Jamalco look to parish’s youth

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first_img “These (young) players played other leagues. I watched them and the quality they possess. They can manage and match up with the Premier League boys. It’s just getting them in the right shape [and] mindset and to go in the league and perform well,” said Johnson. “Sometimes, when you have too much experienced players, they break down the team, so we want a quality team that is going to work together, but we have to take it a game at a time and not focus on the long season ahead,” he added. Jamalco will debut against last season’s beaten finalists, Portmore United, at Juici-Patties playing field, and Johnson is comfortable with his team’s progress going into the season. “We are just fine-tuning to hit the Premier League. We have played a few practice games and I am comfortable. There is room for improvement, but I am comfortable. Jamalco is a good defensive team and we have a strong attack, so we will be good enough in attack and protect what we have,” he said. “The first game against Portmore, we will try to start on a high and maintain it. It will get tougher as the season goes on and teams will get tougher, but we have to gain all the points we can in the early rounds and see how much we can accumulate. But we will be taking it one step at a time,” he added. No player has left the club. Jamalco Football Club will make their first appearance in the nation’s top flight, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), this season. However, unlike most Premier League debutants, the Clarendon club is not making a desperate bid to contract players with Premiership experience. On the contrary, coach Rayon Johnson is banking on the parish’s young talent, and he’s confident that they’ll come good during the season. “We have added a couple new players, but we haven’t added any with any Premier League experience,” he told The Gleaner. “We try to get young players who are talented from the parish. We have one player (Sean Coleman) with Premier League experience. He came on loan from Humble Lion and we’ve still retained that player. We haven’t gone in search on any other player from any Premier League club,” he revealed. Johnson believes that experience is overrated, noting that experienced players usually cause distractions in the teams. GETTING PLAYERS READYlast_img read more

Carli Lloyd, a World Cup starter again, scores 2 as US beats Chile

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first_imgThe victory over Chile was more subdued than the U.S. team’s record-breaking rout of Thailand. The Americans celebrated every goal even after the win was well in hand, and the display offended many who thought the champions should have shown more class. The controversy clouded the run-up to the match against Chile.Several of the American players reached out to their Thai counterparts following the match. Lloyd exchanged encouraging words and tweets with goalkeeper Sukanya Chor Charoenying, and FIFA posted an interview with Thailand’s coach thanking the U.S. players for being professional and playing well.After such a rout, Jill Ellis made sweeping changes to the starting lineup against Chile, including a new front line with Lloyd, Christen Press and Mallory Pugh. Alex Morgan was moved to the bench along with Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath.Becky Sauerbrunn, who sat out the match against Thailand because of a minor quad injury, returned and anchored a backline that included 20-year-old Tierna Davidson, who was making her World Cup debut. Davidson is the youngest player to start for the United States in a World Cup since Tiffany Roberts against Norway in 1995.Chile made just one lineup change, starting midfielder Claudia Soto in place of Yanara Aedo.Chile lost its opener to Sweden 2-0, but Endler was solid in that game, too, keeping the Swedes out of the goal until 83rd minute. The second goal got past the 6-footer in stoppage time.Julie Ertz scored in the 26th minute with a header off a corner kick from Davidson that Endler got her hands on but couldn’t stop. It was Ertz’s first World Cup goal and came with her husband Zach Ertz, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles, looking on.Endler denied Lloyd another chance at the hat trick when she tipped the U.S. captain’s shot over the net in the 72nd minute.Sweden also advanced out of Group F with a victory 5-1 victory over Thailand earlier Sunday in Nice. Japan, playing in Group D with England, also went through to the knockout stage because both the United States and Sweden won.Former Vice President Joe Biden was among the U.S. team’s well-wishers before the sold-out game at Parc des Princes stadium. Biden, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, referenced the team’s lawsuit against U.S. Soccer alleging gender discrimination and seeking equitable pay. Lloyd was the hero of the World Cup in Canada four years ago when she scored three goals in the final against Japan that gave the Americans their third World Cup title. But she was on the bench when the U.S. opened the tournament, even though she scored later as a substitute in the 13-0 victory over Thailand.“I know that my ability is there, I know this is my best version of me. I’ve just got to go out there and prove it,” she said. “Whether that’s coming off the bench and making an impact, whether that’s starting and getting the opportunity, which I’m grateful for, I’m just trying to make the most of it. I want to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLloyd became the first player to score in six straight World Cup matches with her goal in the 11th minute.She added another on a header off a corner in the 35th for her 10th career World Cup goal, which moved her into third on the U.S. list behind Abby Wambach (14) and Michelle Akers (12). At 36, she became the oldest player to have a multi-goal game in the tournament. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “As we cheer them on in the World Cup, we must support their fight off the field for equal pay. In 2019, it’s past time we close the pay gap and ensure women get paid as much as men,” Biden tweeted.U.S. soccer maintains the two teams have different pay structures because of separate collective bargaining agreements.But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship.The United States plays Sweden on Thursday to wrap up the group stage. It is the first meeting between the two teams since Sweden ousted the Americans from the quarterfinals at the 2016 Olympics.Chile wraps up the group with a match against Thailand on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP United States’ forward Carli Lloyd (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women’s World Cup Group F football match between USA and Chile, on June 16, 2019, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)PARIS — Carli Lloyd wasn’t thrilled to open the Women’s World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start.When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over Chile. The win pushed the United States into the round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NASCAR overturns victory for first time since 1960 She nearly got another hat trick — which would have made her the first player with two in the World Cup — but her penalty kick in the 81st minute went wide left.“It’s haunting me right now,” Lloyd said. “Wasn’t good enough.”The score could have been worse for Chile without unshakable goalkeeper Christiane Endler, who finished with six saves and fended off a flurry of U.S. shots in the second half.Endler was named player of the match.“I love the balls coming towards me and being able to showcase my skills,” she said through a translator. “Obviously it’s difficult to maintain concentration. I think in the first half it was difficult for me to get into the game. I think the second half went better for me and in general for the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Barcelona launch campaign backing sentenced Lionel Messi

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first_imgBarcelona have launched a campaign in support of Lionel Messi and his father Jorge after the Argentine pair were sentenced to prison terms this week over tax fraud.The campaign, under the hashtag #WeAreAllLeoMessi, asks Barcelona fans to “express their sympathy for the greatest footballer in the world by voicing their unconditional support on social networks.”Messi, 29, has played his entire club career for Barcelona.”We want Leo to know that he is not alone,” the club said on their website (www.cfbarcelona.com). “All members, supporters clubs, fans, athletes, media and everyone else are invited to participate.” (Also read: Football without Messi isn’t football, says Barca team-mate Neymar)Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu also tweeted: “Leo, those who attack you are attacking Barca and its history. We’ll defend you to the end. Together forever!”A Barcelona city court sentenced Messi and his father on Wednesday to prison terms of 21 months after they were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud, although it is unlikely they will spend time behind bars. (Also read: Lionel Messi might leave Barcelona, fears La Liga president)Spanish law is such that any sentence under two years for a non-violent crime rarely requires a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time and a spokeswoman for the court confirmed Messi was unlikely to be imprisoned.It is the second campaign in support of Messi in the last two weeks. (Also read: Lionel Messi likely to return for Argentina, linked to Chelsea)Argentines have called on him to reverse his retirement from international football, a decision he took after his country’s loss on penalties to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final in the United States on June 26.advertisementIt was the fourth final in a major international tournament and third as Argentina captain that Messi has been on the losing side, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more