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Jones is the target of
English clubs West
Bromwich Albion and
Hull City as the new
Jones teamed up with
current club Stoke City
in the United States for
their current preseason
tour following T&T s exit
from the Concacaf Gold
Cup with a 1-0 loss to
Mexico in Atlanta on Saturday.
The big forward, who wore the cap-
tain s armband in T&T s two final
matches, was impressive, scoring two
goals including a well taken strike in
the 2-2 draw with El Salvador and
earned much praise from the interna-
tional media covering the tournament.
But it appears that the new man-
agement team at Stoke City, despite
being pleased about his performance
at the Gold Cup, didn t fancy him being
away from the club s training camp.
"Being new to the club and players,
it would be better to have him here,"
said assistant manager Mark Bowen.
"But we know he will be match fit and
raring to go when he does join up with
"I m not sure how high the standard
is over there, but we expect him to hit
the ground running when he returns."
Jones added that he would focus on
the upcoming season saying, "I was
pleased to have represented the country
and seeing that we put on a respectable
showing at the Gold Cup was most
satisfying. We can only grow from this.
"Next up for me will be continuing
to work hard and hopefully carrying
this into the new season."
comparison with T&T
Jamaica football Federation (JFF)
president Captain Horace Burrell made
a comparison with this country as he
spoke of Jamaica s attempt to rekindle
it s World Cup qualifying hopes with
the signing of German Winfried Schae-
fer as the new head coach of the Reggae
Burrell was pleading for more finan-
cial support as the JFF had only received
funding from Traffic Sports to assist.
"We could not ever pay Mr Schaefer
what he deserves and what he really
wanted, but I am really happy that he
has been able to settle with the terms
and conditions that we can afford," said
Burrell said the JFF s move to hire a
foreign coach in Schaefer was the right
"Looking at T&T moving ahead with
their development and expertise, I am
sure as a Jamaica people, we are not
prepared to sit down and sit back not
to do everything within our powers to
get the best in terms of technical assis-
tance to advance our national pro-
grammes," Burrell said.
"I think it is very important for us
to recognise and for us to develop a
level of confidence in the new coach,
and also, he must have a comfort level
working with us. I think that it is going
to work both ways."
press hails T&T
Apart from the dismal
showing in the second
Group encounter against
Haiti, T&T s senior team
earned plaudits for a deter-
mined and workmanlike
showing at the Gold Cup.
From the opening match,
the evidence was there to sug-
gest that this T&T team
meant business, silencing a partisan El Sal-
vadorian crowd early on with Keon Daniel s
go ahead goal and then having the last
cheer when Kenwyne Jones grabbed a late
equaliser for the "Soca Warriors."
The victory over Honduras surprised
many in the press box at the Gold Cup
and a valiant effort against the six-
time Gold Cup champions last Saturday
in Atlanta was well noted.
"I think what we ve seen of T&T has
to be commendable," said ex-American
player Cobi Jones, who was doing com-
mentary for Fox Soccer. "A lot of people
would have expected the game to be
much different with a dominant Mex-
ican team but that was not the case.
Trinidad deserves some credit."
Fox Soccer columnist Kyle McCarthy
said, "This match presented more prob-
lems than El Tri or its supporters likely
expected. The gulf between the teams
on paper looked sizable, but Trinidad s
cohesive and robust effort closed the
"It took a bit longer than expected
against a resolute opponent capable of
frustrating Mexico for long stretches and
pushing forward menacingly for coun-
terattacking and set piece opportunities.
Few could have argued if the match
entered into extra time based on the deter-
mination present in this T&T display."
The anticipation of a possible upset
by T&T was obvious in the press box
as the match progressed, particularly
among USA and Panama correspon-
dents and other Central Americans at
"This was an excellent half of football
by both teams," Fifa director Walter
Gagg said at half time. "I am very
pleased to see the efforts of T&T," the
gets high rating
The performance of T&T goalkeeper
Jan Michael Williams at the Gold Cup
earned the St Ann s Ranger s custodian
a nomination for one of the best saves
of the tournament.
His superb one hand save in the dying
stages of T&T s 2-2 draw with El Salvador
was also recognised by Fox Soccer as the
"Save of the week." The former W Con-
nection keeper was also in top form in
the 1-0 loss to Mexico.
"It s down to hard work at the end
of the day. I decided that I wanted to
be in top shape for this tournament
because being there meant a lot for all
of us. In the end our run finished in
the quarter finals but I m proud of the
way we performed," Wiliams said.
Shaun Fuentes is the media officer
for Soca Warriors/TTFA
T&T goal-keeper Jan-Michael Williams collides with Mark Blanco Pineda of El Salvador as his T&T team-
mates Daneil Cyrus, left, Kenwyne Jones and Joevin Jones come in to support in their teams opening match
in the Concacaf Gold Cup match on July 8 in Harrison, New Jersey.
Hull City, West Bromwich target Jones
THE PRO LOOK
BY SHAUN FUENTES
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