Saye, 24, from Wiltshire in south west England, told the Observer he has been inspired by the success of books such as Tim Parks’ A Season With Verona and Pete Davies’ All Played Out (which was recently made into the film One Night In Turin).

Said Saye: “I’m going to be spending the whole 2010-11 season with Harbour View FC. These books both used the concept of following a team throughout the duration of a competition, and that’s what I too will be doing, but aiming to get closer to the team for a more ‘behind the scenes’ experience”.

He added: “My original thinking was to take a look at a side of football that people at home see very little of, away from all the money and commercialism of the game in Europe.

“I’m in Jamaica with this in mind, and because this is a country where football is extremely popular and one that holds a certain fascination for audiences back home,” said Saye, who is an Arsenal fan.

“Furthermore, there is a more unfortunate side to the country and the well-documented social problems it has. I’m interested in how sport can maybe play a role in smoothing out such issues, or indeed makes them worse. Because of all these things, Jamaica offers a fairly unique environment in which to study the face of football rarely seen in England,” said Saye.

As well as simply spending the season examining the progress of the Premier League, and in particular, Harbour View, Saye will also be watching the Reggae Boyz in action.

“I’ll not be working with them in anything like the same way as I will be Harbour View, but I intend to see all their home matches and follow them to the Caribbean Cup in Martinique and the Gold Cup in the US, assuming qualification,” he noted.

Over the course of the season he will be talking to players, management, officials and fans as well others not directly as involved in football in order to build as complete an image as possible of Jamaican football and society, and how the two interact with each other.

Saye will also study various sources to piece together an idea of the game’s history in the country and how it came to shape the present.
“The final book will be a journey through the season while studying all the above factors, as well as giving my account of my own personal experiences along the way,” he added.

“My stay so far has been great. Kingston has a worrying reputation abroad, but the more I see of the city, the more I realise it’s actually a fantastic place full of friendly people.

“It’s possible that’s a bit naive because I’ve not seen the whole place yet, but what I’ve seen has been great and everyone at Harbour View, especially Clyde Jureidini, has been absolutely brilliant in helping me find my way and settle in,” said Saye.

Premier League Champions Harbour View FC takes aims at the touring USL franchise, The Charlotte Eagles in an international Friendly Game next Wednesday, September 8th at the HVFC Stadium starting at 7pm!

The two week tour opener will be the first in a series of games island wide.

Additionally, a FREE Coaching Course for 50 Jamaican Coaches will be conducted two days later by The Charlotte Eagles along with GSM /HVFC focusing on Youth Development at the HVFC Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

 

2010 Charlotte Eagles Coaching and Training Staff

Mark Steffens – Head Coach

Mark-Steffens

Mark Steffens returns as the head coach for the Charlotte Eagles in his 14th year. Mark has led the Eagles to the USL-2 Championship match seven times, and has won the championship in 2000 and 2005. The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs an unprecedented 12 of 13 years under the direction of Steffens. Earning USL-2 Coach of the Year honours in 2008 for the second time as the Eagles claimed the Regular Season Championship, and was also awarded the honour in 2004. The United Soccer Leagues recognized Steffens for his amazing record and commitment to the community in 2007 as he was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame.

Mark’s soccer career experience is quite extensive. He played professionally for the New York Apollo and the New York United in the American Soccer League. His coaching history goes back more than 20 years, and features his professional experience as the Head Coach of the New York Express of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1986-87. He was the assistant coach for the Express in 1985-86 and for the New York Arrows (MISL) in 1983-84. Mark holds an “A” coaching license with the USSF and is a graduate and four year start for The King’s College in New York hold a degree in Physical Education.

 

Steve Shak – Asst. Coach

Steve-Shak

Steve Shak returns for his fourth season as a player and assistant coach with the Eagles. Steve holds a USSF B License. Since signing with the Eagles in 2007, Shak has been an anchor for Charlotte’s defence. A USL-2 First Team Selection in 2007 and 2008, Shak was also named a finalist for 2008 USL-2 Defender of the Year. A native of Cerritos, CA, Shak played for four years at UCLA from ’96-’99, leading the Bruins to the 1997 National Championship and the 1999 Final Four. As a junior in 1998 he was named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy (NCAA National Player of the Year). A member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team, he appeared in all six matches when the team took home the bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.

