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2014-05-29 / Sports

Popular Caribbean Soccer Tournament Kicks Off Festivities In ENY

Photos and text by Jerry Del Priore

Team Grenada The 23rd annual New York Caribbean Cup Soccer Tournament held its opening day on Sunday at the Thomas Jefferson Sports Complex on Flatlands Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn, featuring three exciting matches.

The tournament is considered the highest level of play in amateur competitions in New York City and in the Eastern New York State Soccer Association family, which governs soccer on the Eastern Seaboard, tournament officials said.

All six teams from the East Zone (Jamaica, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Barbados and Dominica) will face each other during regular tourney play, while the other six from the West (St. Lucia, Guyana, Panama, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda) will follow suit, with four squads from each division making the playoffs.

The tournament will conclude with the championship game taking place on Sunday, August 31st at 4:45 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Sports Complex, the site of all games.

Team Panama Several of the players come from club teams, and use the tournament as a means to showcase their abilities in order to earn an opportunity to play collegiately or professionally some day.

“This is where we highlight most of the players playing for the local national team,” Antony Henry, head coach of Team Trinidad & Tobago, explained. “A good deal of these players are looking toward getting scholarships for colleges should we get the right scouts to come, and take a look at them. “

As for the other “futbol” players for Trinidad &

Team Trinidad & Tobago
Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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