T&T To Face Mexico

Marc Purcell
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Trinidad and Tobago will open it's 1999 campaign versus Mexico. They will face the Concacaf's top team in Port of Spain on March 28th. Invited to the team is seven overseas players. They include Russell Latapy, Tony Rougier, Marvin Andrews, Dwight Yorke, Jerren Nixon, David Nahkid and Stern John.

Apart from the surprise exclusion of Clint Marcelle and Ancil Elcock is the inclusion of Russell Latapy. Latapy's apperance on the squad invited to face the Mexicans is a signal that his exile from the national team may be coming to an end. Latapy has not been on a national team since 1996.

The game is part of the launching of the Professional Football League. At a news conference last week Jack Warner outlined the prize money and the level of sponsorship involved in the new league. Some details of the new league:

Major sponsors:
Craven A, Caribbean Communications Network, First Citizens Bank, Neal and Massy Motors and Kenny's Sport Centre.

Eight teams:
Joe Public, Doc's Khelwalaas, Jabloteh, Police, Futgof, Point Fortin Civic Centre, Defence Force and W Connection.

Prize money: First prize of $500,000. Runners-up will take home $300,000, third- placed team $200,000 and the fourth to eighth placed teams $100,000 apiece.

Other details:
Minimum salary is $2,000 per player with there being no salary ceiling. There will be three categories of players - those under contract, non-contract and amateur. "Player of the Year" will receive a Nissan Sentra motor car, sponsored by Neal and Massy. There will also be cash incentives for winners of each of the four rounds and prizes for the most disciplined team as well as the most outstanding coach, referee and assistant referee.

Special thanks to Shaun Fuentes of the Trinidad Guardian.

Yorke to the rescue.

You can call Yorke what ever you want but on Sunday he could have easily gone by: Dwight Yorke "Rescue Ranger." Yorke provided the equalizer in the most anticipated game of the FA Cup tournament between Manchester United and Liverpool which could easily be called a game for the ages.

For eighty-seven minutes Micheal Owen and Liverpool thought they had Dwight Yorke and Manchester United beat. Infact infront of a highly partisian crowd at Old Trafford Micheal Owen scored with just three minutes into the game.

Good defending and sound goalkeeping kept the Red Devils at bay for much of the game. However, it was Yorke who leveled the game in the 88th minute. Andy Cole headed down a ball directly into the path of Yorke who tapped in the ball past David James to level the score. Then two minutes later Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put Manchester United up for good.

Manchester United will face Fulham on the weekend of February 13th & 14th.

In other FA Cup action Clint Marcelle was not in Barnsley's lineup when they defeated Bournemouth 3-1. They will face Bristol Rovers in the next round.

Latapy faces replay.

While Dwight Yorke went clear through to the next round, Russell Latapy has to face the task of a replay. Latapy and Hibernain tied Stirling 1-1 and will have a replay them next week to see who will move on to the sweet sixteen. The winner of the game next week will face Premeirship club Motherwell.

In other action, Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers lost 4-0 to Clyde.