Referee Raymond Bogle was forced into the Christmas spirit early as he dished out cards left, right and centre at the Ferdie Neita Park on Wednesday night.

The Under-17 World Cup referee issued a total of seven cards, three red and four yellow and, had he not exercised a different kind of charity, could have issued another red as Portmore United and Harbour View played to a 0-0 draw in the National Premier League.

Harbour View captain Richard Edwards was ejected in the 56th minute for a foul on Tremaine Stewart, while substitutes Ricardo Morris of Portmore, who replaced Alanzo Adlam, and Romario Campbell of Harbour View got their marching orders in the 79th and 90+3 minutes, respectively, for retaliation.

Harbour View’s Nicholas Beckett and the Portmore trio of Upstan Edwards, Ewan Grandison and Eric Vernan received yellow cards.
With that result, Portmore United lost the top spot as they were edged out by Sporting Central Academy, who moved up to 18 points – the same as Portmore United, but with a better goal difference – following their 2-0 win over Boys’ Town.

Harbour View inched up a place as the point earned from the draw saw them climb to sixth with 11 points.

Disappointing play

“I am very disappointed, especially with the fact that after Harbour View went down to 10 men, we did not capitalise. Indiscipline caused us to go down to 10 men as well, but with young players, you will have that kind of thing. But we have to keep working to get things right,” Portmore United coach, Calvin Lewis, said at the end of play.

Harbour View’s assistant coach, Harold Thomas, was not happy with the fact that his team could not transfer “their control of the midfield to scoring chances”.

“There is room for improvement, especially in the finishing and the creation of goalscoring chances,” Thomas said.
“It is sad when a game such as this ends with three red cards. Apart from the players being culpable, I think it shows a loss of control on the part of the referee.”

The game that promised much due to the history of the teams and the depth of their squads did not live up to expectations and took about 20 minutes for a real pattern to develop, even though the competition was sometimes fierce. That the game would have been a physical one became evident early – in the first 11 minutes, three yellow cards were issued and just 15 minutes later, Portmore’s leading scorer Alanzo Adlam had to be substituted due to an injury.

Despite the focus on physicality, a number of opportunities were created with the better ones falling to Portmore United. In the 27th minute, Stewart, the game’s best player, got a through pass and slipped inside Christopher Harvey, but with just goalkeeper Michaud Barrett to beat, he steered his effort wide.

Thirteen minutes later, Stewart was the creator as his pass picked out Michael Spence on the edge of the 18-yard box, where he was taken out by Kemar Lawrence. The ball broke kindly for Eric Vernan, who blasted at Barrett from close range, but was unable to beat him.

Many replacements

Needing more purpose in their attack, Harbour View replaced Donovan Edwards with Kemeel Wolfe in the 48th minute, but were soon on the back foot as, eight minutes later, Edwards was ejected for his tackle on Stewart.

With the one-man disadvantage, Harbour View adopted a defensive posture and were constantly outnumbered when they managed an attack, as Fabian Taylor and Lamar Nelson were largely on their own. The visitors made a double change in the 71st minute. Taylor was replaced by Juvaune Benjamin and Nelson by Romario Campbell.

Portmore United could have found themselves down to 10 men when Vernan was not ejected for kicking Campbell in the 78th minute. Equity in numbers would be reached just a minute later when Morris slapped at Senior and was sent to the showers. Vernan was not too be outdone as, two minutes later, he picked up a yellow card for not retreating the required distance from an infringement to allow the free kick to be taken.

As the game wound down, Vernan got the chance to keep Portmore at the top of the table when he got a break on the defence and the goalkeeper, but instead of rolling the ball across the goal, he went for glory and blasted wide with his weaker left foot from an acute angle.

That was not to be the final bit of excitement in the game, as Campbell returned a slap with seconds to go and got his just due.

GlazoSmithkline through its hydration product Lucozade increased its sponsorship to Harbour View Football Club on Sunday October 23 at the match between itself and Waterhouse Football Club. The 10 percent increased sponsorship of $660,000 was presented at half time by Kenneth Dodd, country manager at the company and Flavia Case, marketing executive. Additionally there was continued commitment of 100 cases of Lucozade to the club along with Ribena for its First Kick junior programme on Saturdays.

The sponsorship presentation represents Lucozade 5th consecutive year of sponsorship which has seen an annual increase since the beginning.

At the sponsorship presentation yon Sunday, Dodd reiterated his company’s commitment for the long haul to the club saying that “it presented the perfect opportunity for GlaxoSmithkline to achieve its objective of serving its target markets through sports.” He also said that “the brand is here to stay because there is a real need for it in all sports and hence will be around for Harbour View for a long time”.

