Army coach Russell wants more trophies
Defence Force, the 2012-2013 Digicel Pro League champions, will start their campaign to retain their title without talismanic striker Devorn Jorsling.
The “Teteron Boys” kick off the new season seeking revenge against DirecTV W Connection in the Digicel Charity Shield on Friday from 7 p.m. at Hasely Crawford Stadium, a match that pits the League winners against the Digicel Pro Bowl champions.
Last year those teams met in the Charity Shield, which was won 2-0 by Connection, who also stopped the Army from repeating as Pro Bowl champions in the semi-final round.
And according to the Pro League, Jorsling will be unavailable for most of September, as the Army private is currently on a promotion course to the rank of lance corporal.
Connection have a bit more South American flavour in their lineup this time around. Brazilians Celio Guilherme Da Silva Santos and João Ananias Jordão Júnior have joined the “Savonetta Boys”, along with Colombians Yefer Steven Lozano Rubiano, Yhon Stiven Reyes Lopez and Camilo Andres Ortega Diaz, and Italian striker Mirko Delia.
The Army have seen few changes to their roster, with defender Cory Rivers again leading the team, and national winger Kevon Carter and striker Richard Roy providing much of their offence.
Coach Ross Russell has not forgotten that his team won the League, but missed out on Cup silverware. They featured in the First Citizens Cup, Toyota Classic, FA Trophy, Lucozade Sport Goal Shield and Digicel Pro Bowl and returned to base empty-handed.
“This (season) we are looking to fill the (cabinet),” an ambitious Russell told TT Pro League. “We are looking to get more trophies in there.”
Russell has seen progress in the junior ranks, and is hoping his seniors can step up their game as well.
“I think the team has set different goals (this time around),” Russell stated. “Before I used to set the goals because I love to play CFU (Caribbean Football Union) and Concacaf (Champions League), and because I think those are the right spots for clubs in Trinidad and Tobago to showcase themselves and their talents, as well as stretch your coaching knowledge.
“So I think the team is more focused this season. Last season we just wanted to win back our (League) trophy that we lost to W Connection, and we did that. So this season we are going to try to retain our title and try to win at least two or three (knockout titles).”