In a dramatic and excellent show of poise and talent, defensive midfielder Tiger Fitzpatrick scored a goal against the Silverbacks off an assist from Steve Guppy Saturday to help the Rhinos trounce Atlanta, 2-0. After losing to the Silverbacks earlier this month, Tiger and the Rhinos hope that this home victory will give them the edge they need to win the rubber match to be played this Saturday at REMAX Stadium in Atlanta. A brilliant defender and gifted athlete, Tiger continues to impress both opponents and spectators with his ability to create shots and produce wins, and with five matches left in the regular season, there is still plenty of magic to be seen.
The preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions league will start this week, with 8 matches between different teams located throughout North and Central America hoping to make it to the semifinals after group play has concluded. MLF Athletes Scott Jones, Kendall Jagdeosingh and Osei Telesford all hope to start for the Puerto Rico Islanders as they take on the Costa Rican team LD Alajuelense on Wednesday, August 27th. Also in the mix are Joe Public FC goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa, Gary Glasgow and Seon Power, who will take on the New England Revolution at home in Trinidad on Tuesday. This first round promises to be an exciting one, as teams from all over the continent begin to compete against teams they would otherwise never face. With all the commotion surrounding Champions league play, expect to see an upset or two, and prepare for some exhilarating football.
As World Cup Qualifying begins to heat up, the pressure is on Trinidad and Tobago as they hope to repeat their stunning 2006 performance in Germany. In the first match of the third round, Trinidad routed Cuba 3-1 in an away victory that has, at least for now, catapulted the Soca Warriors to the top of Group 1, where they have a two goal lead over the number two team, the United States. MLF Athletes Osei Telesford, who had a spectular defensive performance, and Darryl Roberts, who kept the pressure on Cuba after Trinidad got an early lead, were able to help Trinidad and Tobago secure a win in the first of six third round matches. As Trinidad prepares to face the reeling Guatemala, who just suffered their first loss to the United States in over 20 years, both Darryl and Osei hope that they will continue to be a part of the stellar Trinidad lineup, as the small island nation fights for a trip to South Africa in 2010.