Club Chairman Carvel Stewart who accepted on behalf of Harbour was very appreciative of the sponsorship by GlaxoSmithkline. He spoke about the benefits of proper hydration and lauded getting Lucozade, a world class product for his players. He also had high praises for the Ribena for the young ballers programme at the club. Not be left out was the benefit of getting cash as well as part of the sponsorship which helped to allow the club to deal with its financial obligations while noting that the sponsorship had grown every year to date.

North America’s top professional football league is set to open its doors wider for young international talent next year, but it remains unclear if Jamaicans will be among the primary targets for welcome.

Major League Soccer (MLS) recently announced it will adjust its rule for designated players (DP). That should result in a greater influx of untested youth from countries outside the United States and Canada, where the league is played.

The rule, which becomes effective for the 2012 season, reduces the financial downside invited foreign players will have on MLS clubs who decide to sign them.

Currently, MLS clubs are each allowed three DPs. The salary paid to each, usually a high-profile but veteran player such as David Beckham or Thierry Henry, is well above that of others on the team’s roster. A DP also accounts for US$335,000 against the total amount each team is allowed to spend for players’ salaries – otherwise called the salary cap.

Therefore, DPs like Beckham and Henry are able to earn millions of dollars per year in salary, but not all of that is counted against their team’s salary cap. But the clubs still feel the hit for signing them as it limits the amount they can spend on other players.

YOUTH HOPE

According to the new rule, clubs, which before were not eager to sign untested youngsters as DPs and absorb the huge salary cap impact, will now be able to afford to take a chance on them in the hope of developing their talent. The MLS will also increase the capability of each team to scout overseas players.

According to executive vice-president Todd Durbin, MLS has decided to accommodate younger potential.

“We had two decisions to make,” said Durbin during a recent conference call. “Do we continue to operate how we have historically, or do we make changes to these rules and tear down the last barrier to entry?”

The new rule will allow designated players ages 20 and under to attract only $150,000 against an MLS team’s salary cap. Those ages 21 to 23 will cost teams $200,000 against the cap. At first glance, that could mean young local players stand to benefit.

“I think it will continue to open the possibilities for Jamaicans,” Harbour View general manager Clyde Jureidini said recently.

WHO BENEFITS?

However, the expectation is that players from South America, Central America and Mexico are likely to benefit most and immediately, despite Jamaicans’ growing reputation in MLS for producing talent.

Generally, Jamaican players do not develop as quickly as others elsewhere and Jureidini is cautious about Jamaicans’ prospects for cashing in immediately.

“Who they (MLS clubs) will select, I’m not sure,” he explained. “I don’t think the US really regards our younger players as prime targets. They’ve really gone for (Jamaican) players in their early-to-middle 20s, rather than younger players.

“In the region, USA and Mexico, in particular, are really the players who have been outstanding at the younger age group. So they probably will look at the Hispanic market and the European market.”

Jureidini believes the MLS already has access to Jamaica’s young talent through the league’s draft, which allows clubs to select players from US colleges where many Jamaicans attend on football scholarships after leaving local high schools. That way they do not have to pay much for the players’ development.

“What they have targeted the younger Jamaican players to do is get them into the collegiate system or the university system and then seep them into the (MLS) draft or into their franchises without paying for them, or paying for them at extremely low values,” said Jureidini.

CONTRIBUTORS

Currently there are several Reggae Boyz, or players who qualify to represent Jamaica, on MLS rosters. Many, including Dane Richards of New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC’s Ryan Johnson, Omar Cummings and Tyrone Marshall of Colorado Rapids, Khari Stephenson of San Jose Earthquakes, O’Brian White of Seattle Sounders, Jeff Cunningham of Columus Crew and Andy Williams of Real Salt Lake, played at US colleges.

But despite unquestioned value to their clubs and the league – Cunningham became the MLS’s all-time leading goal scorer recently – they do not command salaries near those of Beckham, Henry and other DPs.

Jureidini believes Jamaica should focus on improving its young talent and not just to fit into MLS, but more lucrative leagues elsewhere. However, he hopes a few will get a chance in MLS via the new rule.

“(The new rule) doesn’t say that they (MLS clubs) won’t get one or two (Jamaicans). But I don’t think that they (the clubs) are gonna come (to Jamaica) for (players),” said Jureidini. “There may be the odd one and I hope that there is.

“What we have to do, most importantly, is lift our standard to international standard at a younger age group and have more players at a younger age group ready for international markets.”

SLNA are Champions of the Vietnamese Premier League after Andre Fagan scores a fourth minute scorcher to lead!

Andre “Bullet” Fagan shot Song Lam Nghe Am into the lead as early as the 4th minute of play to take the championship honours, in the three jamaicans first year in the V-League.

