'Cali' leave for Champions League
Caribbean club champions Caledonia AIA leave Trinidad and Tobago for the US today, where they will kick off their CONCACAF Champions League campaign against MLS club Seattle Sounders on Thursday.
The Caledonia squad is captained by veteran midfielder Stephan David, and includes players with international experience such as defender Radanfah Abu Bakr, goalkeeper Glenroy Samuels and striker Jamal Gay. Caledonia technical director Jamaal Shabazz sees his team's Champions League debut as a "major step" in the club's 34-year history.
"This is a big moment for Caledonia and by extension the people of Morvant/Laventille," Shabazz said before the team's departure. "Seattle has the biggest attendance in the MLS [and] we want to do well on this stage."
Caledonia have suffered a big blow with the loss of prolific striker Devorn Jorsling and midfielder Ataulla Guerra. Jorsling has returned to Defence Force FC after last season's loan spell, and Guerra is currently recovering after surgery.
Caledonia squad: Glenroy Samuels, Colin Edwards (goalkeepers); Radanfah Abu Bakr, Nuru Muhammad, Aquil Selby, Kemron Purcell, Walter Moore, Colin Nelson, Aubrey David (defenders); Kareem Joseph, Stephan David (c), Keyon Edwards, Cornelius Stewart, Nathan Lewis, Abdallah Phillips,Trayon Bobb (midfielders); Jamal Gay, Sheldon Holder, Trevin Cesar, Conrad Smith (forwards).
Technical Team - Ricarda Nelson (team administrator), Steve Frederick (manager), Jerry Moe (coach), Donna Wickham (physio).