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To more than a few fans of
Trinidadian football, Central FC s
involvement in the 2015/16 Sco-
tiabank Concacaf Champions
League (SCCL) will represent a
reunion of sorts.
After all, many of the Sharks
participated in the 2009/10 and
the 2010/11 editions of the annual
continental club competition with
San Juan Jabloteh while some also
have the experience with DirecTV
W Connection and the now
defunct bmobile Joe Public.
Although a relatively new club,
Central FC has been earning hon-
ours at a remarkable rate after it
was founded in July 2012 by former
Soca Warriors defender Brent San-
cho, now the Minister of Sports.
Perhaps ahead of even the most
optimistic timeline, however, it
won both the 2014/15 TT Pro
League and 2015 Caribbean Foot-
ball Union (CFU) Club Champi-
onship titles within the last month.
In addition Central FC also
retained the First Citizens Cup and
won a first Digicel Pro Bowl as
well as topping each round of the
Digicel T&T Pro League to claim
the Akeem Adams, Rawle Fletcher
and Kevon Carter titles as well.
On Monday night at the New
World Symphony Centre on Miami
Beach, USA, Central FC which is
currently in negotiations with
coach Terry Fenwick and a few
first team players after their con-
tracts expired earlier this week was
handed a tough draw in the 24-
team tournament and will meet
US Major League Soccer Cup
champion LA Galaxy, the club of
former England and Liverpool cap-
tain Steven Gerard as well as Ire-
land striker Robbie Keane, and
Guatemalan champion CSD
Comunicaciones in Group D.
The three teams will contest a
home-and-away round robin
series at the end of which the top
team advances to the quarterfinal
and speaking following the draw,
Jason Marcano one of eight players
in the team with CCL experience
said his team was up for the chal-
"We have a lot of players from
Jabloteh, most of the senior players
come from Jabloteh, and with
some younger players, we've for-
malized a unit, got it together and
got it right."
In the CFU competition, which
doubles as a qualifier for the SCCL,
Central went undefeated in four
games (3W-1D-0L), edging local-
rival DirecTV W Connection 2-1
in the final on May 24. Former
Jabloteh standouts Willis Plaza and
Attaulla Guerra were the team's
joint-top scorers with two goals
Prior to the final, Central FC
got the better of Haiti's Don Bosco
3-1 on penalty kicks after a 0-0
draw in the semifinal while it
topped Group One of the CFU
Club Championship qualifiers in
Guyana with wins over Suriname
powerhouse Inter Meongotapoe
(2--0) and Guyana giants Alpha
United (3--1) .
Looking ahead to the CCL
matches, Marcano, who played in
nine CCL matches for previous
club San Juan Jabloteh said: "I
believe in the players that we have,
the quality we have. We played
the whole season as a unit."
For the first time since 2011/12,
T&T had no representation in the
SCCL last term. That absence will
be remedied by the fact that Cen-
tral and W Connection secured
two of the Caribbean's three berths
for this season's tournament.
"We have two T&T teams go to
the highest level and represent the
country at the end of the day,"
expressed a delighted Marcano.
"I'm glad for that. To me it is great.
It shows that we have dominance
in the Caribbean."
What can be anticipated from
Central in SCCL play? Marcano
signaled that we should expect to
see more of the same positives.
"We'll try our best to keep it
right and keep it together," the 33-
The other players in the Central
FC squad with CCL exposure in
the past with Jabloteh includes
Ataulla Guerra, Willis Plaza, Jason
Marcano, Elton John and captain
Williams also has past CCL expe-
rience with W Connection,
defender Keion Goodridge with
Joe Public and midfielders Jean-
Luc Rochford and Kevon Villaroel
with Caledonia and Puerto Rico
W Connection, CFU winners in
2001, 2001 and 2009 and five-
time runners-up faces comes up
against Mexico's 2015 Clasaura
winner Santos Laguna and Costa
Rica's 2014 Invierno champion,
Deportivo Saprissa in Group A.
Central FC's Jason Marcano, left, and captain Marvin Oliver celebrate in
mid-air with a chest-bounce after Marcano scored his team's third goal
in a 4-1 win over Caledonia AIA at the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Mucurapo on Friday May 29. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS.
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