Latapy Out Of Portugal

Marc Purcell
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Russell Latapy is not going back to Boavista. This was confirmed by his manager in Trinidad who stated that Boavista had lost the right to retain the services of the former national captain. The teams were not disclosed but according to his manager Latapy will be playing in European competition next season. They are expected to be announced later this week. Russell is returning to Portugal today after concluding his Mastercard duties at the World Cup.

Speculation is that he may move to an English club, however clubs from France, Portugal and Spain have shown interest in him. One English club said to be in the running is Leeds United. Russell will move on a free transfer with a asking fee in the region of £6,000,000.

National team in need of financial help.

National team manager Richard Braithwaite is asking financial assistance for the national teams. Braithwaite made his request for corporate sponsors in a Trinidad Express interview last week.

"We have four major tournaments coming up and that is a very expensive venture. Unfortunately, the corporate bodies just haven't been giving us the kind of support we expected." Braithwaite stated that after making a call for sponsors several months ago only two have answered the call. Carib breweries have made there facilities available at Champ Fleurs as well as providing refreshments at the daily training sessions. Petrotrin is providing transportation for south based players as well as facilities for a live-in camps for the team. He also said that FIFA vice president Jack Warner has donated money towards a Under-20 tour of England.

He continued by stating that the three cannot support the national team alone. "The youth teams in particular are where our future lies. These are going to be the players for the 2002 World Cup and you can't start supporting that effort in 2001, you have to start now."

Due to lack of funds preparation for the Shell/Umbro tournament had to be scaled back. They have been unable to call upon any foreign based players and it seems unlikely that those players will be called up unless sponsors could be found.

Under 20s suffer tough loss.

The national under 20 team suffered a 4-1 beating at the hands of there fellow counterparts of the USA. Playing on a sloppy field at the Centre of Excellence T&T opened the score on a strike by Brent Sancho of St. John's University in the 63rd minute. However the US came storming back with four goals inside of eleven minutes. As usual poor defense proved to be the down fall for T&T. The two teams were scheduled to meet on Sunday. The national youth team will then travel to England for a tour on Monday.

The national youth team is preparing for two tournaments. They are schedule to play in the CAC qualifiers and the World Youth championship CONCACAF qualifiers next month.

Trinidad & Tobago -- Gotter, Thomas, McDonald, Sancho, Jemmott, Gordon, Peters, McFarlene, Pierre, Fitzpatrick, Toussaint.

John scores again.

Stern John made his case for rookie of the year again on Friday when he scored his tenth goal of the season for Columbus. John's score was the opening goal in a 3-0 win over Chicago. John has scored ten goals in fourteen appearances. Only El Salvador's Raul Diaz Arce at one goal every 1.3 games and US international Cobi Jones at one goal every 1.1 games have a better scoring clip than John. The win help propel Columbus to 9-8 for the season.

In other MLS action, Mickey Trotman, Brian Haynes and Dallas lost to Kansas City 2-0.

David Nahkid may only be marking time at New England since transfer rumors have him headed to Tottenham in England. He and New England lost to Colorado 2-1.

In the A-league, after starting for the A-League all stars last week Gary Glasgow came out firing on all cylinders on Saturday. He scored two goals in his first game back in a New Orlean's uniform. Also having a good game was Lester Felician who recorded three assist in the 4-0 beating of California. It was Glasgow's ninth and tenth goals of the season. New Orleans was coming off a 3-2 come from behind win over Barry Swift and the US Pro-40 team.

Barry and his team lost again 3-2 this time to Jacksonville.

Terry St. Louis and Toronto defeated Shawn Boney and Connecticut 1-0. Connecticut then went on to lose to Atlanta 2-1.

Craig Demmin and Rochester defeated Atlanta 4-0.

Finally, Marvin Raeburn and Raleigh continue there slide. They lost there 11th game in a row by dropping a 2-0 decision to Richmond.