Caledonia AIA new-boy Ralph Lundy III is promising to bring something new and exciting to the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League. And it has nothing to do with the fact that he is one of the few Americans to ever play professionally in the twin-island.
The 23-year-old Lundy, yet to make his mark anywhere professionally, said: “I can bring some excitement and something that people aren’t accustomed to seeing on a regular basis.
“I think my skills set is with my distribution and creating chances to go to goal--my vision--that’s definitely apart from players down here.”
Lundy will get a chance to back his boast today when Caledonia AIA face a very speedy San Juan Jabloteh team in the second match of a Hasely Crawford Stadium double-header from eight p.m.. Earlier, Police take on Central FC in an upper-table clash. Leaders W Connection are in action tomorrow when they travel to Mahaica Oval to meet second-placed Point Fortin Civic.
Lundy is a former teammate of T&T and recently signed Central FC midfielder Sean de Silva at the College of Charleston, where his father Ralph Lundy II continues to serve as the long-standing and very successful coach.
Unknown to most, Lundy has very close ties to T&T. Ever since his junior years he would frequently visit Tobago--the island of his parents’ honeymoon--where he would train under his father’s friend and former T&T head coach, Bertille St Clair, at the Bertille St Clair Coaching School.
St Clair and current T&T technical director Anton Corneal both served Lundy’s father at his Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy Summer Camp in the past, and well before that, Corneal and Kestor Lendor, president of Super League club Real Maracas, played under Ralph Lundy II while attending Erskine College and College of Charleston, respectively.
“Literally, (St. Clair) raised me in soccer and I have to credit him a lot in terms of my soccer. Both him and Anton Corneal had a massive role in my soccer development,” said Lundy III.
Lundy arrived in T&T last November on the invitation of Lendor, but explained, “I got the opportunity to train with Caledonia and coach Jamaal (Shabazz) thought I can make a difference in his team.”
“He would certainly add some colour to the team,” said Shabazz. “His ability to play the ball to the back of defences is something that we need in the team. And for him to choose to play with us, has humbled us tremendously…that Caledonia could attract players of different races. Who knows? Very soon the nephew of Sat Maharaj--the secretary general of the major Hindu organisation in T&T, the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha--will come to our team.”
Caledonia have signed several new players, including midfielders Jameel “Shooter” Neptune, 20, Guyanese Pernell Schultz, 19, Dylon King, 20, and Vincentian Nical Stephens, 21, St Lucian defender Otev Lawrence, 17, and forwards, St Lucian Lester Joseph, 20, Grenadian Denron Frederick, 24, and veteran Conrod Smith, returning from a short stint at St Ann’s Rangers. Jamaican goalkeeper Kevin Graham, 30, has also returned, while 21-year-old goalkeeper Jesse Peters has been snapped up.
6 p.m., Police FC v Central FC, Hasely Crawford Stadium
8 p.m., San Juan Jabloteh v Caledonia AIA, Hasely Crawford Stadium
3.30 p.m., Point Fortin Civic FC v W Connection, Mahaica Oval
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Direct TV W Connection 12 10 2 0 27 5 22 32
Point Fortin Civic FC 12 5 2 5 17 14 3 17
North East Stars 11 5 2 4 11 8 3 17
Police FC 12 5 2 5 18 20 -2 17
Caledonia AIA 11 3 5 3 17 14 3 14
Central FC 10 3 5 2 13 11 2 14
Defence Force 8 4 1 3 15 14 1 13
San Juan Jabloteh 11 3 1 7 18 27 -9 10
St. Ann’s Rangers 11 1 0 10 11 34 -23 3