After a successful collegiate career, Shak was selected as the number one overall pick in the 2000 Major League Soccer Draft by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. He played in 23 games in his rookie year, recording one goal and one assist. After three seasons in the MLS with NY/NJ and Colorado, Shak was then acquired by the USL-1 Minnesota Thunder where he played one season leading the team to the USL-1 Championship and earning a USL-1 Second Team Selection. He had a brief stint in Sweden with Bodens BK in the Swedish Superettan (2nd Division) before signing with the USL-1 Virginia Beach Mariners midway through the 2004 season. Before joining the Eagles Steve enjoyed three seasons with the Mariners where he was captain of the team during the 2006 season.

Howard Walker | Jamaica Observer

BRITISH journalist Hugo Saye will be the guest of Premier League champions Harbour View as he embarks on a fact-finding mission in writing a book about Jamaica’s football. Continue Reading →

Defending champions Jamaica set the stage for an unprecedented seventh New York Football Cup title by beating Barbados 2-1 in a very robust, ill-tempered semi-final here on Sunday.

Playing before a boisterous, record crowd at the Jefferson High School Stadium, the holders of the 19-year-old Cup for a record five successive seasons, got first-half goals from Marco Hamilton and Jermaine Hue to wrap up victory.

In Sunday’s final at the same venue, the Reggae Boyz will now face St Lucia, who edged St Kitts and Nevis 1-0.
Though the Jamaicans outplayed the Barbadians to lead 2-0 by the half-time interval, the Barbadians displayed sheer aggression and monolithic defence in the second half to rebound.

They hit back in the 56th minute when Richard Lavine capitalised on a left flank pass to elude Jamaican goalkeeper Jerry Walters.
A minute later, Barbados thought they had pulled level when Carl Joseph beat Walters to his left, only for the referee to disallow the goal.
Play was then held up for five minutes as Barbadian officials and players sought to quell the outrage of their fans, who hurled bottles on the pitch in protest.

When the game finally resumed, the Barbadians fought hard for the equaliser, but to no avail.

Early lead

Jamaica had taken an early lead – three minutes into the contest – when Hamilton stunned Barbadian goalkeeper Andre Wilkinson with a low, right-flank blast, 15 yards outside the penalty box.

Hue then doubled Jamaica’s lead when he sent Wilkinson the wrong way in the 29th minute from the penalty spot.
“I’m very disappointed with the outcome,” Barbados head coach Alvin Brathwaite told CMC at the post-match interview.
“I’m not one of those people who would be quick to criticise the officials, but it was a clear goal,” he added, referring to Joseph’s effort.
His Jamaican counterpart Arthur ‘Jetty’ Mikes, on the other hand, acknowledged the Barbadians’ ‘gallant fight’, but stated that his team had the clear edge.

“We let them back into the game after giving up that goal. Nonetheless, we withstood their pressure, kept possession of the ball and won the game,” Mikes said.

“We’re going for the sixth straight trophy. We’re not going to enter the finals and give it up like that.”
St Lucia, meanwhile, whose lone goal came from the boots of their leading goalscorer Philip Tisson 20 minutes into the second half, promised to dethrone the perennial Cup champions.

“Definitely, we will win the Cup. We have no alternative but to win it,” said head coach Tyron Clovis.
The St Lucians drew 1-1 with Jamaica in the preliminary round.

In their only meeting in a final, Jamaica crushed St Lucia 5-0 in the 2003 title game.

Defending champions Harbour View made a positive start to their season and in doing so did what they could not have done all of last season – defeat Humble Lion.

The much-improved attacker, John-Ross Edwards, had the lone strike in the 82nd minute, firing an angled free-kick over the head of goalkeeper Shawn Sawyers, who was caught off his line.

While Harbour View would have been happy with the three points and the positive start to their season, they would not have been particularly pleased with the level of play.

