Although having failed to qualify out of respective groups in the CONCACAF Champions’ League, winless W Connection and Caledonia are chasing happy endings in their final outing of the 2012 CCL on Wednesday night.
W Connection, with one point from three matches, hosts Mexican giants and ‘points hungry’ second positioned Chivas Guadalajara (3 points) from 8pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Trinidad in Group 8.
Connection are hoping to finish better than last week’s 3-2 defeat against group leader Xelaju MC (7 points) in Guatemala having played probably its best match of the CCL group stage.
And from 10pm in Honduras, Caledonia with one point to its name after three outings, takes on CD Marathon also with one point and in search of its first Group 4 win. Both teams played to a 0-0 draw in Trinidad last month.
A win for the 2011-2012 Digicel Pro League champs Connection and or Caledonia will definitely be a boost for Trinidad and Tobago football, but it’s surely going to be a tough task in attempting such a feat against their respective Mexican and the Honduran opponents.
“We are looking forward to the game against Chivas,” W Connection head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier told ttproleague.com on Tuesday.
“We like playing against opponents such as Chivas and teams of that level. Although we haven’t won a game in our three outings, we had a chance at winning in all three. We lost 4-0 in Mexico against Chivas, but we only gave away those goals in the last twenty-five minutes or so, of the game.
And against Xelaju in our last game we got back in the game twice. So we’ll be approaching the game (against Chivas) in a positive manner,” concluded the Connection coach.
Xelaju which came from behind to draw 2-2 against Connection in their opening match, leads Group 8 with 7 points, having defeated Chivas 1-0 in the first leg and Connection 3-2 in the second leg.
Meantime in Group 4, Major League Soccer club Seattle Sounders leads the group with 9 points and are safely into the quarterfinal round of the 2012 CONCACAF Champions’ League. Sounders defeated Caledonia by near identical 3-1 results in both home and away matches and finished 3-2 winners against Marathon in Honduras.
Caledonia headed by Coach Jamaal Shabazz and assistant coach Jerry Moe, departed Trinidad on Monday for Honduras with a 21-man squad—Aubrey David, Nuru Abdullah Muhammad, Colin Nelson, Aquil Selby, Trevin Caesar, Stephan David, Conrad Smith, Keyon Edwards, Cornelius Stewart, Abdallah Phillip, Kareem Joseph, Trayon Bobb, Walter Moore, Kerlon Ferguson, Densill Theobald, Jamal Gay, Kemron Purcell, Nathan Lewis, Sheldon Holder and goalkeepers Glenroy Samuel and Colin Edwards.