His tenth (10th) goal of the season, the 24 year old Harbour View FC on Loan striker pushed his team ahead, even as the game ended 1-1 it meant SLNA are crowned Champions with a major contribution added with the strike force of Devon Hodges and the injured Kavin Bryan.

The 3-man attacking team, rattled up 26 goals amongst them in the League as Fagan finished with 10 goals, Hodges 9 and Kavin who led the initial onslaught with 7, but has been sidelined for the last two months with a broken bone in his leg.

Andre who scored twice, has a chance to capture a second Cup Championship title when he plays in the Final next week as Devon was late in signing hence not eligible to play and Kavin who scored three times in this competition is unavailable.

Both Fagan and Bryan already have Contract offers with other V-League for the next season.

Defending champions Harbour View and Cavalier booked their spots in the semi-finals of the Claro Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Champions’ Cup, following contrasting results in their Zone B matches at Collie Smith Drive yesterday.

In the feature match of the double-header, Harbour View, who are seeking their second consecutive hold on the trophy, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the hosts, Boys’ Town. In the opening match, Cavalier were held 1-1 by Greenwich Town.

Harbour View finished the zone atop the standings with six points, ahead of Cavalier (five) followed by Boys’ Town four and Greenwich (0).
New signing Damion Harwood scored the lone goal for the Donovan Hayles-coached Harbour View, when he headed home a corner-kick in the 84th minute past goalkeeper Kirk Port.

Hayles said he was very impressed with the performance of Hardwood, who has scored two goals in the competition so far.
“He did it on Saturday, and he came back and he did today and that is important because that is what we brought him in to do, and so far he has got two in two games and I am happy for that,” said Hayles.

“We are now in the semi-finals and we hope to just continue to work hard on improving our overall game, as we head into the Premier League,” Hayles added.

Meanwhile, in the opening game, Cavalier took the lead in the 42nd minute courtesy of an own goal. However, David Stultz found the equaliser for Greenwich when he netted in the 74th minute. Boys’ Town and Cavalier join Waterhouse and Arnett Gardens in the semi-finals which will be played on Thursday.


H’VIEW CONQUER ‘REDS’ IN CHAMPIONS CUP
Howard Walker

DEFENDING champion Harbour View scored a dramatic 1-0 win over Boys’ Town and joined Cavalier in the semi-final of the Claro Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Champions Cup yesterday.

Harbour View were minutes away from being eliminated, but new signee Damion Harwood, formerly of St George’s SC, popped up in the 86th minute to head home an Andrew Phang corner.

Harbour View finished on top in Zone B with six points, just ahead of Cavalier on five, with Boys’ Town’s Red Brigade third on four points. Greenwich Town finished bottom with one point.

On Thursday at a venue to be announced, Harbour View will play Arnett Gardens and Waterhouse will tackle Cavalier in semi-final action.

In the curtain-raiser at Collie Smith Drive, Super League champion Cavalier were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Major League champion Greenwich Town.

Cavalier took the lead courtesy of an own goal in the 42nd minute but David Stultz earned a point for Greenwich Town in the 76th minute.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

RED BRIGADES AHEAD — DESPITE 1-1 DRAW IN CLARO CUP
BY HOWARD WALKER Observer staff reporter

BOYS’ Town maintained top spot in Zone B of the Claro Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Champions Cup with a 1-1 draw with Cavalier at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium yesterday.

Both teams are on four points from two games, but Boys’ Town have a superior goal difference of plus nine compared to Cavalier’s plus three.

Richard Clarke of Boys’ Town (left) makes a clearance ahead of Cavalier’s Leslie Keyon during their Claro KSAFA Champions Cup match at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium yesterday. The game ended 1-1. (Photo: Karl McLarty)

Meanwhile, Harbour View rebounded from their 4-1 defeat to Cavalier in their opening fixture to beat Greenwich Town, 3-2.
The home team opened the scoring through Faban Taylor after 11 minutes and Damion Harwood added a second 10 minutes after the break.
Greenwich Town pulled a goal back through Ricardo Munroe a minute later, but Harbour View restored their two-goal cushion when Richard Edwards netted from the spot in the 81st minute.

Monroe made it a tense final three minutes for the hosts when he netted his second of the evening in the 87th, but Harbour View held on for the win.
Both teams saw red as Harbour View’s Jermaine Hue was ejected four minutes from the break, while Greenwich’s Joseph Archer was ejected on the bench after he was substituted.

Cavalier, who whipped Harbour View 4-1 on Wednesday, looked every bit a Premier League team and took the lead against Boys’ Town courtesy of a 70th-minute header from substitute Damion Jackson, who rose unchallenged to meet a Geovannie Samuda left-sided cross.
Boys’ Town pulled level two minutes later in the 72nd minute after defender Daemion Benjamin nodded home from close range for a share of the points.

