Trotman: "I Want To Play!"

Marc Purcell
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Mickey Trotman wants to play for the national senior team. Speaking to TTFOL Trotman said that he will like an oppurtunity to play for the senior "strike squad" having only played for them at the youth level. Trotman stated: "Together with Stern, myself and Jerren we can get ready for 2002."

He commented on his season being mixed so far. However, he credits fellow national Brian Haynes as being a big help to his transition.

The Dallas Burn forward last represented T&T in the Olympic qualifiers in Edmonton. Trotman was unable to train due to injury with the national team last December for the Gold Cup tournament. Trotman was supposed to make his debut for the senior team last month in St. Kitts but was not released by his club in time for the mini tournament.

Last year Trotman worked well with Stern John at New Orleans. There partnership up front contributed to the majority of the then Gambler's offense. Due to last year's performance Trotman was courted by European scouts for possible moves to teams in Norway and Switzerland.

Joe Public to represent Caribbean

Local club Joe Public will represent the Caribbean in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. They are expected to play MLS champs DC United in quarterfinal action on August 11th in Washington DC. They are following on the heals of United Petrotrin who lost to DC United 1-0 last year. Joe Public were invited to the tournament because the Caribbean Club Championship, which is supposed to decide who went to the tournament, will be held in November.

Joe Public is easily the biggest club in Trinidad and Tobago. The club is owned by FIFA Vice President Jack Warner. It is reported that the Tunapuna based club has an operating budget of TT$2,000,000 or US$318,000. They boast of several national players and a trio of Mexican players. They have been active in the transfer market acquiring former national midfielder Arnold Dwarika last year from East Fife.

Under 20's to face USA

The national under 20 team will face their US rivals in a two match set this week. They will face the USA on the July 10th and 12th in Port of Spain. This will be preparation for the Concacaf Under 20 tournament scheduled for Trinidad in August.

The national team coached by Peter Granville has been under camp since September of last year. The Concacaf tournament is going to be very difficult. They are in the same group with Canada, Costa Rica and the USA. The top two teams will advance to next year's World Championship scheduled for Nigeria. Trinidad and Tobago has already qualified for a World Championship back in Portugal in 1991.

In the MLS

We start off in Dallas where Brian Haynes scored his third goal of the season in a loosing cause for the Burn. Dallas lost to Chicago 4-1. Mickey Trotman also started but could not help. In the return match with Chicago at home they lost again but to the much more respectable score line of 1-0.

Stern John, Ansil Elcock and the Columbus Crew lost to San Jose 2-1 in a shoot out. The lost sends the Crew to 8-8 on the season. John assisted on Columbus' only goal of the game.

David Nahkid and New England bounced back from a 1-0 lost to Kansas City late last week to defeat Tampa Bay 3-2.

In the A-league, Lester Felician and New Orleans defeated Milwaukee 2-1.

It was not a happy Canada day weekend for Terry St. Louis and Toronto. They traveled to Montreal for the battle of Canadian teams on Canada day and got beaten 6-0. They then headed south across the border and were defeated again this time to Staten Island 2-1.

It was a mixed weekend for Shawn Boney and Connecticut. They defeated Worester 4-3 in a shoot-out win. They traveled to Montreal and were once again they were involved in a shoot-out. However, this time they lost 3-2.

Craig Demmin and Rochester beat Western Mass. 3-1.

Finally, help is desperately needed for Marvin Raeburn and Raleigh. They lost to Hampton Roads 1-0 on Thursday and again to fellow Trini Barry Swift and the US-Pro 40 team 2-0.