Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 8th 2015 Contents A45
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T&T women s off-
eight for 23 in the
team s eight-wicket
win over the Wind-
ward Islands on
"Doping is like
making love, you
need two to do it, the
doctor and the ath-
MICHEL PLATINI on
knowledge of their
breaking the rules.
CARIB GREAT RACE PREVIEW
The Alcons Football Academy, the
youth arm of the Malta Carib Alcons,
will tour Suriname for a four match
series from August 8-15.
The Under 17 team has been under-
going training sessions under coach
Earl Solomon and supervised by Alvin
and Anton Corneal since its entry to
A number of very talented players
have been drilled towards preparation
for any competitive situation in the
future while studying for their CXC
examinations next year.
The requirement from these young-
sters include their commitment to
studies, together with their football
The Academy is currently starting
their plans to tour Germany in May
next year with both their senior and
Under 17 teams. They last toured Ger-
many in May of 1984.
Alcons footballers off to Suriname
Digicel T&T Pro League and
Caribbean Football Union Club cham-
pions had a tough debut outing in the
2015/16 Scotiabank Concacaf Cham-
pions League (SCCL) bowing to an
understrength LA Galaxy 5-1 at the
StubHub Center, Carson, California
on Thursday night.
Five players scored for the host in
Group D encounter, including Mexico
international Giovani dos Santos in his
club debut while Alan Gordon, Raul
Mendiola, Gyasi Zardes and Ignacio
Maganto also found the back of the
net. T&T international midfielder
Ataullah Guerra converted a penalty
kick for Central, which was playing its
first game since winning the CFU Club
crown in May.
With new coach Ross Russell at the
helm, Central FC which won seven titles
domestically in T&T last season was
hopeful of making a positive start
against the US Major League Soccer
But it was not the case as the host
after coming close twice early on took
the lead in the fourth minute with Gor-
don heading home at the far post off
Zardes cross from the right side of the
box, with the Central FC defence all at
Only two minutes later, Central
equalized on Guerra s kick from the
spot after referee Christopher Reid ruled
that Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe
fouled Willis Plaza in the box. Strangely
Rowe was not even shown a yellow
The "Couva Sharks" then began to
settle down with speedy striker Willis
Plaza causing a few problems while
Sean De Silva looked very composed in
However, the MLS champions
regained the lead for good in the 32nd
minute as Mika Vayrynen sent a lead
pass to an onrushing Mendiola, who
remained onside with Gordon to create
a two-man break.
Mendiola then rounded goalkeeper
Jan-Michael Williams on the right side
and tapped the ball into an empty net
for a 2-1 advantage.
Eight minutes, Galaxy suffered a loss,
as Williams crashed into Mendiola just
outside the penalty area, with the latter
being stretchered off and replaced by
Sebastian Lletget in the 40th while the
Central custodian was cautioned.
The host extended its lead to 3-1 in
the 55th minute when defender Keion
Goodridge took down Gordon in the
box and Zardes powered his penalty
into the upper right corner past
Williams for his first career SCCL goal.
After dos Santos came on for Gordon
in the 57th minute, he gave the Galaxy
faithful more reason to celebrate in the
76th minute, slipping Rafael Garcia s
left-wing feed into the far right corner
for a 4-1 bulge.
Signed from Spain s Villareal two
weeks ago, Dos Santos then turned
playmaker in the 84th minute, setting
up Maganto just outside the box and
paving the way for the 23-year-old s
first SCCL tally.
The Galaxy next meets Comunica-
ciones on August 18, while Central plays
at the Guatemalan side nine days later.
LA Galaxy drubs Central FC
LA Galaxy 5 (Alan Gordon 3rd,
Raul Mendiola 31st, Gyasi Zardes
54th pen, Giovani Dos Santos 75th,
Ignacio Maganto 83rd) vs Central FC
1 (Ataulla Guerra 5th pen)
GROUP D RESULTS
Central FC: 21. Jan-Michael
Williams, 3. Keion Goodridge, 15.
Kaydion Gabriel, 12. Jamal Jack, 2.
Elton John, 5. Akeem Benjamin, 8.
Sean De Silva, 45. Ataulla Guerra, 7.
Jason Marcano (19. Nathaniel Garcia
60th), 11. Darren Mitchell (24. Kevon
Villaroel 69th), 33. Willis Plaza (6.
Kerry Baptiste 73rd).
Subs not used: 30. Akel Clarke, 17.
Marcelle Francois, Nicholas Dillon
LA Galaxy: 12. Brian Rowe, 33.
Dan Gargan, 27. David Romney, 21.
Tommy Meyer, 25. Rafael Garcia, 15.
Ignacio Maganto, 3. Mika Vayrynen,
34. Kenney Walker, 40. Raul
Mendiola (17. Sebastien Lletget
39th), 11. Gyasi Zardes (20. A.J De
La Garza 77th), 9. Alan Gordon
(10.Giovani Dos Santos 56th).
Subs not used: 31. Andrew
Wolverton, 4. Omar Gonzalez, 14.
Robbie Rogers, 19. Juninho
Last year s D Class runner up Chris
Gone Wilder will be looking to go one
better when it takes to the water at this
year s Carib Great Race on August 22.
Having had a satisfactory debut a
year ago, finishing a minute behind
class winner Bacchanal, its crew has
set its sights on becoming the premier
boat in the group.
Speaking to the Guardian yesterday,
driver/navigator Curtis Charles said he
and throttleman Jeffrey Simmons would
not be holding anything back.
"Last year was touch and go since
we didn t have a chance to play around
with the boat before the race," he said.
"This year we ll be a force to be reck-
Leading up to the big race, the 36
Cigarette hull has undergone some
major changes, bringing in two custom
built engines in place of its Mercury
inboards. Charles said the team could
not be complacent against a strong
field including Bacchanal, newcomer
Fastrack, Pappi Chulo, Sherrif Lobo
and Ultra Rush. "This year it s great.
Everybody has made changes and is
coming out strong. Nobody is there to
make up numbers. Everybody is there
to win the class and win the Great
Race." While he predicted a dogfight
for honors, Charles said he was con-
fident about coming out on top.
"I would say our chances are 100
percent. I m not going to let anyone
else come in and steal my glory. I m
sure they all feel the same way, but
we re going for that glory... There are
six boats in the class, including a Bowen,
a Fountain, a Cat and an Extreme. All
are different but all are capable of put-
ting down the punch. Our strategy is
to capitalise on their weak points. Once
we reach the boca, everybody will have
to play catch up with us."
Charles has been a Great Race regular
over the past decade, serving successful
stints aboard Papi Chulo, Transbro-
kerage and Chris Gone Wild. Meanwhile
Simmons s experience goes back over
30 years, over which time he has raced
on Hurry Curry, Rage, Thunder, Alien
and Slight Pepper.
Chris Gone Wild seeking a change of fortune
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