Although the Claro Champions Cup is viewed as a pre-season tournament, both teams fielded strong teams as they tried to secure a spot into the semi-final round.

Boys’ Town, the Premier League runners-up, started with Carlloyd Walters in goal, with a backline of Carlos Wright, Daemion Benjamin, Asrick Samuels and Anthony Dawes.

Michael Campbell, Renae Lloyd, Richard Clarke and Fabian Francis in the midfield with Jermaine Allen and Jevannie Mitchell up front.
Former national player Oneil “Bigga” Thompson, looking overweight and more like a sumo wrestler, was left on the bench, along with Dean Thompson.

Cavalier, the two-time defending Super league champions, started with the safe hands of Everdean Scarlett in goal. with captain Michael Stone, Mario McDonald, Geovannie Samuda and Richard Williams in defence.

Midfield general Dillon Wilson, Shawn Thompson, Kirk Fletcher and Leslie Keyon marshalled the middle with Fabian Nethersole and Nigel Reid up front.

Cavalier, fresh from their demolition of Harbour View in midweek, were quick into their strides and Keyon got a wonderful chance to open the scoring in the seventh minute but volleyed high after Fletcher picked him out with a long ball.

Campbell immediately responded for the Red Brigade with a testing long-range effort which sailed inches over the crossbar in the 10th minute.
The prolific Nethersole, who scored twice against Harbour View in midweek, saw his low shot well blocked by goalkeeper Walters in the 24th minute after a long searching ball was misjudged by usually assured Asrick Samuels.

Minutes later, Samuels was to make amends and his beautifully-weighted cross was headed onto the crossbar by Mitchell with goalkeeper Scarlett well beaten.

The half ended 0-0 and it was still anybody’s game as Cavalier, who play a division lower than their opponents, were holding their own.
Thompson got a glorious chance to give Cavalier the lead in the 68th minute, but the former Rae Town player chipped over the advancing goalkeeper.

Two minutes later, they would eventually break the deadlock as substitute Jackson nodded home, giving Cavalier a deserved 770th-minute lead.
But that lead would not last long as Boys’ Town equalised in the 72nd minute, also from a header, as Benjamin found the target from close range following a melee.

The competition continues today at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex with Waterhouse playing Tivoli Gardens at 4:00 pm and Arnett Gardens tackling Meadforest at 6:00.

Waterhouse lead Zone A with four points, ahead of Arnett Gardens and Tivoli Gardens, on two points each. Meadforest are at the bottom with one point but could still advance with a win.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

CAVALIER STUN H’VIEW 4-1 IN CLARO CUP
… Tivoli, Arnett in today’s big clash
By Howard Walker Observer staff reporter

CAVALIER turned in an impressive performance by clobbering Harbour View, 4-1, in their Zone B Claro Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Champions Cup at Collie Smith Drive yesterday.

The prolific Fabian Nethersole netted twice for the Super League champion in the 54th and 68th minutes following earlier goals from Leslie Keyon in the sixth and Nigel Reid in the 49th minute.

Former National striker Fabian Taylor scored for defending champions Harbour View in the 65th minute with a stunning 25-metre strike.
Cavalier moved to the top of Zone B with three points, but could be overtaken by Boys’ Town who were at press time playing Major League champions Greenwich Town.

Cavalier’s coach David Laylor said it is always good to start on a winning note.

“At this point, I can tell you it is a good game beating Harbour View… we’re off to an early start,” said Laylor.
“If we can get the players to maintain the focus we will always get a good result.”

Harbour View, who won this tournament last year, started a fairly strong team in captain Jermaine Hue, Fabian Taylor, John-Ross Edwards, Rafeik Thomas, Kimorlee Brisset, Lennox Creary, Fabian Campbell, Lamar Hodges, and Robert Williams.

But it was Cavalier who play in a lower division that looked the more purposeful and duly took the lead courtesy of a header from Leslie Keyon after goalkeeper Ashic Taylor spilled a cross.

Cavalier, boosted by their early lead, continued to match their more established opponents and in fact, raced to a 3-0 lead after 55 minutes.
Reid collected a ball just outside the box and fired past the diving Taylor in goal, making it 2-0 in the 49th minute, before Nethersole curled a beautiful free-kick over Taylor five minute later.

Former national striker Fabian Taylor then reduced the deficit for the stunned Harbour View in the 65th with a powerful shot from 25 metres, similar to the one he scored against Boys’ Town last season on the same ground.

But Nethersole grabbed his second and Cavalier’s fourth with a cool right-footed finish in the 68th and sealed an impressive victory for Cavalier.
The eight-team competition continues today with Meadforest playing Waterhouse in the curtain-raiser at the Edward Seaga Stadium at 3:00 pm before home team Tivoli Gardens and Arnett Gardens clash in the feature encounter at 5:00 pm.

