Yorke Disappointing

Marc Purcell
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The reviews are in and Dwight Yorke failed to impress this weekend. Yorke, starting his first game for Manchester United since his transfer on Thursday, all but disappeared for the entire 90 minutes. Yorke had only one chance to score in a somewhat dull game. Yorke suffered from poor service and tight marking in the back that kept him quiet. Manchester United tied West Ham 0-0.

There has been some doubt behind Yorke and whether the amount paid for him was justified. The Telegraph stated that while Yorke has the experience in the Premiership, he lacks the experience playing at the higher levels of European competition.

Yorke's departure has left a bitter taste in the mouths of Villa management and fans. His former manager John Gregory stated: "Dwight Yorke came to see me two weeks ago to tell me he wanted to play for Manchester United and not Aston Villa...If I'd had a gun at the time I would have shot him. What he said really hurt. It really got me."

That sentiment was echoed by Aston Villa fans, who according to reports in the Guardian newspaper in England, slashed the tires of his £90,000 car.

Here is a little something that I came across on Friday just before I hit the bars:

Tommy Tse-Tung:
Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty, watching Dwight Yorke make his pro debut, grumped: "If that lad makes a Premier division footballer, my name is Mao Tse-tung."

Yesterday, Yorke joined United in a 12 million pound transfer fee. Mr. Tse-tung could not be reached for comment.

Bill Lankhof, Toronto Sun

Just a little thing to make you chuckle on Monday morning.

Latapy headed elsewhere.

Don't call off the Russell Latapy sweepstakes just yet. Now that Dwight Yorke is at Manchester United, Russell Latapy is headed elsewhere. Latapy was released by Aston Villa when it became apparent that Yorke wanted to play elsewhere. It was Villa's intention to keep Yorke through the signing of Latapy.

Now come the offers from various English clubs to acquire Latapy. Among the pack is Tottenham Hotspurs, Blackburn and Ipswich Town. There are also Spanish clubs in the running. According to one source Latapy is expected to resurface with a English team later this week. So for now the sweepstakes are still on.

Bertile: Yorke the key

National head coach has said that Dwight Yorke will find himself in a key role for T&T's qualification for the 2002 World Cup. Speaking to the Trinidad Express Bertile stated that he hopes that Yorke recognizes that he owes Trinidad and Tobago something and that he is prepared to work. (Good luck! ). He continued: "...When I go to Manchester, I'll show him how much he could do for us to get to the next World Cup. With players like Jerren Nixon, Dwight Yorke and Stern John, I'm saying we will get to the 2002 World Cup."

Bertile said that the next major goal for T&T is qualification for the Olympic games in 2000. He said what was needed was full scale program and sponsors to prepare his current CAC team for the Olympic qualifying. With continued practice and a major game every three months the current Under 21 team will be prepared for the Olympic tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago finished fourth in the CAC tournament after Costa Rica defeated them 6-1.

John takes the lead.

Hey Mr. Fergusion you missed a bargain! You could have gotten a good striker for less money. Stern John is now tied for the lead in goal scoring in the MLS. John scored his sixteenth and seventeenth goals of the season in a 3-1 Columbus win over Tampa Bay. John is now tied with New England's Raul Diaz-Arce for the lead. However, the El Salvador national player has played seven more games more than John.

John's first goal was typical. After receiving a ball from US national striker Brain McBride, John muscled his way into the penalty box and rifled a shot past the hapless goalkeeper. That evened the score line at 1-1 in the 59th minute. John scored his second goal in the 76th minute when he received a ball with his back turned to the goalie. He controlled the ball, turned and fired a shot past the stunned goalkeeper. With the win Columbus move closer to gaining a play off spot.

European report

Tony Rougier and Hibernian tied Falkirk 1-1 on Saturday. Hibernian were down 1-0 when Rougier's corner kick provided the equalizer in what was described as the best game this weekend in Scotland.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis started for his new team Estelle Amadora when they faced giants Benfica. They lost 2-0 to open the season.

Across the Atlantic

Brian Haynes scored his third goal of the season for Dallas in a 2-1 shot out lost to San Jose.

In the A-league Shawn Boney must have heard about Stern John's exploits, he scored a hat trick versus Albuquerque in a 5-0 win. Gary Glasgow scored in a New Orleans 3-1 lost to Richmond.