John Wins Again

Marc Purcell
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National striker Stern John, has won his second MLS player of the week award this year. John won the award due to his hat trick last weekend versus San Jose. It was his first game back from a separated elbow injury he suffered three weeks ago.

John won the award last month also on a hat trick performance this time versus Miami. Those were his first three goals of the season. John is third in the league in goal scoring with seven just one goal behind for second place.

If John should continue scoring, he will be strong candidate for rookie of the year. Last season he was the A-League rookie they year. Despite his scoring and twice winning player of the week, John's name is still absent from the MLS All-Star ballots to pick the World team. I guess John is like Roger Dangerfield of the MLS; he gets no respect at all.

High price deters Manchester United

John Gregory's wish of keeping Dwight Yorke at Aston Villa seems to be coming through. Case in point is the slapping of a £15 million transfer fee on Yorke. Manchester United is in hot pursuit of Yorke but the fee is serving as a deterrent to the former champions.

According to press reports Yorke is unhappy with the high fee. However, Villa has come up with a package that they hope will satisfy Dwight. Apart from a pay raise from £7,000 a week to £21,000 a week, Villa management is handing Yorke a £5.5 million signing bonus for his signature on a contract extension. Yorke's current contract concludes at the end of next season.

New York trip pays dividends

Call it the Big Apple's charm but T&T players are reaping the benefit's of last weekend's game with Jamaica. According to published reports, European scouts were impressed by the play of goalie Clayton Ince and forward Jerren Nixon.

Clayton Ince had a good game stopping various shots from the Jamaican forwards. Nixon also had a good game with some good runs and setup the wining goal in the 65th minute.

Ince has already gathered interest from European clubs. The cousin of English captain Paul Ince, Clayton had a stint with Wrexham but failed to secure a contract because of work permit restrictions. He has since moved on to another team.

Nixon already at FC Zurich, has raised several eyebrows across Europe. Since his move from Dundee United in Scotland to Zurich, he has attracted interest from Southampton and Derby County in the English Premiership and Watford in the second division.

Another person gathering interest is national team captain David Nahkid. Nahkid currently at New England in the MLS, is already subject to transfer talks with Tottenham Hotspurs in the English top flight and has raised the interest of Watford in the English second division.

In the starting lineup...

Brian Haynes and Mickey Trotman of Dallas will take on Los Angeles on Thursday and DC United on Sunday. Stern John will be looking to add more goals to the scoring sheets when he along with his cousin Ancil Elcock and the Columbus Crew take on Chicago. You can hear hear the game via at 8:00pm on Saturday. On Sunday David Nahkid and Evans Wise of New England will take on Los Angeles.

In the A-League, Avery John and the Trini crew at Raleigh will be looking to get back to there winning ways when they face Charleston. Craig Demmin and Rochester are at home this weekend. On Friday they face Long Island and on Sunday they face Staten Island. Wendell Regis and Hershey face Staten Island on Friday. On Sunday, Shawn Boney and Connecticut will face Jacksonville. Finally in Toronto, Terry St. Louis face Long Island at home.