All four teams in Zone A are on one point following draws on Tuesday.

Meadforest were held to a 1-1 draw by Tivoli Gardens, while Arnett Gardens rallied from two goals down to earn a 2-2 tie with Waterhouse.

JAMAICAN footballers playing in the top divisions in Vietnam and Finland are having mixed fortunes, while striker Luton Shelton, eager for more match time and goalless in Norway this season, goes to Turkey.

In the Vietnam V-League, the Jamaican forward trio of Andre Fagan, Devon Hodges and Kavin Bryan have spurred Song Lam Nghe An to the top of the table.

Song Lam Nghe, who were ninth last year, have claimed their place as Champions League qualifiers on the back of goals of Fagan and Hodges, nine goals each, and Bryan, who added another seven goals.

While the three Jamaicans have fulfilled their roles as strikers where they are the leading scorers for the 2000 and the 2001, Vietnam national champions with just two more matches to go, defender Obrian Woodbine is struggling to keep his Finnish team VPS from relegation in the Veikkausliiga.

The 23-year-old Woodbine, however, has been doing his part, starting in all of his 16 matches and scoring two goals. The former Reno player has also logged more playing time this season than any other member of VPS, which finished 10th last year in the 14-team league.

In 2011, with only 12 teams participating in the league, Woodbine and his unit only have another six matches to avoid the drop.

Meanwhile the 25-year-old Shelton, who played for only 628 minutes in his 10 matches for his previous club Vålerenga in Norway’s top division, Tippeligaen, where he was scoreless, will now ply his trade in Turkey’s Süper Lig.

With stints in Sweden, England, China, Denmark, and Norway, the speedy Jamaican striker will be called upon by his new Turkish team, Kardemir Karabükspor, to better last year’s ninth place in the Süper Lig.

A Harbour View Football Club standout, Shelton has the ideal opportunity to dominate the attacking role ahead of 30-year-old Sinan Kaloglu and Ismail Isa, aged 22, who together are not worth as much as in market value to the Jamaican, who is put at a minimum £1.6 million.
The Süper Lig is regarded as one of the six richest and 10 best European domestic leagues

FORMER St George’s Sports Club’s captain and star player Damion Harwood is among four new signees unveiled by Harbour View Football Club yesterday as part of the club’s roster for this season’s National Premier League.
The 27-year-old Harwood is joined by former St George’s teammate Dainian Reid, as well as Rondell Morris and former National Under-20 player Charles Senior.

 

Club chairman Carvel Stewart also presented Jackie Cowan as the team’s manager, along with Wesley Parchment as equipment manager. The club explained that there could be more signings by now and the end of the transfer window.

The 2011-2012 Premier League is still without a title sponsor, but Stewart, who is also deputy chairman of the Premier League Clubs’ Association, said the league will kick off on Sunday, August 28, and the public will get “good news of the Premier League shortly”.
Harwood, a striker, scored seven goals last year for the Portland-based club he has been playing for since his Titchfield High days.
Reid, 28, also hails from Portland where he attended Port Antonio Primary and High Schools. He represented St George’s from 2006, and joins Harbour View as a midfielder.

Morris comes from Reno where he played from 2008 through last season. He is from Westmoreland and attended Petersfield High, while Senior, 23, a graduate of St George’s College, is a midfielder, having completed his studies at James Madison University in Virginia, USA. He also played football for Real Maryland FC in the United Soccer League. Joel also captained the Reggae Boyz Under 20 Team for the deceased Coach, David “Wagga” Hunt.

Cowan has worked in the banking sector for 27 years, with her last position being an assistant general manager at RBTT Bank Jamaica.
Since 2008, she had held the position of second vice-president of KSAFA, the highest post held by a female. She is the chairperson of KSAFA’s Women’s Football Committee, whose mandate was to start a women’s competition in KSAFA, which she did in May 2009.
She is also a member of the Women’s Committee of the JFF, where she also serves as a member of the board of directors.
Parchment, also an umpire, has been a member of the Harbour View FC since 2005, assisting in various capacities.

Meanwhile, head coach Donovan Hayles is confident his charges can reclaim the title this season, especially with the addition of the above-mentioned players.

“I don’t shop out of want, I shop because of needs,” he told the Observer shortly after the presentation at the club facility yesterday.
“If you go for players because of want you will end up with a lot of players who you don’t really need,” he explained. “After analysing my team at the end of last year I knew I needed more quality in certain areas and that is what I have gone for — strikers, to beef up my midfield and also in the defensive area.”