For long periods, the home team offered little excitement, even though they looked more dangerous, especially after having difficulty coping with the physicality and the fitness of Humble Lion.

“I am happy for the win, but I was not particularly happy with the way we did it. We could have done much better with the rotation of the football in midfield.

“In terms of the preparation we knew that Humble Lion would have played a physical game so we needed to move the ball around. It is easier to shoot a sitting duck than a flying bird, yet we were sitting more and allowing them to come at us,” was winning coach Donovan Hayles’ honest assessment of the game.

Humble Lion’s Christopher Bender found reason to praise his team for their character and spirit.

“It was a good game in terms of character and spirit and I think that we shone through (in those areas).
“They scored a fortuitous goal and that is part of the game. We have an excellent goalkeeper. Those things do happen in football but we lost no marks in defeat today,” said Bender.

The major highlight of the first half was the ejection of Humble Lion’s Kirk Duckworth, in time added, following his second booking for a foul on Rafeik Thomas.

The second half was an improvement on the first, even though Harbour View made no obvious adjustments and failed to take advantage of their numerical advantage.

The home team struggled in midfield while forward Kavin Bryan was kept in check by the alert Ricardo Campbell, who had an outstanding game. But while Humble Lion looked good in defense, up front they lacked a goalscoring threat as Narado Brown and Roberto Fletcher did not look the part. Substitute Omar Walters fared little better and fired wide of the gaping goal in the 70th minute from a melee.

As the game wound down Harbour View looked more threatening with Edwards; captain Richard Edwards and Dicoy Williams looking their best players.

John-Ross Edwards, Marcelino Blackburn and Richard Edwards tested Sawyers with long-ranged drives, while the lanky Kimroy Davis had a similar drive for Humble Lion.

With the game looking as if it would end goalless, John-Ross Edwards produced an act of brilliance and perhaps luck to beat Sawyers, who made an uncharacteristic error by being caught off his line.

He blasted an angled right-footer from about 38-yards from the left of the field into the top right-hand corner of the goal over the head of the back pedalling Sawyers.

While John-Ross Edwards soaked up the adulation, Sawyers understandably looked as if he could sink in the ground.

Sunday’s Results

  1. Boys’ Town 4 St Georges 2
  2. Harbour View 1 Humble Lion 0
  3. Arnett 2 Village 2
  4. Tivoli 3 Benfica 1
  5. Waterhouse 2 Sporting 0
  6. Portmore 1 Reno 0

President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, yesterday called on all stakeholders to exhibit an attitude of professionalism during the upcoming Digicel Premier League season.

Burrell was speaking at yesterday’s launch of the 2010-11 season at the JFF’s headquarters in New Kingston.
“Coaches, administrators, players and everyone associated with the clubs should give of their best in terms of discipline and professionalism in the interest of the development of the game,” said Burrell.

“I want to wish the clubs the very best; to Benfica, welcome to the big league, and to Reno, you have returned and we will be looking at you. Let us enjoy this beautiful game.”

Chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association, Edward Seaga, was happy with the return of the competition but stressed that it has been a difficult period of preparation.

Seaga shared that with no money in reserve and with the economic situation not providing many options, there were thoughts of cutting the league in half to ease the burden on the teams.

State agency, the Sports Development Foundation, however, intervened at the last moment with a donation of $5 million to ensure that all 38 rounds will be contested.

The 2010-2011 season of theDigicel Premier League was launched yesterday afternoon at the offices of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) in New Kingston, as the telecommunication giants get ready to enter into their third and final year of a $150 million three-year deal.

Sponsors Digicel who are now in the final year of a $150 million three-year deal, will commit $50 million towards this year’s staging of the competition, with support coming from the likes of Wray & Nephew and Locker Room Sports.

Marked improvement

Digicel’s CEO Mark Linehan was pleased with his company’s continued support of the competition and made special mention of what he considered to be a marked improvement over the period.

“Digicel is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Digicel Premier League for the third consecutive year. Over the last three seasons, we have seen the competition become a fantastic showcase of community football in Jamaica,” said Linehan.

