Upsetters Booters Begin D.C. Series

Moriah L. Redden
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Virgin Islands Daily News

The Barclay Maple Upsetters soccer team was scheduled to face Howard University's 1971 and 1974 Division I Champion squad in the first match of a series on tap through Sept. 9 in Washington D.C.

"We're going to be bad in D.C." said Laurence Singh, player-manager of the Upsetters Wednesday, prior to his team's departure. "We've been under intensive training for six weeks. We'll be playing real good soccer."

Saturday the 1979 St. Thomas Soccer Association champion runners-up will meet their host and sponsor, the Trinidad and Tobago All-stars. The latter recently won a Labor Day tournament in New York City.

Sunday, the Junior Sports Club soccer team, which won a championship series in Baltimore, will be the Upsetters final soccer opponent. According to Singh, the squad, which also received recognition for being the 1980 Virgin islands cricket champions, will conclude their tour with a 40-over match against the Trindees, Washington D.C. champions.

Although competition appears fierce, Singh spoke confidently about his 18-member team. Seven of the men are reinforcements from Brazil International and Caines Auto United teams. Conrad Thomas, Wayne Gonzales, Shirlon Maynard, Derrick Neil and Jerome Barrington, newly elected coach for the Upsetters, were players Singh mentioned that will give the Upsetters an extra boost.

Asked whether the pre-season games will give the Upsetters an unfair advantage over the division for the 1980-81 season Singh replied: "Every year we have been doing this. We either go off to play teams or host them. We're planning to have a team from East Germany come down in February and a team from Italy this November."

As for the soccer season in St. Thomas, the former president of the Association said it has been delayed. "It should have started last week, but it's been held back because we had three scheduled meetings to elect new officers and no one attended," Singh said.

Singh added the reason he would not repeat a term as president was because "I received a big promotion on my job."