Jamaican born and Harbour View FC bred goalkeeper Ryan “Godda” Thompson will have his crowning moment when he starts for Irish champions Shamrock Rovers against Danish outfit FC Copenhagen in a second round match of the UEFA Champions League today.
The former Jamaica Under-20 custodian said he is delighted that his career is on the up, and he being selected to play in such a big game is testimony that with hard work all things are possible.

“I’m feeling very optimistic about my future at the moment,” Thompson said. “I have been in a number of environments, like the Jamaican national team, University of Tampa, Bradenton Academics and Portland Phoenix and have performed consistently at every place I’ve been. I know it was just a matter of time until the right set of people recognise my talent and give me the opportunity,” he said.

“I’m having a great experience here,” Thompson said via e-mail. “Coming in at the end of the season where everyone is fully focused on winning the league championship, there can be no better challenge or experience for me. The challenge is to try and impress the coach at a time when he is fully focusing his energy on the team,” he added.

Born in one of Kingston’s tough inner-city communities, the Jamaican noted that his time playing at various levels in the USA has helped him to hone his skills.

During his stint at the NCAA Division Two powerhouse the University of Tampa, he was named Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-America First Team.
It was only a matter of time, it seemed, before the talented Thompson exploded onto the professional circuit. It was his destiny. Still waiting for a full professional contract, he took an offer from the Phoenix to play during the summer, and as it turned out, it was the best move he could have made.

“I do believe I became a better player during my time with Portland,” he said. “I also got great coaching from Paul Baber and my teammates were very competitive (and that helped me to be better),” Thompson added.

There were five goalkeepers working out for the Phoenix at the time, including current University of Cincinnati senior Matt Williams. But Thompson’s quality stood out, and before long, he secured a trial with Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, before moving to Ireland.
The 25-year-old recalls his mother’s words of encouragement as he pursues his football dreams.

“One thing my mom has taught me is that God has placed a dream in my heart and if I focus all my energy and effort, I will live to see my dream come true,” Thompson noted.

Ricardo Gardner has decided to remain at Bolton after rejecting the chance to move to West Ham on a free transfer, according to the player’s representative.

Gardner had appeared set to make the switch to Upton Park, where he would have been reunited with former Trotters boss Sam Allardyce.

His agent, Phil Graham, admits he did consider joining the Hammers but ultimately felt that he would be better off staying in the Premier League with Bolton.

The 32-year-old appeared on the Premier League’s list of released players published on Thursday as his contract at the Reebok Stadium had expired.

Tempting

But the Jamaican is now expected to agree a short-term deal offered to him by Wanderers.

“It was very tempting for Ricardo to go and play for Sam, as a former manager, and one he enjoyed a lot of success with,” Graham told the Bolton News.

“But he didn’t particularly want to relocate, and his family certainly didn’t want to relocate.

“He loves the club and the town, and wants to see his career out at Bolton, and more importantly in the Premier League.”

BOYZ STEADFAST IN BID TO CREATE GOLD CUP HISTORY
Williams in doubt after knee injury IAN BURNETT @ THE CONCACAF GOLD CUP in the USA

VIRGINIA, USA – Uncertainty surrounds the continued participation of Jamaican defender Dicoy Williams, who injured his right knee against Guatemala last Friday at the FIU Stadium in Miami.

The 24-year-old Toronto FC player injured his right knee inside the first 10 minutes of the Reggae Boyz’s second Group B game against the Central Americans when he attempted to make a clearance inside his 18-yard box. The Boyz eventually won the game 2-0, but lost the player via substitution.

Williams was diagnosed with a strained right knee ligament and was expected to return to action in a few days after the swelling on the outside of the leg subsided.

He has not been able to train since, and instead of getting better, he has complained about pain returning to the area, which forced the team management to schedule an MRI at a local hospital last night.

Meanwhile, the Boyz held their first training session at the Trinity College in North West Washington DC yesterday afternoon in preparation of Sunday’s quarter-final fixture against hosts the USA at the RFK Stadium at 3:00 pm (2:00 pm Jamaica time).

Jamaica have never beaten the US at the senior level, but the entire delegation appears steadfast in its quest to create a bit of history in the nation’s capital on Sunday.

Along with Williams, first-choice goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts also missed the training session yesterday after complaining of slight pain in his knee.

The Boyz spent nearly two hours at the lush, green facility, watched by a number of Jamaican residents from the area, including at least two former national players.
Head coach Theodore Whitmore led the team through the technical drills, before his assistant Alfredo Montesso took control of the tactical session which followed.

The team had arrived at its Key Bridge Marriot Hotel here in Virginia at about 8:00 pm on Wednesday, after a six-hour bus ride from New Jersey.
The journey should have been completed much quicker, but the team bus was delayed badly on the New Jersey Turnpike by afternoon traffic.
Still, the team managed a training session at the St Peter’s College in New Jersey in the morning.