“We are committed to supporting the development of football in Jamaica and we are looking forward to what is sure to be another exciting season of the beautiful game,” he continued.

The league will get under way next Sunday with all 12 teams. Defending champions Harbour View will host Humble Lion at the Harbour View Mini Stadium, while Boys’ Town will tackle St George’s at their Collie Smith Drive home ground in two of the bigger clashes.

Last year’s runners-up Tivoli Gardens will travel to St Ann where they will play the promoted Benfica, while Reno-Portmore, Sporting Central-Waterhouse and Village-Arnett Gardens are the other matchups for the opening week.

There was no presentation ceremony following the conclusion of last season, due to the disturbance in Tivoli Gardens, so a truncated version was held towards the end of the launch.

Tivoli Garden’s Navion Boyd was the league’s MVP while cell phones, courtesy of Nokia, were also presented to the MVPs of the respective clubs.
The MVPs are Newton Sterling (Arnett Gardens), Devon Haughton (August Town), Peter Keyes (Boys’ Town), Zico Herrera (Humble Lions), Jermaine Hue (Harbour View), Dwayne Kerr (Portmore United), Omar Parker (Rivoli), Jevaughn Watson (Sporting Central), Jermaine Taylor (St Georges), Orlando McBean (Village United), Kevin Lamey (Waterhouse), Navion Boyd (Tivoli Gardens).

“After 31 years of our established Logo, created when i graduated from the Graphics Department of the Edna Manley School of Visual Arts in 1979, as a essential part of my Major Task of building the image of a football club.

We have decided to update it with the assistance of my son Dwayne (current Designer of BUZZ Magazine) to a more current look, befitting the Century 2000 incorporating the elements of 50 Championship honours achieved over our 36 years as a Club. The most in the Caribbean by any club.” –Clyde Jureidini (HVFC General Manager)

2 on the left(as is and reverse on a blue background) for the Local Premier League, to indicate three time Champions in 2000, 2007 and 2009.

2 Logos, On the Right, with Blue Stars when we play in the Caribbean or Internationally to indicate our two time CFU Club Champions in 2005 and 2007.the most by any Jamaican Club.

HV-OldLogo HV-NewLogo1 HV-NewLogo2

 

LOVEL PALMER scores his third MLS Goal:

Former HVFC Captain, Lovel Palmer scored once as The Houston Dynamo defeated the Chicago Fire 4-3 Saturday night. Brian Ching provided the fire-power for the Dynamo, tallying three goals on the evening.

FABIAN TAYLOR scores Norweigian Goal:

Former HVFC striker, Fabian Taylor scored once in second placed, Notodden FK’s big 9-1 victory over third placed Nest-Sorta on Sunday, to remain in a position for automatic promotion back to Division 2 after a poor season last year, when the striker was out due to a broken leg.

Another former HVFC striker, Luton Shelton’s Club, Valeranga who plays in the Norweigian Premier Division has a reserve Team Valeranga 2 placed lower in the tables at 11th position. Luton is a part of the Reggae Boyz squad for the upcoming series of two international games.

Goalkeeper DWAYNE MILLER secures his goal in Swedish Division 1 League:
(Here are excerpts from the official Syrianska FC website)
Ljungskile SK 1-1 Syrianska FC

Ljungskile – Skenderovic scored a last-gasp equaliser to cancel out Smedberg’s first-half opener as Milller kept Syrianska FC in the game in Sunday evening’s thrilling clash at Starke Arvid’s arena.

In the 36th minute, Barsom loses the ball in the middle to Erik Nilsson, who gives the ball to Michel Thomas who in turn finds the Ljungskile captain Smedberg which made no mistake and his third goal of the season.

Ljungskile had a couple of chances in the first half which could increase the lead for the home team but the Syrianska FC keeper Miller became a living wall. Syrianska FC had to wait until the second half for their first shot on goal.

Miller made a couple of terrific saves. A stunning long-range drive by Smedberg forced a good save from Miller. Even Kitic tested Miller from 20 meters and Ljungskile came close to a second but Dwayne Miller blocked the shot.

