Warner Pulls Plug On El Salvador Game

Marc Purcell
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Here we go again at the mercy of Jack Warner. The Fifa vice-president has pulled the plug on on Trinidad and Tobago's game with El Salvador in Miami on September 8th.

Warner stating that the response of the foreign based professionals to the game was poor and that he rather pull the plug than embarrass the sponsors of TT2002 with T&T's poor showing.

Instead the "dream team" will play Colombia alone on September 5th at the Orange Bowl.

There is also some doubt on the which teams T&T will play on the South American tour in November. It has been confirmed that T&T will play Paraguay on November 10th. However, games versus Chile and Uruguay are in doubt. T&T will have to pick two games from either Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile and Uruguay. The dream team will not be available for the South American tour.

Today national team manager Richard Braithwaite stated that Warner had overstated the matter regarding the pros. He stated that he had received a verbal commitments on the player's availability for the second game with El Salvador. However, the clubs were unwilling to release there players for that game. He said that Warner wanted to put on a good show for the sponsors of the national team.

The 18-man squad for the match against Colombia: Dwight Yorke (Manchester United), Russell Latapy (Hibernian), Marvin Andrews (Raith Rovers), Anthony Rougier (Port Vale), Craig Demmin (Rochester Rhinos), Avery John (Bull Dogs), Jerren Nixon (FC Zurich), Mickey Trotman (LeHigh Valley), Shaka Hislop (West Ham United), Stern John, Ansil Elcock (Columbus Crew) Clayton Ince (Defence Force), Shurland David (CL Financial Jabloteh), Derek King, Lyndon Andrews (W Connection), Arnold Dwarika , Stokely Mason, Angus Eve (Joe Public).

John scores three more.

Stern John has done it again. Last weekend John scored his second hat trick of the season to push him into a first place tie for the league's leading scorer. He has 16 goals from 21 games with the Crew.

The three goals by John helped the Crew to a 4-2 win over the NY/NJ Metrostars. However, John and his team mates found it tough going versus Tampa Bay on the weekend. They lost 2-1 in a shoot-out after the game ended in a 1-1 tie after regulation time.

There is once again interest in Stern John. This time from Nottingham Forrest.