. Then on Wednesday they completed the impossible.

With seconds into extra time in the European Cup final and Manchester United down 1-0, Terry Sheringham sent a shot past the Bayern Munich goalie to tie the game 1-1. Then less than a minute later Man U went ahead for good with a rocket by Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The win vaulted the team to second in the European rankings right behind Munich. Yorke's next engagement will be with the World XI team.

In the shooting range...

The Pan Am games schedule has been announced. This year's games will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Stern John scored in the shoot-out period to push Columbus to a 2-1 win over Los Angeles. Mickey Trotman and Miami defeated Tampa Bay 2-1.