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Central FC take on LA Galaxy

Reigning T&T Pro League And Caribbean Football Union club champs, Central FC, will make their debut in the 2015/2016 CONCACAF Champions League against US Major League Soccer Cup Champions LA Galaxy, tonight from ten o'clock in California.
 
Under new coach Ross Russell, the Central Sharks will be up against it, as they tackle the premier franchise in MLS.
 
The Galaxy outfit that recently added former England and Liverpool standout Steven Gerrard, re-signed former Jamaican national goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
 
Only this past week, the LA Galaxy unveiled the energetic Giovanni Dos Santos of Mexico.
 
By contrast the Central Sharks added former T&T striker Kerry Baptiste of San Juan Jabloteh and the Pt Fortin Civic Pair of Marcus Joseph and Andre Etienne, to bolster an already potent squad. 

Daniel Cyrus off to Chicago Fire

DirecTV W Connection central defender Daniel Cyrus will be departing the shores of Trinidad and Tobago soon to take up a loan deal with Major League Soccer Team Chicago Fire.
 
Cyrus, who represented Trinidad and Tobago with distinction at the just concluded Concacaf Gold Cup, will appear alongside former W/Connection teammate Joevin Jones, who was transferred to Chicago Fire earlier this year. 
 
Jones, who was also called up to national duty for the gold cup had one of his best performances in the national set up to date with his first national senior team goal and was named in the all-tournament team..
 
With over 40 national caps, Cyrus, the 24 year old Tobagonian has also represented Trinidad and Tobago, at the U17 and U20 youth world cup tournaments. 
 
Cyrus will be on loan till December 31st 2015, with the option of a permanent deal should he distinguish himself in the MLS, where he previously played with Sporting Kansas. 
 
He recently returned from loan to Hanoi TT of the Vietnam V-league where he also played alongside former Connection Teammate Hughtun Hector.
The Jamaica Reggae Boyz have edged past Trinidad and Tobago for top spot in the Caribbean in the latest FIFA rankings unveiled earlier on Thursday.
 
The Reggae Boyz, who were losing finalists in the just concluded Concacaf Gold Cup, jumped a stunning 21 places up to number 55th in the world, up from 76th position prior to the gold cup, and now third in Concacaf.
 
They edged ahead of T&T, as the soca warriors also moved up eight places from 64th to 56th, and fourth in Concacaf. 
 
The Warriors also reached the quarter-finals of the Gold Cup before losing to Panama on penalties.
 
The Panamanians dropped three places to 65th, to be fifth in Concacaf, behind T&T and Jamaica, who also trail the USA who climbed five places to 29th, while the Mexicans also jumped 14 places up to 26th in the world, the highest ranking Concacaf outfit.
 
Argentina remained number one in the world, while Belgium rose one spot to second in the world, switching places with Germany who dropped to third. 
Colombia remained in fourth but Brazil rose one spot to fifth, a place vacated by the Netherlands who dropped out of the top ten, moving down seven places to number 12.

National Futsal Final on Friday

The curtain comes down on the National Futsal League on Friday evening with the final set of matches taking place at the Chaguanas Indoor Facility from 7pm.

Over the past several weeks, the league has been ongoing with a series of exciting encounters which has led to the final which will see current league leaders Tigers taking on second placed Jaguars from 10pm.

There will be five matches on the cards with the opening game taking place between Lions and Bears, the 9th and 10th placed teams on the current league table.

There have been several outstanding performances during each week of matches and the respective “MVPs” of each week are listed below.

The league, which is sponsored by Petrotrin is being overseen by Clayton Morris and Merere Gonzalves with the focus on selecting the best Futsal players in the country to form the national team to contest the Caribbean leg of World Cup qualification.

The 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup will be held in Colombia  from September 10th, 2016.

 

Tournament Weekly MVPS.

 

Ishmael Daniel of Jaguars Four (3).

Noel Williams of Tigers Three (3).

Anthony Thompson of Cougars Two (2).

Rushawn Murphy of Panthers Two (2).

Colin Joseph, Dwayne Calliste and Jerwyn Balthazar of Sharks One (1).

Kerry Joseph, Ako James of Tigers One (1).

Kairon Joseph, Denzil Marcano of Hawks One (1).

Jameel Neptune, Lorne Joseph of Dolphins One (1).

Roger Romain, John Belgrave and Tevyn Gill of Eagles One (1).

Josiah Austin of Cougars One (1).

Christopher Young of Jaguars One (1).

