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Joevin Jones joins Europa League campaigners and top Finnish side HJK

Joevin Jones joins Europa League campaigners and top Finnish side HJK

02-09-2014 Hits:43 W Connection

Monday 1 September 2014DirecTV W Connection will be without the services of marquee player Joevin Jones for the start of the 2014/15 TT Pro League season, and possibly all the...

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North East centered on creating Stars

North East centered on creating Stars

30-08-2014 Hits:70 North East Stars F.C

Saturday 30 August 2014Although celebrating just one title within the last two seasons under head coach Angus Eve, North East Stars have been “successful” in reviving the club's philosophy —...

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Pro League curtain raiser in ‘El Clásico’ style: W Connection and Central to contest Digicel Charity Shield

Pro League curtain raiser in ‘El Clásico’ style: W Connection and Central to contest Digicel Charity Shield

29-08-2014 Hits:126 TT Pro League News

Friday 29 August 2014Bitter town rivals W Connection and Central FC – always an interesting duel – will trash it out when the 2014/15 TT Pro League season kicks off...

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Ataullah Guerra re-signs with Central

Ataullah Guerra re-signs with Central

26-08-2014 Hits:219 Central FC

Trinidad and Tobago international midfielder, Ataullah Guerra, has agreed a new one-year agreement with Central FC, which will see him represent the ‘Sharks’ for the upcoming 2014/15 season, inclusive of...

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Warriors and Guadelope to warm-up in Tobago ahead of Caribbean qualifiers

Warriors and Guadelope to warm-up in Tobago ahead of Caribbean qualifiers

18-08-2014 Hits:121 National Team News

T&T coach Stephen Hart to test local based pros Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s team will face Guadeloupe in a friendly international on September 6 from 4.30pm at the Dwight Yorke...

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D/Force coach, Ross Russell, in high spirits following health scare

D/Force coach, Ross Russell, in high spirits following health scare

13-08-2014 Hits:154 Defence Force

Ex-national stars among well-wishers   Defence Force head coach Ross Russell has been undergoing numerous tests and scans at West Shore Medical in Port of Spain, where he admitted himself on Tuesday...

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W Connection U16's to tackle Italy's AC Milan, Inter Millan, Udinese and Hellas Verona counterparts

W Connection U16's to tackle Italy's AC Milan, Inter Millan, Udinese and Hellas Verona counterparts

06-08-2014 Hits:218 Youth League News

Reigning Youth (TT) Pro League Under-16 champions DirecTV W Connection will compete against some of Italy's finest youth players during a 10-day tour of that country from August 28 -...

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Plaza, Winchester joins Fenwick at Belgium’s CS Vise

Plaza, Winchester joins Fenwick at Belgium’s CS Vise

28-07-2014 Hits:263 TT Pro League News

Monday 28 July 2014Trinidad and Tobago international forwards Willis Plaza and Rundell Winchester have signed multiple-year deals in Belgium with third division outfit Cercle Sportif Visé.Last week Plaza, who turns...

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Wolfe brothers Glenton and Anthony set to team-up in India

Wolfe brothers Glenton and Anthony set to team-up in India

25-07-2014 Hits:257 North East Stars F.C

Friday 25 July 2014North East Stars defender Glenton Wolfe is set to join India’s top football league where he would team-up with his younger brother, 30-year-old Anthony Wolfe, at I-League...

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Rangers promote Jason Spence to head coach; Dean Pacheco returns as sidekick

Rangers promote Jason Spence to head coach; Dean Pacheco returns as sidekick

22-07-2014 Hits:294 St. Ann’s Rangers

Tuesday 22 July 2014Gradually becoming a household name in the football fraternity, Jason Spence has suddenly found himself in the position of technical director/head coach of St. Ann’s Rangers for...

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Caledonia a CONCACAF Champions League challenger

aledonia a CONCACAF Champions League challengerCaledonia AIA Technical Director Jamaal Shabazz has made it clear that the Morvant-Laventille club is not just making up numbers in a 24-team CONCACAF Champions League when the 2013-2014 season kicks off on August 6.

