Army open Pro League defence
Defence Force are the defending champions and Central FC were last season’s most promising team when finishing a respectable fifth in their first season of the Digicel Pro League. Today, the two teams kick off the new season in the opening match of a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Defence Force have retained most of the squad that won last year’s Pro League and $400,000 first prize. The Army expect a tougher season now that the champions prize has been increased to $1 million, but expect to do well again, with a squad that also includes some new youngsters. They start today without Devorn Jorsling, last year’s Pro League top-scorer with 20 goals. But, Defence Force have many goal-scoring options, including Richard Roy and Kevon Carter, who both played for the national team last year.
“We have standards to uphold being the defending champions,” stated Army winger Carter, last season’s third highest goal-scorer with 11 goals.
At Central FC, former England international defender Terry Fenwick (coach) has added Jan Michael Williams, Trinidad and Tobago national team starting keeper, to his increasingly powerful squad. Central were a handful for everyone they faced last year.
Fenwick has elevated midfielder Jason Marcano to be team captain, and the dribbling midfielder expects them to win a few trophies this season.
“Expect a lot of good things from us. We are a young, strong team looking to get the million (dollar first prize).”
Tomorrow, Pro League action shifts to the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain where Rangers entertain DirecTV W Connection in the opener and last year’s runners-up Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA take on North East Stars.
6 p.m. - Central FC v Defence Force, Ato Boldon Stadium
8 p.m. - Police FC v Point Fortin Civic FC, Ato Boldon Stadium
5 p.m. - St Ann’s Rangers v W Connection, Hasely Crawford Stadium
7 p.m. - Caledonia AIA v North East Stars, Hasely Crawford Stadium