John Wants Out

Marc Purcell
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For a couple of Trinidad and Tobago players it is not going to be hard to say good-bye. Both Stern John and Ansil Elcock want out of the MLS for different reasons.

Stern John wants to leave the Columbus Crew because of the treatment he received on and off the field. This includes being on the end of racial abuse by a former US national player during a game with New York. John was angry that the incident was ignored by the MLS.

What Columbus wants to do is sign John for a small fee then turn around and sell him to a European team for a higher fee.

Ansil Elcock is also upset at the Crew management. Elcock is looking for more money to ply his trade. Ansil who is ranked in the top ten defenders in the MLS by Soccer America, has a beef with management over the fact that he has played almost every game for Columbus but still makes less money than a player who only appeared in half of Columbus' games all season. That player make US$ 80,000 more than Elcock.

Elcock and John are looking towards Europe. Elcock is waiting for a call from a Swedish team and John cant leave his phone on the hook for the fear of going insane from the constant ringing.

John and Elcock made there final appearance of the season for Columbus in a 2-1 lost to Chicago. John scored the only item for Columbus on a 20 yard bullet.

Latapy impressive again

Russell Latapy continues to impress at Hibernian. Latapy made his debut before the home fans at Easter Road and did not disappointment. Once again he failed to make a wrong pass and constantly caused problems for the Clydebank defense. Hibernian won the game 2-1 to continue there unbeaten run at seven games.

After the game Russell gave a interview to the Hibernian web site. You can listen to it by clicking here.

I have created a special section on Russell Latapy and all the articles that have come out in the Scottish newspapers about him that has been made available via Erinweb.

This weekend is the Scottish edition of the Trini derby. It will pit Latapy, Rougier and Hibernian versus Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers.

Yorke continues onslaught

Every country has one. Every country has a sports team that dominates a particular sport and fans have a love-hate relationship with them. On this side of the Atlantic there is the New York Yankees in baseball and the Denver Broncos in American football. Across the "pond" it is Manchester United.

Dwight Yorke and Manchester United continued there good form of late with a 5-0 beating of Brondy of Denmark in Champions League action on Wednesday. Yorke scored in the 61st minute to further silence critics who thought that he could not score in European competition.

The win propelled Man U to the top of group D with eight points one ahead of Bayern Munich. United have two games left in Champions League competition versus Munich at home and Barcelona at the Nau Camp.

The victory in Europe comes after a 4-1 win last weekend in the Premiership versus Everton with Yorke finding the back of the net for the sixth time this season.

Nixon and Zurich advance

It was not supposed to be this easy. However, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich advanced to the third round of the UEFA cup. They defeated Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic 4-1 on the strength of a four goal barrage in the second half. Nixon came on with twelve minutes to go in the game. Zurich's next oppenents will be Italian club Roma.

In the shooting range...

Talk about showing off in your face. Shaka Hislop sent a clear message to the management of the Newcastle football club last weekend by shuting out his former club. West Ham won the game 3-0.

David Nahkid and Evans Wise were placed on waivers by there repective clubs in the MLS.

In the starting lineup...

Dwight Yorke and Manchester United will face Newcastle. Shaka Hislop and West Ham will face Chelsea.

Clint Marcelle and Barnsley faces Bury.

In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich faces Grasshoppers in the Zurich derby.

In Portugal, Leonson Lewis and Amadora faces Marítimo.