With two matches remaining in their 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) campaign, Neal & Massy Caledonia AIA hope to make an exit on a high note.
Local qualifiers AIA and DirecTV
W Connection are both in CCL action in mid-week. Caledonia face Mexico’s Toluca on Wednesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain while a day later, W Connection—whose hopes are very much still alive—entertain Panama’s Arabe Unido at the same venue. There is an 8 p.m. start for both matches.
Cali lost 3-1 to Deportivo Toluca in Mexico on kick-off day of the Championship and went down 3-0 to CSD Comunicaciones in their first home game at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, bringing their winless streak to six matches in the tournament.
After winning the first Caribbean Foot-
ball Union (CFU) Club Championship trophy in the club’s 34-year history, Caledonia booked a trip to the CONCACAF
Champions League for the first time, landing in the same group as MLS side Seattle Sounders and CDS Marathons of Honduras but did not win a match.
For a second successive year, Caledonia are into the CCL, but have already tasted defeat twice.
As the club prepares to host Toluca in their return fixture on September 18, head coach Jamaal Shabazz aims for full points.
“We’re six points down,” said Shabazz,“but we still can get six points from our next two games. In the game against Toluca, we’re going to try and get six points because we owe it to Trinidad and Tobago, we owe it to the clubs in the Pro-League and we owe it to Caribbean football to make a strong finish and try to get six points.”
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCHES:
• (Wednesday, Sept 18) 8p.m.—Caledonia AIA (TRI)
v Toluca FC (MEX), Hasley Crawford Stadium
• (Thursday, Sept 19) 8 p.m.—W Connection (TRI)
v Arabe Unido (PAN), Hasley Crawford Stadium