More Goals For John

Marc Purcell
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Just before the Gold Cup a scout from Dutch giants PSV saw Stern John in action on tape with his old club in New Orleans and with the national team. He said that if he is half as good in person, he will be in a PSV uniform when the season starts. That was several months ago and a scout is somewhere kicking himself for letting John play in the US. Stern John has become the most prolific striker in the US top league.

Stern John scored his third hat trick of the season to move him within one goal of tying the leading scorer in the MLS.

Surprisingly John did not start for Columbus and came on in the 53rd minute with something to prove. It took him just 18 minutes to put his name on the scoring sheet. He received a square ball from cousin and fellow Trinidad and Tobago international Ansil Elcock after a quickly taken free kick by Brian McBride. "He was mad that he didn't start," Elcock said speaking to Sportsnet Ohio. "That's why I gave him the first goal. I could have scored on was such a great through ball from Brian (McBride)."

John scored his second goal in the 79th minute on a great through ball from the talented Jamaican midfielder Andy Williams. John completed his hat trick when once again found himself on the end of a Andy Williams pass.

The goals by John move him to fifthteen in 18 games. He is one behind Roy (the butcher of Joe Public) Lassiter and El Salvador's Raul Diaz Arce for the goal scoring lead.

Warner cleans house...(only at Joe Public)

Call him "Jack the knife." FIFA Vice President and owner of Joe Public Jack Warner decided to cut several players from the roster after the 8-0 beating they received from DC United in the CONCACAF Club championship.

Gone from the squad is former national striker Arnold Dwarika, Angus Eve, Sierra Leone striker Mc Unisa Conteh, current national players Shurland David, Lyndon Andrews and Tobago-born midfielder Lyndon George.

Warner was not pleased with the result and decided to revamp the club by cutting the high price talent and removing the perks that made Joe Public the most expensive club in T&T. With the cutting of the high price players, team management has decided to draft members of the youth teams into the senior squad.

Yorke begins last season at Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager John Gregory has finally resigned himself that he will lose Dwight Yorke. Gregory who has rejected offers from Manchester United, says that he has one year to find a replacement for Yorke. Convincing Gregory that Yorke will leave the club is the fact that the Tobago born striker has not signed a new long term contract with the Birmingham based club.

Speaking to CarlingNet Gregory said: "He won't sign a new contract. That's it. I don't think I can convince him to sign a new contract and we have 12 months to get a replacement for him.

"I genuinely believe that if Yorke has an outstanding season then the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan will be knocking on his door - and they are seriously big clubs with serious money.

"I want to be able to attract those sort of clubs and then we would have to listen to offers for him because Dwight would have only one year left of his contract next summer.

"It's a big incentive to do well for Dwight because he wants his name up in lights on the biggest stages - and that will happen if he performs for us this year.

"It's not the money. He's not going to go to the J-League in Japan for a load of dosh.''

Yorke will have to be sold before next summer in order for Villa to receive a good price for him. Under the Bosman ruling, Aston Villa will loose the rights to Yorke even though he still would have one year left in his contract with the club.

The Bosman ruling is like the Curtis Flood decision in baseball that outlawed the reserve clause that kept players tied to there clubs for life. Essentially the Bosman ruling is the bringing of free agency to European football. Previously, football players remained tied to there clubs even after there contracts had ended. Now once a player's contract is over he is free to move to any club he wishes.

Players love he ruling because they get a greater portion of the fee. Fifa extended the ruling to non European players last year to cover all players in Europe.

In the shooting range...

Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich placed themselves in a good position to qualify for the UEFA cup when they beat Schachtor 4-0 at home. The return leg is in the Ukraine in two weeks.

Peter Lewis is back at the Charleston Battery. He was signed by the Battery for the rest of the season. Lewis, a 32 year old defender has 62 international caps with the national team.

Yorke started for Aston Villa this weekend in the English season opener. Villa tied Everton 0-0.

Shaka Hislop started between the uprights for his new club West Ham on Saturday. Hislop who left Newcastle on a free transfer, was rarely tested. He was forced to only one good save in the game by a overhead kick by a Sheffield Wednesday striker. West Ham won the game 1-0.

In Scotland, Despite having over 90 percent of the possession Tony Rougier and Hibernian lost to Stranraer 2-1.

Across the Atlantic, Mickey Trotman and Dallas completed a 1-0 win over Colorado. David Nahkid and New England defeated Evans Wise and Tampa Bay 2-1 in a shoot out.