Dicoy Williams, Jason Morrison and Dane Richards were absent from that session. Morrison did not train because of a slight niggle, but Richards did not make the 20-minute trip to the training venue after he failed to make the 8:30 am departure time, which was insisted upon by Whitmore, a clear indication that he remains focused and business-like on the task at hand.

The Boyz had been given the night off on Monday after their third consecutive victory in the first round at the Red Bull Arena. However, they regrouped quickly the following evening with a recovery session in the swimming pool, and since then it has been business as usual.


REGGAE BOYZ ON A HIGH AHEAD OF US CLASH
Audley Boyd, Assistant Editor – Sport

VIRGINIA, United States: JAMAICA’S coaching staff had to, in horse racing parlance, rein in the Reggae Boyz to temper their enthusiasm, as they went through their first full training session yesterday, at Trinity College in Washington, DC, since arriving in the United States capital.

The Jamaicans got to Washington, DC late Wednesday evening, travelling over five and half hours by bus from New Jersey, where they wrapped up their CONCACAF Gold Cup preliminary fixtures with a 1-0 win over Honduras.

That victory ensured the Boyz a clean sweep of their first-round fixtures for the first time at this tournament and they are now in Washington preparing for Sunday’s quarter-final showdown against the United States, at the RFK Stadium, beginning at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. Jamaica time).
“The response was good,” noted Alfredo Montesso, the Brazilian who works alongside head coach Theodore Whitmore to condition the team.
take our time

“We had to control the excitement of the players at the training today. They were putting everything in it, this is good,” he noted. “But from the other side, we’ve to settle down a little bit, let them know that the game is coming on Sunday and we’ve to take our time, take more mental energy to understand what we have to do, how to move the team like we had them moving with ball possession.

“These are the things that we’re trying to emphasise every training session,” Montesso added.

On a couple of occasions during the session – which was watched by a fairly large group of Jamaicans – a halt was brought to proceedings when Jason Morrison and fellow central midfielder Richard Edwards clashed heads while going for the ball, and later when striker Luton Shelton was put on the turf by a hard, but clean challenge by Omar Daley.

Following the latter, Montesso grouped the players for a chat, after which they resumed their preparation in high spirits and without any heart-stopping moment, putting together some nice offensive combinations that were finished with goals or generally decent attempts.
Two regular starting players – central defender Dicoy Williams and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts – sat out the session. Williams, who got hurt early in the team’s 2-0 win over Guatemala in Miami, is a concern to the coaching staff, while Ricketts was sidelined for precautionary reasons.
“Dicoy worries us a little more,” Montesso revealed. “Dicoy is still feeling pain from the injury that he got. He was getting treatment and there was some improvement a little, but it looks like that went back (got worse), so he’s going for an MRI.”

He was taken to the hospital shortly after training late yesterday evening.

With regard to the goalie, Montesso said: “Ricketts’ (omission) was just to preserve him because he was feeling his knee a little bit, but he should be back in training tomorrow.”

The Jamaica team had trained on Wednesday morning in New Jersey, ahead of their journey Washington, DC. Montesso thinks they made a good call.

“We took the time to train yesterday before we left New Jersey because if we spent the time we did on the bus yesterday we couldn’t reach here in Washington and have any time to train,” he observed. “So we have one training session ahead of the US, that’s an advantage for us because the US didn’t get to train.”
he should be back in training tomorrow.”

 

U21 STRIKER, RANIQUE MUIR –
Kraze Rally To Defeat Academics Mendoza’s two assists lead 3-2 victory in Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Central Florida Kraze rallied for a 3-2 victory against the IMG Bradenton Academics on Thursday evening as Johnny Mendoza recorded a pair of assists before Jabari Garibaldi scored the game-winning goal with 15 minutes to go.

Playing in their third game in seven days, which included a road trip to North Carolina for the U.S. Open Cup, the Kraze players not only faced a talented opponent but the extreme weather as well. early on, it looked as if another trip was going to be too much for the Kraze as they started sluggish and fell behind in the eighth minute as the Academics opened the scoring through Luis Calzadilla.

As play continued the Kraze began to get a little more rythem and were able to capitalize in the 20th minute when defender Sean Hart scored off a corner kick from midfielder Johnny Mendoza. But IMG would rebound and regain both the lead and momentum in the 26th minute as Martin Ontiveros was able to beat goalkeeper Keneil Baker for a 2-1 lead the Academics would carry to halftime.

The second half was a much different story as the Kraze (6-1-1/19 Points) came out with more urgency and they would tie the score in the 57th minute when Ryan Maloney scored off of a cross by Mendoza. Both sides then began to go to their benches for fresh legs were inserted into the match, but the Kraze appeared to benefit more from the changes as they were able to secure the ball create several chances on the Academics goal.

