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Edwards looking for improved performance against Cuba

first_img Although victory is at the forefront of their minds, preparing the team for the CONCACAF Championship in Panama in April is the main objective. “We definitely want to win the games, but beyond the result, we have to be more mindful of how the team is looking up towards the games against Mexico, El Salvador and USA (CONCACAF group). That is the major focus. Results go a far way in boosting confidence and morale, but beyond the result, we have to be mindful of what we want to achieve and the extent to which we achieved those things. Edwards have faced the Cubans on many occasion in the last few years and believes the two countries have an intense rivalry. “We know we are developing a rivalry between ourselves and Cuba and it is going back many years, and we expect them to come out and fight and play a good game,” he said. Cuba’s coach, Rufino Sotolongo, says this is the first practice game for his team outside of Cuba and that it is very important they get a win. “It (games) is very important. Both teams have qualified for the next round (CONCACAF), so this game is very important, and we are taking it very seriously,” said Sotolongo. Although Sotolongo have seen the young Reggae Boyz play before, he will not dwell on the past. “We have watched them twice in Panama, so we know a bit about them. They have very good players and we respect them, and expect to see good things from them. The games are important, we need to win because it is preparation and we will look at where we are now, because the important thing is to qualify for the World Cup, so we want to know where we are in our preparation,” he said. PREPARING FOR PANAMA After below par performances against their United States and Canadian counterparts, Jamaica Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards says they are looking for marked improvements when they take on Cuba in another two game practice series starting on Sunday at Winchester Park at 3 p.m. The second game is schedule for UWI, Mona on Tuesday. The Jamaicans lost both games to the USA and Canada, and with the implementation of a residential camp, Edwards says they have been able to improve players and the team, and he is expecting a win to boost morale as well. “We have got a lot fitter and stronger, and tactically, we are much better and much better equipped, so we are looking for a better all-round performance at both ends of the pitch and in the middle as well, and you will see a better performance all around. They (players) have been together for a long while, so the cohesiveness and the understanding have developed over the last few weeks due to the residential camp and we are very happy where our preparation is, and we are looking for some good performances,” he said.last_img read more

La Mirada falls short

first_imgAnd when the Matadores took a quick lead about five minutes into the fray, that optimism must have elevated to confidence. But while La Mirada was competitive the remainder of the game, Sunny Hills validated its seeding by coming back for a 4-1 victory to advance to Saturday’s championship game against Mayfair and end the Matadores’ season with an 18-10-2 record. • Photo Gallery: La Mirada vs. Sunny Hills FULLERTON – With only one loss in its previous 13 games (11-1-1), La Mirada High School’s girls soccer team had every right to be optimistic entering Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division III semifinal playoff game against Sunny Hills, even though the host Raiders are the division’s No. 1-seeded team. “I thought we did a pretty good job of handling Tanya (Taylor),” La Mirada coach Dennis Guerra said. “I don’t think we gave her many opportunities to play her game, but that gave other players the chance to step up, and they did. That’s why they’re the No. 1 seed.” Taylor did manage to score her 35th and 36th goals of the season. The rest of the time, she made the Matadores defenders work hard. Lauren Cope scored La Mirada’s goal, set up by Kerry Klunder’s well-executed corner kick. The ball was knocked down in front of the goal, bounced and then was drilled past goalkeeper Ilyana Ari. “Kerry has played tremendously through the playoffs,” Guerra said, “and that corner kick did exactly what it was supposed to do, bounce around in front of the goal.” Taylor’s first goal moments later got the Raiders even with a penalty kick after Cope was called for a hand ball in the penalty area. center_img Kelsie Layana scored her first of two goals in the 36th minute with a header from close in over a teammate and a defender for a 2-1 halftime lead. While most of the first half was played in La Mirada’s half of the field and Matadores goalie Kiki Salazar recorded six of her 10 saves in the half, Sunny Hills (24-1-5) was not afforded many quality attempts because of La Mirada’s hard-working defenders. “I think Kiki played a solid game,” Guerra said. “She did all she could do against a very good team.” La Mirada never really got into an offensive flow and spent much of the game clearing the ball. Sunny Hills scored two goals in quick succession early in the second half, and essentially put the game away. With coach Jeff Gordon exhorting Melanie Serrata to “get the ball up, just a chip shot” on a corner kick, Serrata sent a line drive that teammate Audrey McKay ducked under while attempting a header. But Layana was right behind her and redirected the ball into the goal beyond a diving Salazar. The goal gave Sunny Hills a 3-1 lead. Two minutes later, Taylor gained possession just inside midfield, and serpentined her way through a handful of defenders before making a successful shot from about 15 yards to complete the scoring. “I think set plays were the difference today,” Gordan said. “Tanya came up big today, and we had a very good defensive effort all around. “We didn’t make a lot of adjustments. We have a system we stick to no matter who we’re playing. It seems to work.” in the 52nd minute roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Van Gaal’s singing, Rodgers’ Liverpool future and a Harry Kane hat-trick – it’s the The Warm Up with Max Rushden

first_imgListen to Max and Barry discuss the weekend’s sport, including such hot topics as Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool future, Louis van Gaal’s singing, Adebayor earning money for nothing and Sam Matterface’s stag do.The chaps are joined on the show by former Bradford, Burnley and Leeds striker Robbie Blake for their ‘Footballers Are Nice’ feature, Olympic badminton medalist and Spurs fan Gail Emms, plus the 1985 Mercantile Credit Classic winner, aka former snooker pro and Leicester fan Willie Thorne.Get The Warm Up podcast with Max Rushden every week for free by subscribing on iTunes herelast_img read more