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Members of this country s senior
team will get the opportunity to train
at the Argentina Football Association
National Training Centre in Ezeiza
ahead of the June 4 friendly interna-
tional against Argentina.
This is the same state-of-the-art
facility where Barcelona star Lionel
Messi, Sergio Aguero and the rest of the
Argentina team trains for international
matches. The T&T team is also expected
to be based at the live-in facilities at
the Centre. Messi underwent tests and
received treatment for a hamstring injury
last December at the same venue.
The T&T team is likely to arrive there
around June 1 ahead of the match in La
"It provides us with a good oppor-
tunity to train at what is the best training
facility in Argentina and possibly one
of the better and more advanced ones
in South America," T&T head coach
Stephen Hart said.
"This is all part of the purpose of
such a trip, not only to gain the much
needed exposure in playing Argentina
but also to utilise their facilities which
I think will be good for our players.
Again the game promises to be nothing
less than a difficult challenge for us
because of the fact that the Argentines
will be heading straight into the World
Cup mere days later and will be in prime
condition at that stage of their prepa-
T&T will also play World Cup bound
Iran in Sao Paolo on June 8.
Union releases Daniel
T&T midfielder Keon Daniel was
on Monday released from American
Major League Soccer club Philadel-
Since joining the Union in March
2011, Daniel made 64 appearances,
including 46 starts, but had yet to
play this season. Officially, Daniel's
departure came via "a contract ter-
mination by mutual consent,"
according to a statement.
With the Union, the 27-year-old
scored two goals and recorded four
assists while logging 4,126 minutes.
"We think this move is the best
decision for both Keon's career and
our club," Union manager John
Hackworth said in the release.
"We wish him luck and thank
him for his contributions."
Daniel was also dropped from
the national team by Hart last
November after missing a flight for
T&T's friendly international away
to Jamaica. Daniel netted T&T's
first goal at last year's Concacaf
Gold Cup in the 2-2 draw with El
Salvador in New Jersey.
Carlos strikes stuns Wigan
Just a couple weeks after com-
pleting a loan move to Millwall,
veteran midfielder Carlos Edwards
showed that he's still got the legs
as he struck a 22nd minute winner
to lead his side to a 1-0 victory over
Wigan Athletic and improve their
chances of avoiding relegation from
the English Championship Division.
According to reports, Edwards sent
the Millwall fans into a frenzy after
the match had a quiet opening.
The former Sunderland man
raced down the right wing and his
effort deflected off Leon Barnett
and in over Carson.
Wigan were second best,
although Jack Collison did force
David Forde into a decent save.
"It's a massive win for us and
this puts us into a better position
now heading towards the finish,"
Edwards said. "I felt great also as
this shows there's a bit of spark in
the legs still," he laughed.
"I think it gives us a lot more
hope now and the players believe
that we can go on to get more good
results and ensure that we stay up
for next season."
Dwight: Welbeck not
a big game player
Dwight Yorke has come out and
said that England international
Danny Welbeck has failed to deliver
the goods for Manchester United
when it really matters.
"We know in the past that the
one thing lacking in Danny's game
is his opportunity to put away the
big moments in the big games,"
Yorke said on Sky Sports following
the striker's miss in the Champions
League first leg encounter against
Bayern Munich last week.
"I am sure he will be looking
back at this moment and thinking
'why have I done that?' Everything
about that was not how you should
finish a goal---he made it a lot easier
for the goalkeeper.
"The last thing you need is to
go straight down the goalkeeper's
throat; you need to shift that ball
to the goalkeeper's right and then
he would have had an open goal.
World Cup story
Dennis Lawrence has been mak-
ing big strides in the coaching
world as he serves as an assistant
to Roberto Martinez at Everton.
Lawrence relayed some insight
in recent newspaper reports in the
UK about his time under Leo Been-
hakker and how it affected T&T's
World Cup qualifying win over
Bahrain. Lawrence suffered a ham-
string strain in the 1-1 first leg draw
"He said to me Dennis I need
to have a word with you; Let's go
for a walk," as the team was prepar-
ing to leave PoS for Manama the
same night following the first leg.
"We walked out the hotel door
and were walking in the street and
squad of 20, we have 21 players and
the medical staff have told me they
don't think you'll be fit for the
return leg on Wednesday'.
"Then we got into an argument
in the street in Port of Spain about
whether I would be fit or not?
"We went back in and found a
little corner in the lobby of the hotel
and he called the doctor over, the
assistant manager and myself and
he said Look we've got a situation
here. He says he's going to be fit
and you say he isn't'.
"The doctor said Look Dennis,
from my medical experience I don't
think you'll be fit'. "But for the first
time I stood up for myself and said
Listen doc, it's my body. I'm telling
you I'll be fit'.
"And to be fair to Leo he said
right I'm going with the player'
and he took me to Bahrain."
"Just how pivotal a decision that
would be became clear in the 49th
minute of a tense clash played out
in a hostile atmosphere," the Daily
"Afterwards I'm walking off the
pitch and I saw Leo, I shook his
hand and said Never ever doubt
me again Leo' or words to that
Shaun Fuentes is the director
of communications for the T&T Foot-
T&T to work out at
Argentina training centre
Carlos Edwards celebrates his goal versus Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.
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