The Kraze would finally get the game-winning tally when Garibaldi received the ball 40 yards from goal and turned, beat several defenders, and cracked a shot into the Academics goal in the 75th minute. The Kraze would hold on to head home with a 3-2 victory and remain at the top of the PDL Southeast Division standings.

“The boy’s played so well today and I am very proud of their effort,” Kraze coach Joe Avallone said. “This was definitely a team win as everyone contributed which allowed us to come from behind and get three points against a solid team. The chemistry on this squad is fantastic as each player is working hard for their teammate. We have one more hurdle to get over in this long stretch on Saturday against Nashville, however I feel with a day of rest the team will be prepared and look to stay undefeated at home”.

Next up for the Central Florida Kraze is a June 18th match to take place at the Florida Citrus Bowl with a 3 p.m. kickoff as part of a doubleheader with USL PRO’s Orlando City, who face the Wilmington Hammerheads that evening at 7:30 p.m.

 

ON LOAN HVFC STRIKER, ANDRE FAGAN SCORES A DOUBLE AT SNLA, VIETNAMESE LEAGUE!

ANDRE “BULLET” FAGAN, continues his rich goalscoring form in Vietnam by scoring two more goals last weekend to add to his earlier midweek goal making it 3 in the week….taking his seasonal tally so far to nine goals.

Fellow Jamaican striker partner, Devon Hodges also scored a hat-trick to help SNLA win by 6-2 and stay at the top of the league which breaks for a week….Hodges now has six goals.

In an effort to continue to broaden the horizons and training of our HVFC Technical Staff in an ongoing basis, our former HVFC Players Lovel Palmer and Damani Ralph, has arranged opportunities for their previous youth Coach, Ludlow Bernard.

Harbour View FC, Administrator and U20 Coach, Ludlow Bernard departed the island on Wednesday to observe, experience and exchange ideas on Team preparation, Match analysis and post-game training at US Major League Soccer (MLS) Franchise the Houston Dynamo FC, home of former Harbour View FC Captain, Lovel Palmer as they host a League game against MLS, outfit Columbus Crew, 7:30pm on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 at their Home Stadium at The Robertson Centre where Lovel Palmer is being promoted as the featured Player on their website.

On Monday to Wednesday next, he also travels to FC Dallas to experience a wider perspective with another Texas MLS Franchise, with Technical Director, Barry Gorman who recently visited Jamaica as a part of the new bonding with the PLCA and US NPSL.

Mr. Bernard returns to the island on Thursday, June 23rd.

18 YEAR OLD, DAMION LOWE AND 20 YEAR OLD, JERMIE LYNCH DEPARTED THIS MORNING FOR A ONE WEEK TRAIL AT TORONTO FC ACADEMY!
After leading the HVFC Under 20 League Champions to a fifth Title last weekend, both players Damion Lowe and Jermie Lynch departed the island early this morning for the Canadian city of Toronto, where the will stay until next Friday, June 24th as a part of the Toronto FC Academy.

The towering 6 foot 2 inches defensive and attacking players, will be met by Academy Head Stuart Neely this afternoon and later tonight, attend a Senior Academy Team game at the Lamport Stadium.

Both players scored goals, in the KSAFA Knockout semifinal last evening at Boys Town FC.

Former HVFC and Reggae Boyz midfielder now Coach, Lloyd Barker will coordinate with the players while in Canada.

5 TIME UNDER-20 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, HARBOUR VIEW FC KNOCKED OUT OF CLARO KSAFA FINAL
BY BOYS TOWN FC, 6-5 ON PENALTIES!

Harbour View FC and Boys Town FC were at it again yesterday afternoon at Collie Smith Drive, when as history seems to determine another thriller evolved in a 6-5 penalty victory to BT.

In front of a packed house the noisy bumper crowd were deeply involved from the first whistle of Referee, Wilverglen Lamey, as the game was played on the much smaller reserve field as the Premier League field was rested and being upgraded out of season as it showed obvious signs of lush grassy areas, the benefits of the recent heavy rains, rest and fertilization.

Jermie Lynch scored after 14 minutes from a Jhamie Hyde right-sided cross to get it over the line from a blockade of three BT Defenders. Boys Town equalized midway the first half as Jameel Hardware converted a penalty. The 1-1 scoreline is how the game ended.

In extra-time BT seized the lead after a diagonal pass was converted in the 8th minute of time, but this lead was reduced by Damion Lowe heroics in the last minute of the game shooting powerfully amongst a throng of defenders, from a served free-kick.

Penalties ensued, and that too produced a deadlock 4-4 after 5 kicks and BT won after converting two sudden-death penalty kicks, as it as HVFC who missed the second.

Boys Town goes on to this Sunday’s Final against Arnett Gardens FC.