In deep added time Syrianska FC threw everything in front and Semir Mete had a great chance to equalize, but his shot inside the penalty area went wide. That seemed to be the games last chance, but there was still a minute left to play of the game.

Syrianska FC’s efforts paid off in the 92nd minute when Skenderovic crashed in a header from a Barsom cross to bring a hard point back to Södertälje.

Syrianska, remains in third placed in the 16 Clubs format, and pushes for automatic promotion to the Premier League next season.

BOLTON WANDERERS OFF TO A GOOD START IN BPL:

Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner’s Bolton Wanderers had a positive early season result on the road, when they defeated West Ham by 3-1 to be well placed at fourth position in the Barclays Premier League after just two games.
Ricardo was not in the squad for this game due to a hamstring injury.
In the seasons opener Bolton were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Fulham.

BRISTOL CITY OFF TO SLOW START IN Championship League:

Damion “Stewpeas” Stewart is off to a very slow start (2 points) with two drawn games and a lost at his new club, Bristol City while his old Club Queens Park Rangers tops the early League Standings after three games with 9 points.

Friday & Saturday September 10-11 @ 9 AM – 5 PM

CONDUCTED BY: THE USL PRO TEAM CHARLOTTE EAGLES FROM THE USA.
SPONSORED BY: HARBOUR VIEW FC AND GSM INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP
DATES: SEPTEMBER 10-11 @ HARBOUR VIEW FC GROUNDS. AM REGISTRATION CHECK IN STARTS AT 8:30 AM-9:00 AM.
COACHING CLINICIAN STAFF: MARK STEPHENS-HEAD COACH OF THE CHARLOTTE EAGLES AND ASSISTANT COACH STEVE SHAK.


COACHING INFORMATION TO BE PRESENTED: Dribbling Shooting Passing and Receiving Individual and Team Defending Possession Crossing & Finishing Team Defending Pattern Play Combination Play Overlapping/Flank Play

LIMITED SPACE: 50 SPACES AVAILABLE TO COACHES ONLY- (we now have only 40 spaces left)

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER: REGISTER NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 5 with Curven Whyte – GSM Jamaica Director of Development at cwhytegsm@gmail.com or phone 577-8100.

RECEIVE 3 FREE BOOKS AND A GREAT FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE

BY ATTENDING THIS CLINIC EACH COACH WILL RECEIVE 3 FREE BOOKS AND A GREAT FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE

“The Complete Coach”…….Training Coaches To Become Life Influencers By Steve Shak…….over 40 page of exercises for training your players. “Coaching soccer with passion and Purpose” by Paul Banta……A book that will change they way you coach and do life. “GSM International Coaching Manual” by Paul Banta……over 170 page of Coaching information for your training session and more.

COACHING STAFF CLINICIANS

Mark Steffens – CHARLOTTE EAGLES Head Coach & Assistant Coach Steve Shak

Mark Steffens returns as the head coach for the Charlotte Eagles in his 14th year. Mark has led the Eagles to the USL-2 Championship match seven times, and has won the championship in 2000 and 2005. The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs an unprecedented 12 of 13 years under the direction of Steffens. Earning USL-2 Coach of the Year honors in 2008 for the second time as the Eagles claimed the Regular Season Championship, and was also awarded the honor in 2004. The United Soccer Leagues recognized Steffens for his amazing record and commitment to the community in 2007 as he was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame. Mark’s soccer career experience is quite extensive. He played professionally for the New York Apollo and the New York United in the American Soccer League. His coaching history goes back more than 20 years, and features his professional experience as the Head Coach of the New York Express of the Maj or Indoor Soccer League from 1986-87. He was the assistant coach for the Express in 1985-86 and for the New York Arrows (MISL) in 1983-84. Prior to coming to the Eagles, Steffens was the Head Coach of Chaminade High School, a perennial powerhouse private soccer program on Long Island, NY. Mark holds an “A” coaching license with the USSF and is a graduate of The King’s College in New York with a degree in Physical Education.

