St. Croix—The USVI women’s U-20 national soccer team hosted Turks and Caicos for an international series which resulted in two consecutive clean sheets for the USVI.
The USVI women earned two victories over Turks and Caicos defeating them 1-0 in Friday’s match then 2-0 on the following day.
“I was proud of how we withstood the other team’s aggressive play. The defense was outstanding and the team was very focused,” said head coach Eustace Bailey.
Zola Kaza put USVI up early, scoring the only goal of the first match by attacking from the right side of the field in the 16th minute. In the second half, both sides were unable to score due to solid efforts by the two solid goalkeepers.
Bailey credited the defense, especially the strong play of Tia Hughes and goal keeper Levania Lawrence. “The team showed great improvement since our last match versus Antigua and Barbuda,” said Bailey. “Technically we were much better.”
On the following day, USVI’s Zola Kaza remained aggressive scoring two quick goals at the 10th and 16th minute marks. The team’s defense was remained sturdy preventing Turks and Caicos from creating any opportunities.
“Zola is the brain of the team, technically and tactically she was our best player and was good on both offense and defense. She really led us this series,” said Bailey.
Zola Kaza scored all three goals for the USVI squad. She was named the most valuable player.
St. Croix, USVI, March 14, 2015- The USVI Soccer Association will celebrate the St. Patrick’s holiday with a day of competition, music and games for the kids.
On March 14, the USVISA’s Grassroots Festival will feature a day of soccer, holiday-themed games and competition held at Bethlehem field near the Charles H. Emanuel School. The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include the young members of the USVISA’s Grassroots program.
However, the public is “more than welcome and encouraged to join in the festivities”, said president Hillaren Frederick. “We would love to have parents come out and bring the family for a day of soccer, music, bouncies and fun for all.”
The festival will offer free refreshments for the kids. Light food and snacks on sale will go towards next month’s Grassroots festival.
The USVI men’s soccer national team fell short in their friendly versus Antigua and Barbuda losing 2-0.
On Sunday March 8, the Virgin Islands’ men’s national team faced the “Bennaboys” in their lone international friendly before the upcoming World Cup qualifiers versus Barbados. After a patient start by both sides, Antigua and Barbuda’s Javorn Stevens scored the first goal in the 24th minute off of a long pass from the midfield.
In the second half, the USVI adjusted taking a more aggressive approach but Antigua and Barbuda countered and cemented their victory with a deep shot from Tomarley Thomas, putting in the final score of the game, making it 2-0.
USVI head coach Ahmed Mohamed credited Antigua and Barbuda in the win but noted his team’s mistakes saying “a couple of silly mistakes really cost us. We had a lot of chances in the match.”
The USVIMNT will face their first official test on March 22 in the first of the two-legged qualifier series against Barbados. They will return to the Virgin Islands for their second leg versus Barbados at 3:30 p.m. on March 26 at the Addelita Cancryn Field in St. Thomas.
The USVI Soccer Association would like to announce the USVI men’s national team roster for the upcoming international friendly. The men’s team will be facing Antigua & Barbuda in St. John’s, Antigua on March 8 at 7 p.m.
Both, the USVI and Antigua and Barbuda men’s teams are preparing for world cup qualifiers against Barbados and St. Lucia respectively.
The current roster is as follows:
Randal Jn Baptiste
St. Croix and St. Thomas, USVI, March 5, 2015- The USVI Soccer Association would like to announce the final schedule for the remainder of the aggregate knockout tournament held at Schjang Field in St. Croix.
After two weeks of matches, three of the six clubs advance to the next round. True Playerz SC and club champion Helenites SC will face off this Sunday and the next to determine which club will play Unique TSC (Tropical Sports Club) –the team with the best aggregate score– in the final round.
Week 3, 4 and 5 matchups are as follows:
Sunday March 8, 2015-Schjang Field
Match 7 | Helenites SC vs. True Playerz SC 4:00 p.m.
Sunday March 15, 2015-Schjang Field
Match 8 | True Playerz SC vs. Helenites SC 4:00 p.m.
TBD -Schjang Field
Match 9 | Helenites or True Playerz vs. Unique TSC 4:00 p.m.
St. Croix and St. Thomas, USVI, March 3, 2015- The USVI men’s soccer national team will travel to Antigua to play an international friendly on Feb. 8.
On Saturday March 7, the Virgin Islands’ men’s national team will travel to Antigua to play on the following day at 7:00 p.m. Both, the USVI and Antigua and Barbuda men’s teams are preparing for world cup qualifiers against Barbados and St. Lucia respectively.
The USVIMNT will face their first test on March 22 in the first of the two-legged qualifier series against Barbados. They will return to the Virgin Islands and finish their second leg versus Barbados at 3:30 p.m. on March 26 at the Addelita Cancryn Field in St. Thomas.
The USVI Soccer Association hired Ahmed Mohamed to prepare and coach the territory’s men’s national team.
Mohamed brings with him 17 years of experience as a player and coach in both the Swiss Football Association and Somalia Football Federation. He holds a degree in business administration from Feusi College in Switzerland as well as a level “B” and partial level “A” coaching certifications from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the Swiss Football Association.
“I can’t wait to start”, said head coach Mohamed. “I want to help the USVI players and show them how they can play well and play professionally.”
The USVI men’s team will face their first test on March 22 in the first of the two-legged qualifier series against Barbados. They will return to the Virgin Islands and finish their second leg against Barbados at 3:30 p.m. on March 26 at the Addelita Cancryn Field in St. Thomas.
The USVI Soccer Association will host FIFA vice president, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, during his visit to St. Croix on February 27.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will meet with the USVI president Hillaren Frederick and general secretary Keithroy Cornelius. There are plans to visit the site of the USVI Soccer Association’s goal project near the Bethlehem area. The project is still under construction but is to include an office building and accompanying parking lot as well as soccer fields, training facility and grandstand. The project is set to be completed in 2016.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will oppose the incumbent Joseph Blatter in the upcoming election for FIFA president. Prince Ali is president of the Jordan Football Association. He is also the president and founder of the West Asian Football Federation. He was elected vice president representing Asia in January 2011. Prince Ali is also serving as a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and the AFC Executive Committee.
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