Shad Gobinsingh of Lions One (1).

Women's Premier League a success

The inaugural Women’s Premier League could be summed up in one word- extraordinary! Female football talent from throughout Trinidad and Tobago and the Americas participated in the first time league, playing in front of appreciative audiences in Sangre Grande; Palo Seco; Diego Martin; St. Joseph and Tacarigua. The final bout in the highly competitive league took place Friday July 30 at the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service Barracks in St. James. 
 
In attendance were Minister of Sport, Senator the Honourable Brent Sancho, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Gillian Macintyre, Andrew Lewis, National Sailing Athlete, Dwayne Bravo, Red Steel Captain, National Youth Cyclist, Kollyn St. George, National Cyclist, Njisane Philip and National Athlete, Jehue Gordon.
 
The final matchups saw Chancellor Angels playing against SCG Dragons and Wave FC versus Boom Champions Fuego. It was an intense night of football with great skill, passion and determination being shown by every player taking the field.
 
In the end Boom Champions Fuego emerged the overall winners at the top of the charts with Chancellor Angels in second and Shanghai Construction Group Dragons finishing in third place. 
 
Throughout the tournament, the Digicel Brand Ambassadors were on hand distributing the popular branded caps with bottle openers; Lunch bags and Folding Stools. Lucky patrons also tested their skills in the ‘Kick for Cash’ halftime show with the winners walking away with a handset. 

T&T 32-73 Australia

Trinidad and Tobago's netballers lost 73-32 at the hands of hosts Australia this morning in the Netball World Cup.
 
T&T goal shoot Samantha Wallace hit 11 of 14 shots, while goal attack Kalifa McCollin had 10 points from 11 attempts.
 
However, Aussie goal shoot scored 26 points to turn aside the Calypso Girls, who face New Zealand on Saturday.

Gold for Lalonde Gordon

This country's athletes continued to shine at the NACAC Games currently taking place in Costa Rica.
 
Olympic 400 metre bronze medalist Lalonde Gordon continued his good form of late by taking gold in the event, his time was 44.89 seconds.
 
Mikel Thomas followed up his Pan Am games silver by going one better and taking gold in the NACAC championships winning the 110M hurdles event in 13.23 seconds.
 
Also amongst the medals was sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye who won bronze in the women's 100 meters in 11.22 seconds.

LA Galaxy 5-1 Central FC

Central FC opened their maiden CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a 5-1 defeat at the hands of MLS Champions LA Galaxy on Thursday at the StubHub Center.
 
Atualla Guerra's penalty equalized for Central in the early going but it was one way traffic after that as five players scored for the host in Group D encounter, including Mexico international Giovani dos Santos in his club debut.  
 
Alan Gordon, Raul Mendiola, Gyasi Zardes and Ignacio Maganto also found the back of the net.

T&T 55-39 Barbados

Trinidad and Tobago's netballers won their first match of the netball world cup with a 55-39 victory over Caribbean neighbors Barbados.
 
Captain Joelissa Cooper and Samantha Wallace led the way for the Calypso Girls in their victory.
 
The Bajans started the better of the two teams in the battle of the Caribbean nations.
 
But the experienced T&T skipper Joelissa Cooper was having none of it and kept the calypso girls in the match.
 
Along with Samantha Wallace who has been one of the stars for team T&T despite the earlier results put to bed any hope of a Bajan victory, Wallace had 37 points from 42 attempts in the game.
 
The Bajans however did not make it easy for the Calypso Girls.
 
However, Cooper once again used her experience and the Calypso Girls were on song against their Caribbean neighbors.
 
While the rhythm of the ball movement from the Calypso Girls proved to be just too much for their opponents.
 
As they went on to win by a final of 55 to 39 points a 16-point victory to finish third in Pool A.
 
Meanwhile, there was an upset in Pool A as world number one and hosts Australia went down by 47-52 to world number two and neighbors New Zealand.
Fidel Edward's nine-wicket haul ensured that Hampshire's survival fight was given a boost as they sealed a 216-run win over second-placed Warwickshire, whose own title ambitions took a setback.
 
The Bears resumed on 161-6 at the Ageas Bowl - still 283 runs off their target of 444 - and lost Rikki Clarke (55) to Jackson Bird's fourth ball of the day.
 
Edwards (4-55) took two more wickets to end with match figures of 9-87 as the visitors were out for 227.
 
Hampshire move up to eighth while the Bears are 50 points behind Yorkshire.
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