"Caledonia AIA didn't just qualify to participate," Shabazz said. "We fought hard for our place, we've made serious sacrifices, so I think our chances are as good as any other team this year."

Caledonia had its first taste of the Concacaf Champions League--the confederation's version of the UEFA Champions League--last season and finished at the bottom of a three-team group behind MLS outfit Seattle Sounders and CD Marathón of Honduras in the group stage.

Now after joining fellow TT Pro League club DIRECTV W Connection for a second consecutive Champions League, the Morvant-Laventille club is ready to stand up against the top clubs of Mexico, Central America, USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

Last season, Caledonia AIA by virtue of winning the 2012 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship, qualified for the Champions League, but this year, only did so by defeating Portmore United of Jamaica in a play-off to join Connection and Haitian side Valencia FC to represent the region.

At a gala event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral Miami, CONCACAF held its annual draw which saw Caledonia AIA being grouped with ten-time Liga Mexico champion Deportivo Toluca FC of Mexico and Guatemala's CSD Comunicaciones.

According to Shabaaz, his side is happy to be pooled with a team from Mexico, sighting that it's a good situation for Caledonia since it will present an opportunity to play against an opposition that has a different style of play, having faced USA's Seattle Sounders and Marathon in their inaugural run.

"Toluca has a good history, but we have a good history too," Shabazz went on to add. "Playing at the Azteca in Mexico is exactly the experience that Caribbean teams need at this stage."

Toluca is located just outside of Mexico City standing 8,723 feet above sea level, and the high altitude is seen a serious obstacle standing in the way of the Trinidadians.

Shabazz pointed out that presently, his club doesn't have "the resources to go and train in the higher altitude situation. So we have to use the next option, which is to go in a couple of days before the game. The logistics of that is we have two months to prepare. In the mean time we have to try and get our players as fit as they should be."

He added, "We certainly want to strengthen our team of course, but the bulk of those players we will bring in will come from our Reserve (team) and youth teams because we don't have the resources to make big or huge addition to the squad. I think we have a decent squad from last year. Although we did well to retain some trophies, I think we were faced with a situation where we were without key players in the month of January."

Last year, the Champions League games hosted in Trinidad were poorly attended and Shabazz feels that CONCACAF should initiate a public awareness plan to better highlight the importance of the CCL to the teams and its supporters particularly from the Caribbean.

"I don't think a lot of people in Trinidad and Tobago or even the Caribbean, recognizes that this is CONCACAF, equivalent to the European Champions League and by W Connection and Caledonia qualifying back-to-back ... what a huge feat this is. These games are televised and it gives you a chance to showcase your community and your country so I think from that point, once CONCACAF can initiate an awareness programme then we will do what we can to urge the fans to come out," said Shabazz.

Caledonia AIA ended their domestic 2012-2013 season finishing second in the Digicel Pro League, which qualifies the Morvant-Laventille club for a third consecutive CCL appearance.

The season also saw the club retain the First Citizens Cup and FA Trophy, but failed to do so in the Lucozade Sport Goal Shield and Digicel Pro Bowl after being knocked out by eventual winners W Connection.

2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League groupings
(Schedule of matches are still to be formulated)

Group 1: Arabe Unido (Panama), Houston Dynamo (USA), W Connection (Trinidad & Tobago)

Group 2: Olimpia (Honduras), Sporting Kansas City (USA), Real Esteli (Nicaragua)

Group 3:  Herediano (Costa Rica), Cruz Azul (Mexico),  Valencia FC (Haiti)

Group 4: Club America (Mexico), Alajuelense (Costa Rica), Sporting San Miguelito (Panama)

Group 5: San Jose Earthquakes (USA), Montreal Impact (Canada), Guatemala #2 (Guatemala)

Group 6: Comunicaciones (Guatemala), Toluca (Mexico), Caledonia AIA (Trinidad & Tobago)

Group 7: Club Tijuana (Mexico), Victoria (Honduras), Luis Angel Firpo (El Salvador)

Group 8: LA Galaxy (USA), Isidro Metapan (El Salvador), Cartagines (Costa Rica)

TT PRO League 2013

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