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Haynes linked with Dallas FC
Former T&T player Brian Haynes has been linked to the head coach job for Dallas FC.
Haynes played for Dallas Burn between 1996 and 2000 and is currently head coach of NASL club Atlanta Silverbacks which he has led to the final of the Soccer Bowl carded for November 9.
He confirmed to Dallas News on the weekend that he would be interested in the Dallas FC job. If he does get the post, he will become the first player from the Caribbean, to become head coach of an MLS club.
“Yeah, the intrigue first and foremost is always to be considered for the club you played for and coached for. That’s a club that took care of my family for 10 years financially as a player and as an assistant coach,” said Haynes.
“And now that I’m in my career as a head coach here in Atlanta, the MLS is always an intrigue of mine and wanting to come back. I would really love to see Dallas become one of the teams that’s vying for a championship every year.”
Haynes said that he would be ready to jump back into the MLS.
“Of course. I’m humbled that anybody would offer me a job and if it’s Dallas, it’s even much more intriguing because like I said, I played there and I had coached there. I was part of the success there and I would love the opportunity but I’m honoured either way.”
Mitchell delighted with unsung hero award
He wasn’t even to be a main fixture for Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS this season but national defender Carlyle Mitchell, after a series of strong performances for the club, took home the Whitecaps’ Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero award at a ceremony at the Bank of Montreal main branch, last week.
Mitchell returned to Whitecaps from Edmonton earlier this year after some of the clubs main backline players were on the injury list. And he took his opportunity with open arms, so much that he played the club’s last seven games in its entirety.
“In soccer, many things happen,” said Mitchell yesterday. “Guys have injuries, you know, so when you’re called you’ve got to be ready. I just went to Edmonton to have playing time and I had some good games over there so…I came back to Vancouver with a lot of experience.
“From last year to this year is a huge step…and you know, as games go along you get more confidence and more comfortable in the team.”
And Vancouver seems to be convinced that sending Mitchell on loan to Edmonton earlier on was the right call.
“The loan to Edmonton, from our perspective, it achieved exactly what we wanted it to,” said president Bob Lenarduzzi.
“It was to be a season-long loan to get him games and obviously with the centre back curse that we had, he came back to us. “But I think the injuries to DeMerit and O’Brien have actually provided a great opportunity for a player like Carlyle to do what he’s done. As far as Carlyle is concerned, a just reward that he’s received.”
Digicel marketing head supports Caribbean Pro League idea
The time is right for a Caribbean Professional League. That’s the opinion of Kieran Foley, Digicel Group Marketing Operations director, whose company sponsors 17 national federations and national teams in Concacaf. Digicel are also the former title sponsors of the Caribbean Cup.
Concacaf boss Jeffrey Webb announced at the recent football summit in the Cayman islands that he was foreseeing a Caribbean Pro League in the next three-four years. And Foley agreed that it could be a successful venture.
“Sponsors and partners are looking for vehicles to talk to people. If you can do that, work with brands from the off-set, then you are not that far away from it. You have all government ministers here, leaders of state, football associations – now is the time,” said Foley.
“We are in a fantastic opportunity, we need to understand it and take advantage of it,” he said.
Boucaud happy to be back in T&T colours
A series of strong performances by English-born midfielder Andre Boucaud has gained him a lot of attention among followers of the national team in recent times. The Notts County player, wearing the number 14 shirt, attracted interest from those who witnessed the T&T versus New Zealand friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, recently.
His strong presence and composure on the ball, his work ethic and his ability to surprise defences with forward surges, as was the case with his goal against Saudi Arabia, are some of his key elements which have seen head coach Stephen Hart keep faith in him.
Boucaud says it’s down to belief that he could still have a future in international football.
“I think after I came back into the national team in 2011 after such a lengthy lay off and then still have to sit on the bench, it could have been easy to throw in the towel,” said Boucaud.
“But I kept believing and I kept working hard. Then the chance came and I grabbed it. I think my performances can still be better but it hasn’t been bad and I’m pleased about it. I like how the coach (Stephen Hart) is carrying the team now. My game is up and I want to continue being part of the efforts going forward,” he added.
The 29-year-old midfielder has also played for Peterborough, Luton Town, York City, Kettering Town and Wycombe Wanderers. Currently he is a regular first teamer with Notts County.
Shaun Fuentes is the director of communications for the TTFA. [email protected]
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