Steve Shak returns for his fourth season as a player and assistant coach with the Eagles and holds a USSF B License. . Since signing with the Eagles in 2007, Shak has been an anchor for Charlotte’s defense. A USL-2 First Team Selection in 2007 and 2008, Shak was also named a finalist for 2008 USL-2 Defender of the Year. A native of Cerritos, CA, Shak played for four years at UCLA from ’96-’99, leading the Bruins to the 1997 National Championship and the 1999 Final Four. As a junior in 1998 he was named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy (NCAA National Player of the Year). A member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team, he appeared in all six matches when the team took home the bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games. After a successful collegiate career, Shak was selected as the number one overall pick in the 2000 Major League Soccer Draft by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. He played in 23 games in his rookie year, recording one goal and one assist. After three seasons in the MLS with NY/NJ and Colorado, Shak was then acquired by the USL-1 Minnesota Thunder where he played one season leading the team to the USL-1 Championship and earning a USL-1 Second Team Selection. He had a brief stint in Sweden with Bodens BK in the Swedish Superettan (2nd Division) before signing with the USL-1 Virginia Beach Mariners midway through the 2004 season. Before joining the Eagles Steve enjoyed three seasons with the Mariners where he was captain of the team during the 2006 season.

The Charlotte Eagles will also be playing a series of matches in Kingston and Montego Bay while they are on tour with GSM International.

God bless and see you at HVFC,

Paul Banta
President of GSM International
pbanta@sc.rr.com
www.globalsoccerministries.org/welcome.php?location=Jamaica


TAKE YOUR SOCCER TEAM TO JAMAICA and FEEL ALRIGHT

Harbour View are the 2010 Claro KSAFA Champions League kingpins, after substitute Ranique Muir powered them to a 2-1 win over Boys’ Town in the final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex late yesterday evening.

The east-Kingston team walked away with the championship trophy and a handsome $250,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up had to settle for $150,000.

Last year’s winners Waterhouse benefited from two own goals to beat Cavalier to third place by a 2-0 margin. They also walked away with the $100,000 third-place cash prize, while Cavalier earned $50,000.
In the big one, both teams took their time to get settled after a tentative start, but after the opening jitters, it was Boys’ Town who were looking the more dangerous of the two Premier League heavyweights.

Former schoolboy prodigy, Marvin Morgan Jr, was gifted the first real opportunity after 11 minutes, but could not take full advantage after his shot from just inside the box with the outside of his boot went well wide, with the goal at his mercy.
The Red Brigade were at it again in the 20th minute when Dean Thompson’s ferocious volley from the vicinity of the penalty spot forced a picture-perfect one-handed reaction save from goalkeeper Michaud Barrett.

Harbour View worked their way into the contest and should have opened their account at the half-hour mark, but Rafeik Thomas and Marcelino Blackburn ran into each other at the back post and killed the chance for a simple tap in. The chance was created by Jahmali Spence, who played the ball across the face of go after out-muscling two Boys’ Town defenders.
Missed opportunities

Thomas was at it again seven minutes later, but he failed to get the better of Kirk Porter in the Boys’ Town goal, after being played behind the defensive line. The striker must have been surprised to find himself with only Porter to beat, but could find no way around the keeper after he tried to dribble instead of taking a shot on goal.
Substitute Mark Newsome’s tame left-footed shot from the top of the box was saved off the line by Montrose Phinn in the 60th minute, in what was Boys’ Town’s last real chance of the game.
Harbour View’s winner came after Muir beat Porter to a through ball, before poking it into the goal after it seemed easier for the goalkeeper to win the ball.

Winning coach Donovan Hayles was satisfied with his team’s performance and the triumph.

“I’m satisfied. I think both teams can be satisfied with their play tonight,” said Hayles. “Boys’ Town started stronger but when we consolidated defensively we did very well and all in all we were strong, even though the game could have gone either way.”
Boys Town’s Andrew Price thought his team gave a fair effort, but suffered from fatigue.

“We dominated for long periods but I think the guys were a little leg-weary tonight. We just started training so the conditioning is not where it needs to be. We weren’t effective on the ball and this is where we lost the game,” added Price.