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Three Overseas Players Invited For Gold Cup Training

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With the senior Bajan Tridents readying themselves to turn their attention to the Concacaf Gold Cup Qualifiers, Head Coach Russell Latapy has invited three players to join the roster.

English winger Curtis Hutson, Dutch left-back Dwayne Green, and Maccabi Tel Aviv striker Nick Blackman, who was absent for the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA 2022 World Cup due to club commitments, are set to join the team for training next week.

“We’ve invited a couple of players to come down and start training with us next week, so we can have a look at them and see if they are in contention for selection moving towards the Gold Cup. Hopefully, everything goes right and we can have these players here in a week or so to train with the team before we depart,” Latapy said, adding that he was concentrating on playing football for 95 minutes.  

Bermuda was last beaten by Canada 5-1; throttled Aruba 5-0; hammered 6-0 by Suriname and drew 1-1 with Cayman Islands.

But President Randy Harris said football played on the day, and it was left up to the players to determine how bad they wanted to win.

“It is played on the day. Football is not like before in the Caribbean where we had a first tier, second tier, and third tier. All of these people are putting a lot of work into preparing their teams, and if we want to win we have to make sure we are helping each other and playing to the best. We have to be confident. I can see the commitment is there. Sometimes I think people just lose it a little bit, but overall I must say there has been an improvement in the culture of the team and also the quality of play and it can only get better.

“We are looking at the short term and hoping that we do amazing things, but I can see where we are going and the head coach really is dealing with the team, and we are improving as we go ahead. Hopefully, by July 2 we will be where we want to be so we can make some inroads into competition in Concacaf in the future,” Harris said.  

The Tridents returned to the island on Tuesday night. Some members still remain in quarantine and training is set to begin next week.

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