Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 27th 2013 Contents mall Lane in their first
league game in
United reached the
play-offs last season
and is tipped to chal-
lenge at the top of the
division again this
time. But Boucaud,
who was one of the
standouts for Notts as
they finished in 12th
place last season, does
not fear them.
"Big club, big game," Boucaud said.
"It s the first game of the season and we ve got
to get off to a good start. It doesn t matter who it s
against, we ve got to go out and try to get three
points. We re not going to be daunted going there."
Boucaud had a couple of good showings for T&T
in their recent outings against Estonia and Romania
and is in the squad for the upcoming Gold Cup.
Hoyte to embrace Gold Cup challenge
He s worn the England shirt at the international
youth level and he s lined up for Arsenal and Mid-
dlesbrough against some of the best modern day
players in England. But Justin Hoyte says running
out for T&T in the Concacaf Gold Cup will be among
his biggest moments in the game.
Hoyte made his debut for T&T in a recent 4--0
loss to Romania in Bucharest and is likely to play a
role in T&T s opener against El Salvador on July 8
in New Jersey.
"If the coaches see it fit and I m in the squad then
it s going to be a huge honour for me. I ve heard
about the Gold Cup and I think this will be a massive
opportunity for the country," Hoyte said.
"This will be a proud moment for me and also for
all the guys when we take the pitch at the Gold Cup,"
Hoyte is currently in camp with the senior team,
preparing under new head coach Stephen Hart.
"The preparations have been going well. The vibe
has been good and the new coach Stephen Hart has
been doing a good job. He s settling in well and we ll
try to do everything he wants from us. I think all the
guys are focused on the job ahead. We re working
hard and trying to get the preparations going as best
as possible so that we re ready for the three teams
that we face in the opening round next month," he
T&T faces El Salvador on July 8, Haiti on July 12
and Honduras three days later.
Chivas defender joins El Salvador for Gold Cup
Chivas USA defender Steven Purdy has joined El
Salvador s national team for the Gold Cup, where
they will first face T&T at the Red Bull Arena on July
8. The Salvadoran team, who has been training in El
Salvador for a couple of weeks, will be traveling to
the United States in early July.
Purdy, who has already been capped by El Salvador
on 13 occasions, was recently a member of their team
in a 2--1 loss to Venezuela.
Purdy spoke about facing T&T and Haiti adding,
"These are a lot of teams that have a lot of athleticism
and players that are a little bit taller than maybe
what we are used to," said the defender. "I think the
preparation will be very important but also being
able to play our game; to play Salvadoran soccer
where we are playing a lot more touching soccer."
"I m very familiar with all my team-mates there
at El Salvador, and one of players with more caps,
so I hope to be able to show my leadership with the
team. This is a great opportunity for me. A great
tournament like the Gold Cup is a tournament that
everyone is watching here in this region and I think
we have the players to do well and the team to make
it far," Purdy added.
Shaun Fuentes is the media officer for the
TTFA/Soca Warriors -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE PRO LOOK
National defender Carlyle Mitchell is sure
to be a key member of this country s defensive
line up at the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup.
Mitchell is back in the Vancouver Whitecaps
team and has admitted that the playing time
with the American MLS club has benefitted him
in recent weeks. He was recalled to the Whitecaps
team from Edmonton FC.
The central defender feels playing in Edmonton
under former Whitecaps assistant coach and
current interim Canada boss Colin Miller over
the past couple of months, has helped his game.
"The loan at FC Edmonton has been a pretty
good experience," Mitchell said. "I got playing
time under my belt, so I ve got to bring some
of my experience from FC Edmonton to this
"Now I m focusing on my game and I m happy
with the way things have gone. I m also looking
forward to rejoining the national team for the
Gold Cup which is going to be a big tournament
Boucaud relishing clash with Sheffield
Midfielder Andre Boucaud says he s relishing
Notts County facing Sheffield United on the
opening day of the new English League One
season. The Magpies will play the Blades at Bra-
Mitchell enjoys Vancouver experience
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