T&T Get Easy Walk Into Semi-Finals

Author: 
Marc Purcell
Date Published: 
1999-12-13
Source: 
TTFOL

Talk about a easy time for the national team. Trinidad and Tobago will face the Netherlands Antilles in March to start there World Cup campaign. The home and away series will begin in March. Should (hold your laughter please) T&T advance they will face the winner of the Dominican Republic/Montseratt series.

The winner will move into the semi-final stages where they will face either Jamaica, Costa Rica, the United States or Mexico. Those teams received byes due to there World Cup qualifications.

One important stat to keep in mind is that in order for T&T to qualify for the World Cup, they will have to play a total of 26 games in 17 months. This does not include the international friendlies that they are scheduled to play as warm up matches.

Marcelle's goal voted best ever

CLINT Marcelle's goal at the end of the 1996/97 English First Division season was recently voted the best in the club's history by fans. The goal took Barnsley into the English Premiership the following year.

However, career problems have resurfaced for the speedy midfielder. Following almost two seasons of distress at Barnsley when he struggled to win a spot in their side, 34-year-old Marcelle finally appeared to get his career back on track with Second Division side Scunthorpe United. But now the club is continuing to delay transfer talks, leaving Marcelle a bit frustrated.

Marcelle, who lined up for T&T in their 3-2 loss to Honduras last month, said he was happy to begin playing again.

"I enjoyed it there, it was great to play first team football and get myself back playing again, and enjoying the game."

The former Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive player said he felt honored that his goal against Bradford City in April of '97 was voted the best in the team's history by fans who had responded to a monthly football magazine poll.

"That goal will be in the back of my memory for ever and I will take it to the grave with me. It was a great day, not only for me but for the fans as well," said Marcelle.

Rahim And Lewis Out Of NCAA Tournament

Two of Trinidad and Tobago's best prospects in the US, suffered a major disappointment on Saturday afternoon. After a marathon session which included three overtime periods both Brent Rahmin and Darren Lewis watched as Shawn Percell of Santa Clara scored the game-winning goal four minutes into the fourth sudden death overtime.

That goal lifted the Santa Clara University Broncos to a 2-1 victory over the Connecticut men's soccer team in the NCAA Division I College Cup National Semifinals.

UConn had most of the possession and the run of play in the first half. However, a swift counter attack put Santa Clara on top in the 20th minute.

Connecticut tied the score in the 12th minute in the second half when junior Brent Rahim back passed the ball to junior forward Darin Lewis who netted his 11th goal of the season with a blast into the upper right corner of the net from 25 yards out.

At the end of regular time the two evenly matched teams moved into a series of four 15 minute sudden death overtime periods where they eventually lost.

Football is not over for the two. Both players are expected to be in T&T for Christmas and expected to train with Bertile St. Clair. (Special thanks to Agnieszka Sankiewicz for making this possible, I hope you enjoy Trinidad ;-))