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A win tonight against visiting Arabe Unido of
Panama would propel DirecTV W Connection into
an improved position of qualifying out of the 2013-
2014 Concacaf Champions League group stage,
whereas a defeat for the Stuart Charles Fevrier-
coached club could end its quarter-final round
Presently, Connection (one point) sits at the bot-
tom of Group One, trailing leader Houston Dynamo
(four points) and second-positioned Arabe (three
points). But, with each club having two matches
still to play, and based on points, Connection are
still within a chance of qualifying out of the group.
"We have been working tremendously on prepa-
rations for these games and I am very confident
that we can do what s needed to win these games,"
said Connection assistant coach and former CCL
striker Earl Jean.
"We have our home game (today) and we are very
confident that we can turn it around."
If Connection was to win its remaining two match-
es (against Arabe on today and against Dynamo on
September 25) to finish with seven points, and Hous-
ton was to defeat Arabe in the final group match
on October 24, in Panama, to also end with seven
points, goal difference will be the first method of
the tie-breaker according to regulations.
Rule 2.3 of the Concacaf Champions League reg-
ulations states: Tie-Breakers (ties among group
stage winners)--should the group winners be tied
on points, the order of the teams will be determined
in the following manner: Best goal difference; Most
goals scored; Most goals scored away from home;
Most wins; Most away wins, and Drawing of lots.
And, if Arabe was to defeat Dynamo in their final
group match, then Connection, once registering
wins in their remaining two matches, will auto-
matically move into the CCL quarter-final/cham-
Connection will host Arabe, which boasts former
Savonnetta Boys goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd, from 8
pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
The home side will attempt to turn around a 3-1
defeat suffered on August 8 against the Panamanian
champions in the first leg at the Estadio Rommel
Back then, a first half brace by Humberto Ward
(20th and 32nd minutes) and an early second half
item by Jose Gonzalez (53rd minute) did the damage
against Connection, which pulled a goal back through
second half substitute Neil Benjamin Jr (75th minute).
And, against Dynamo in its second CCL group
match, Connection was held to a goalless draw after
squandering at least three clear cut chances at Port-
of-Spain, on August 20.
Jean added, "I think because we were coming off
pre-season and didn t have the games under our
belt as we needed, it affected us against Arabe in
the first game. But after looking over the videos of
the game we did play a good game but allowed a
couple soft goals that cost us the game.
"Against Dynamo we played really well also but
didn t put away our chances. But, now we have a
couple more matches under our belt, I m very con-
fident we can win against Arabe."
Domestically Connection kicked off its 2013-2014
Digicel Pro League campaign last weekend with a
7-0 hammering of St Ann s Rangers at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium, and a week earlier defended its
Digicel Charity Shield with a 4-2 win over Defence
"As always when you win a game of such margin
(7-0) to start your league it gives your team a con-
fidence boost. We have been doing a lot of finishing
and the results prove that we just need to take our
chances. We are now hoping that the players take
the chances the same way on today," said the assis-
tant Connection coach.
affair vs Arabe
Kithson Bain is
regarded as one of the
top forwards in the
Caribbean and his
exploits are well known,
especially by T&T which
he has devoured in the
Today, he will become
part of the TT Pro-
League club Caledonia
AIA following his recent
Bain, a Grenadian
national striker arrived
in T&T and was included
in Caledonia s 20-man
squad which was to face
Deportivo Toluca in last
night s Concacaf Cham-
pions League clash at the
Hasely Crawford Stadi-
offer the club and I m
very excited, because
honestly, playing here is
something I always
wanted to do and I m
thankful Mr Shabazz
(Jamaal) is giving me the
opportunity to showcase
my talent in Trinidad,"
said the 31-year-old Bain.
The 5 10" striker is
considered a bully on the
ball, often times using his
muscular physique to
have his way with
defenders. But, Bain con-
fessed upon his arrival
that he does not expect
to have a walk in the park
in the Caribbean s pre-
mier professional league.
"I remember playing
many of times against
Trinidad and while I
would have my way with
them, I can always
remember working hard
to get those goals. But
that s what I like to do;
work hard at the top and
hopefully my presence
here can help Caledonia
win the league and finish
the Champions League
on a high note," Bain said.
Caledonia head coach
Jamaal Shabazz described
Bain s signing as "some-
thing we desperately
need right now".
Grenada's Bain signs for Caledonia
Caledonia AIA's newest
Grenadian Kithson Bain.
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